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Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit for Release of Pentagon Tapes

For Immediate Release
Mar 1, 2006 Contact: Press Office
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Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit Against Defense Department for Withholding Video of 9/11 Attack on Pentagon

DOD has “no legal basis” to refuse release of videotape

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it filed a lawsuit on February 22, 2006 against the Department of Defense to force the release of a video that allegedly shows United Flight 77 striking the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Judicial Watch seeks the information in part to help put to rest conspiracy theories that a government drone or missile hit the Pentagon rather than the hijacked United airplane.

Judicial Watch originally filed a Freedom of Information Act request on December 15, 2004, seeking all records pertaining to camera recordings from the Sheraton National Hotel, the Nexcomm/Citgo gas station, Pentagon security cameras and the Virginia Department of Transportation. The Department of Defense admitted in a January 26, 2005 letter that it possessed a videotape responsive to Judicial Watch’s request. However, the Pentagon advised that the video is exempt from release because it is, “part of an ongoing investigation involving Zacarias Moussaoui.”

Judicial Watch argues in its lawsuit that “there is no legal basis” for the DOD’s refusal to release the videotape. First, while the Freedom of Information Act does allow an exemption for ongoing law enforcement investigations, the Defense Department does not have law enforcement authority over Moussaoui. That belongs to the Department… Continue reading

The Legend of United Flight 93

by Ted Rall

On the first anniversary of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge delivered a speech at the site of the disaster in western Pennsylvania. “Faced with the most frightening circumstances one could possibly imagine,” he told grieving relatives of the passengers and crewmembers aboard the fourth plane hijacked on 9/11, “they met the challenge like citizen soldiers, like Americans.” He recited the now-familiar story of passengers learning by phone about the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, deciding to fight back and breaking into the cockpit–a heroic act that led to their own deaths while sparing countless others in Washington.

“The terrorists were right to fear an uprising,” Ridge rhapsodized. “The passengers and crew did whatever they humanly could–boil water, phone the authorities, and ultimately rush the cockpit to foil the attack.”

Ridge’s boss repeatedly used United 93 to close his standard stump speech. Calling the passenger revolt “the most vivid and sad symbol of them all,” George W. Bush said: “People are flying across the country on an airplane, at least they thought they were. They learned the plane was going to be used as a weapon. They got on their telephones. They were told the true story. Many of them told their loved ones goodbye. They said they loved them. They said a prayer; a prayer was said. One guy said, ‘Let’s roll.’ They took the plane into the ground.”

The legend of Flight 93 had everything a… Continue reading

Spitzer Collects Endorsements And Heckles

Here’s how to shut down a ritzy Democratic Party fund-raiser: just ask some simple questions about 9/11.

66% of the electorate in 2004 asked Attorney General Spitzer for an independent investigation into 9/11. Spitzer refused. So, yesterday, I interrupted his speech and asked him why. The really surprising turn of events is that none the upper West Side liberals who came up to talk to me afterwards censured me for the disruption, instead they gave me pointers on how to do it better next time. Many stayed on to talk about 9/11, and the untold story there. Meanwhile, Spitzer and the career politicians cancelled their planned Q&A session, and slunked off stage. No one got around to asking for money at this “fund-raiser.” Meanwhile, at the back of the room, five mainstream newspaper reporters and a TV camera talked to me about my Senate race, my book, 9/11, and Vox Pop. Here’s the first media hit, below. Remember: The Hicks For Senate Campaign, Green Party people, and 9/11 Truth people and other groups are holding a big protest outside Spitzer’s office on 3/22, Wed., 12-2 PM. It’s lunchtime at Ground Zero/Wall Street. The Cover-Up is OVER!

HEADLINE: Spitzer Collects Endorsements And Heckles

By DAVID LOMBINO – Staff Reporter of the Sun

The state attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, picked up several endorsements from key Manhattan Democrats yesterday in his race for governor even as he fended off an angry verbal attack by a heckler at an Upper West Side synagogue.

Mr.… Continue reading

Allegations of Bribes to 9/11 Commission – Pakistan

The 9/11 Commission made “dramatic changes” to its final report to omit information about the role of Pakistan, according to The Friday Times, a Pakistani weekly. After learning that the report would contain damaging revelations, the Pakistani government dispatched lobbyists to Washington to influence the 9/11 Commission, and may have even paid bribes to Commission members or their staff, the weekly says, citing an official at the Pakistani Foreign Office. “The disclosure sheds doubt on the integrity and honesty of the members of the 9/11 Inquiry Commission and above all on the authenticity of the information in their final report,” according to one source cited by the weekly.

The story was picked up yesterday by The Telegraph of Calcutta, India and is now shooting around the blogosphere. We cannot vouch for its veracity, but we can guess at the sort of information that both the US and the Pakistani government might have wanted to omit from The 9/11 Commission Report:

For example, prior to Sept. 11 the chief of the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI allegedly approved a $100,000 wire transfer to a certain Mohamed Atta. Yet the same ISI chief, Mahmud Ahmed, was in Washington for a working visit to his counterparts in the US government for more than a week prior to Sept. 11. On the morning of 9/11 itself, he was having breakfast at the Capitol with the future congressional investigators of the September 11th events. These alleged investigators, Porter Goss and Bob Graham, somehow failed… Continue reading

Citizens Counter-Coup Action: Week of 3/11/2006

Action Plan: Citizens Counter-Coup
http://3c.911truth.org

March 15, 2006

Saturday, March 11th marked 4 years and 6 months since 9/11/01. We at 911truth.org appeal to all concerned citizens to participate in the monthly action known as Citizens Counter-Coup to raise a groundswell demanding truth and justice for 9/11. First, an overview of recent events which highlight the necessity for this campaign.

There is much to report in the last month. It has been revealed by NSA whistleblower Russell Tice that there are NSA spying programs that are even worse than what has been disclosed. This information is so top secret he can’t even tell Congress.

It has been revealed that the FBI’s reason for not releasing tapes of Flight 77 striking the Pentagon is because it will affect the Moussaui case, even though he has already pled guilty. Is there any logic here?

The Bush Administration and a secretive agency which authorizes business transactions with foreign countries wants to allow UAE to run several main U.S. ports. Even Republican leaders in Congress are in disbelief. It’s interesting that a sheik from the United Arab Emirates contributed at least $1 million to the Bush Library Foundation, which established the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station (AP). Could this deal be a quid pro quo? Forget that UAE was a financial base for several of the alleged hijackers, and a transfer point for shipments of smuggled nuclear components to Iran, North Korea and Libya by a rogue Pakistani… Continue reading

New Yorkers Challenge NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer – Protest

March 15, 2006

Attention New Yorkers! Please be advised of the following, and forward to your own lists for the fullest participation possible.

DATE: Wed., March 22nd, 2006

TIME: 12 pm ? 2 pm

LOCATION: 120 Broadway (south of Fulton St. – The building belongs to Silverstein Properties!)

ADDITIONAL ACTIONS:

2 pm demonstration at Ground Zero

4 pm demonstration at Wall St. & Broadway to engage the financial district

In November of 2004, an independent inquiry into the events of 9/11 titled Citizens Complaint & Petition was submitted to Eliot Spitzer?s office. His deputy, William Casey, personally received it. In public events Mr. Spitzer was asked for a response to this Complaint, which he acknowledged knowing about. To this day there has been no response.

Now earlier this month, in special Congressional hearings on Able Danger we see more cause for suspicion. Able Danger was a Pentagon terrorist tracking operation. News broke last summer with whistleblowers reporting they knew about Mohamed Atta in early 2000, but experienced suppression of their testimony by the 9/11 Commission. Here is another scenario where Eliot Spitzer?s behavior raises more red flags which should outrage all Americans. He barred his top aide, Deputy Attorney General Dietrich Snell, from testifying at these hearings which occurred after 248 Congresspersons petitioned the Pentagon.

In the 2004 book by five-time Emmy award-winning journalist Peter Lance called Cover Up: What the Government is Still Hiding About the War on Terror, he makes a damning statement about Dietrich Snell. “Under… Continue reading

9/11 Truth Breaking Through?

In the past two weeks, a number of 9/11 truth-related comments have been made via various media sources, suggesting a broader awareness of the need for 9/11 truth and justice is finally reaching mainstream America–a little. Following are a few examples:

Wesley Clark, 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate, General, US Army, Ret., on ABC?s ‘This Week’ Sunday, March 5: Watch the full segment here: http://www.911truth.org/media/wesleyclark911.mov

“We’ve never finished the investigation of 9/11 and whether the administration actually misused the intelligence information it had. The evidence seems pretty clear to me. I’ve seen that for a long time.”

US Representative Dennis Kucinich

“I want to call to the attention of the House the juxtaposition of two news stories. One [...] relating to 9/11. It says ‘Federal officials were repeatedly warned in the months before the September 11, 2001 terror attacks that Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda were planning aircraft hijacking suicide attacks, according to a news report that the Bush administration had been repressing.’ And this, from the front page of the Washington Post, ‘a newly leaked video recording the high level government deliberation the day before Hurricane Katrina hit shows disaster officials emphatically warning President Bush that the storm posed a catastrophic threat to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, and a grim-faced Bush personally assuring state leaders that his administration was ?fully prepared? to help. Now, do we see a pattern here? 9/11? Katrina? They knew something was going to happen and they didn’t act. They knew that if they… Continue reading

Is Another 9/11 in the Works?

By Paul Craig Roberts

03/15/06 “ICH’ — – If you were President George W. Bush with all available US troops tied down by the Iraqi resistance, and you were unable to control Iraq or political developments in the country, would you also start a war with Iran?

Yes, you would.

Bush’s determination to spread Middle East conflict by striking at Iran does not make sense.

First of all, Bush lacks the troops to do the job. If the US military cannot successfully occupy Iraq, there is no way that the US can occupy Iran, a country approximately three times the size in area and population.

Second, Iran can respond to a conventional air attack with missiles targeted on American ships and bases, and on oil facilities located throughout the Middle East.

Third, Iran has human assets, including the Shia majority population in Iraq, that it can activate to cause chaos throughout the Middle East.

Fourth, polls of US troops in Iraq indicate that a vast majority do not believe in their mission and wish to be withdrawn. Unlike the yellow ribbon folks at home, the troops are unlikely to be enthusiastic about being trapped in an Iranian quagmire in addition to the Iraqi quagmire.

Fifth, Bush’s polls are down to 34 percent, with a majority of Americans believing that Bush’s invasion of Iraq was a mistake.

If you were being whipped in one fight, would you start a second fight with a bigger and stronger person?

That’s what Bush is… Continue reading

9/11 Truth in the Media

In the past few weeks, 9/11 truth has been squeaking out, to various degrees, through various media sources, suggesting a broader awareness of the need for 9/11 truth and justice is finally reaching mainstream America — a little. Following is a sampling of these.

Added 3/20: Incredible truth spoken on Boston Legal TV program: Watch here, then pass it on!

Wesley Clark, 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate, General, US Army, Ret., on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, March 5. Watch the full segment here.

Clark: “We”ve never finished the investigation of 9/11 and whether the administration actually misused the intelligence information it had. The evidence seems pretty clear to me. I’ve seen that for a long time.”

US Representative Dennis Kucinich acknowledges government foreknowledge (Watch here)

“I want to call to the attention of the House the juxtaposition of two news stories. One [...] relating to 9/11. It says ‘Federal officials were repeatedly warned in the months before the September 11, 2001 terror attacks that Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda were planning aircraft hijacking suicide attacks, according to a news report that the Bush administration had been repressing.’ And this, from the front page of the Washington Post, ‘a newly leaked video recording the high level government deliberation the day before Hurricane Katrina hit shows disaster officials emphatically warning President Bush that the storm posed a catastrophic threat to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, and a grim-faced Bush personally assuring state leaders that his administration was… Continue reading

Actor Charlie Sheen Questions Official 9/11 Story

Photo of Charlie Sheen

Sheen calls for truly independent investigation, joins growing ranks of prominent credible whistleblowers

Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com | March 20 2006

“I was up early and we were gonna do a pre-shoot on Spin City, the show I used to do, I was watching the news and the north tower was burning. I saw the south tower hit live, that famous wide shot where it disappears behind the building and then we see the tremendous fireball.”

“There was a feeling, it just didn’t look any commercial jetliner I’ve flown on any time in my life and then when the buildings came down later on that day I said to my brother ‘call me insane, but did it sorta look like those buildings came down in a controlled demolition’?”

Sheen said that most people’s gut instinct, that the buildings had been deliberately imploded, was washed away by the incessant flood of the official version of events from day one.

Sheen questioned the plausibility of a fireballs traveling 110 feet down an elevator shaft and causing damage to the lobbies of the towers as seen in video footage, especially when contrasted with eyewitness accounts of bombs and explosions in the basement levels of the buildings.

Regarding building 7, which wasn’t hit by a plane, Sheen highlighted the use of the term “pull,” a demolition industry term for pulling the outer walls of the building towards the center in an implosion, as was used by Larry Silverstein in a September… Continue reading

9/11 Skeptics Get a Loooong (and surprisingly fair) Treatment in “New York” Magazine


The following was published by New York Magazine (nymetro.com) on March 19, 2006 and given a cover headline as “9/11 Conspiracy Theorists Run Amok” (original here). Archived (minus the photos) by 911Truth.org solely for educational purposes – see Fair Use Notice, below.


 

The Ground Zero Grassy Knoll

A new generation of conspiracy theorists is at work on a secret history of New York’s most terrible day.

By Mark Jacobson

Free fall: The speed at which the towers came down—they were almost in free fall—suggests controlled demolition rather than catastrophic collapse.

1.
11/22 and 9/11
They keep telling us 9/11 changed everything. But even in this Photoshopped age of unreliable narrators, much remains the same. The assassination of President John Kennedy, the Crime of the Last Century, occurred in plain sight, in front of thousands—yet exactly what happened remains in dispute. The Warren Commission found that Lee Harvey Oswald, fellow traveler of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, shot Kennedy with a cheap Mannlicher-Carcano rifle from a sixth-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository. The commission found that Oswald, who two days later would be murdered by nightclub owner Jack Ruby, acted alone.

Yet, as with so many such events, there is the sanctioned history and the secret history—players hidden from view. In the Kennedy murder, the involvement of shadowy organizations like the Mafia and the CIA came into question. This way of thinking came to challenge the official narrative put forth by the Warren Commission. It… Continue reading

Watch TV Tonight (Really!)

March 22, 2006

Mike Berger, Media Coordinator of 911Truth.org, will be featured tonight on CNN Headline News Channel’s “Showbiz Tonight,” which airs at 7pm Eastern Monday through Friday, and replays at 11pm Eastern. From their website:

“The 9/11 conspiracy theory. Startling comments by one of the biggest stars on TV about what he thinks really happened on 9/11. “Showbiz Tonight” airs live on Headline News at 7 p.m. and replays at 11 p.m. (All times Eastern.)”

FBI Headquarters Thwarts Pre-9/11 Moussaoui Search, But Why?

Editor’s Note:
Here are two articles on the Moussaoui trial, with testimony from one of those ‘spun up’ FBI agents in Minneapolis who couldn’t get FBI headquarters to sign on to searching Moussaoui’s laptop in August 2001.

 

What is striking about agent Samit’s account, like the account of his office-mate Coleen Rowley, is the assumption of “criminal negligence” on the part of FBI headquarters, and RFU head David Frasca and Michael Maltbie in particular. Best I can see, criminal complicity has not been ruled out whatsoever.

I’m grateful for the testimony of Mr. Samit, and for Rowley’s whistleblowing, but how exactly can either know for sure that the RFU‘s obstructionism was the result of careerism or ‘criminal incompetence’ rather than something else? I don’t claim to know the reasons, but Samit and Rowley certainly cannot know for sure, either.

Remember, there is evidence that Frasca intentionally and without good cause (and thus not negligently) obstructed the flow of information up the FBI’s chain of command. You may recall the ‘Time’ magazine story early in 2002 which detailed agent Rowley’s charges. The story’s authors claimed that Ken Williams’ infamous “Phoenix Memo” was received by Frasca a couple of months in advance of 9/11:

Rowley’s letter lays out the case that the FBI made fateful miscalculations by failing to see a possible connection between the Minneapolis investigation of flight student Moussaoui and the hunch of Phoenix agent Kenneth Williams — posited in a report to HQ two months earlier — that al-Qaeda operatives were attending U.S.

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Spitzer On the Spot

March 23, 2006

by Les Jamieson

9/11 Truth activists have been showing up in Eliot Spitzer’s path lately. On
Sunday, March 11th, three activists attended a swanky public reception for Eliot
Spitzer and supporters of his candidacy for governor. Sander Hicks, author of
The Big Wedding and a candidate for US Senate, Green party of New York, stood up and popped the question “Mr. Spitzer,
why have you not opened an independent investigation into the events of September
11, 2001?” Many clueless Dems in the crowd got very agitated, but Sander
persisted. Spitzer got off the hook by saying Sander should respect the crowd’s
wishes and told him to call his office. He did and as of today calls were never
returned.

What’s the real issue here? In November of 2004, an independent inquiry into
the events of 9/11 entitled “Citizens’
Complaint & Petition
” was submitted to Eliot Spitzer’s office. This
document contained great detail about the glaring questions still unanswered
and listed damages suffered by so many people. There were 100 signatures from
prominent Americans such as Howard Zinn, Daniel Ellsberg, Ralph Nader, John
Gray, Ray McGovern, Medea Benjamin, and Ed Asner. The Complaint also had 48
victims’ families as signatories. Spitzer’s top prosecutor, William Casey, personally
received the
document. However, this has been met with a deafening silence. No action was
ever taken.

How could it be that Spitzer, who has won accolades for his successful legal
actions against Wall St. financial institutions engaging in fraud,… Continue reading

Final Results of CNN Poll

As of the close of the poll, March 26, 2006,
CNN.com Showbiz QUICKVOTE poll:

Do you agree with Charlie Sheen that the U.S. government covered up the real events of the 9/11 attacks?

52,621 voters:

84% Yes

16% No

Don’t let the pundits fool you… we ARE the Majority!

Is It Safe Yet? 911Truth.org Hits Prime Time on CNN

For Immediate Release — Thu. 3/23/2006

Will Charlie Sheen’s declaration of disbelief in the “official conspiracy theory” make it safe for the rest of us to finally say what we really think about September 11th?

Now what about you?

The time has come for you to say openly what you think about the unsolved crimes of September 11th, 2001. Yes, you. This isn’t to say that many people don’t still believe in the “Official Story” as the government tells it. But what about the many among us who just don’t buy it anymore? It’s time for Americans of conscience to show our elected representatives that they will be held to account.

You’ve seen the government lie about everything else. (Iraq comes to mind.) And you’ve had your open questions. Questions about what this government knew before the 9/11 attacks. (The Moussaoui trial comes to mind.) Questions about what really happened on that terrible day, the suspicious timing and circumstances. About the way the heroes and victims are still being treated. The way the EPA told New Yorkers the Ground Zero air was safe to breathe, unfiltered. The way the questions of the September 11th families were ignored by official investigations like the “9/11 Commission.” The way the crimes in New York and Washington were used to justify wars that were already planned years in advance.

But perhaps it seemed to you that it was unsafe to speak out. Or maybe unpopular. People might call you a conspiracy theorist. They might… Continue reading

New Yorkers to Gather at CNN Studios Wednesday

(For Immediate Release – Thu. 3/23/2006)

9/11 Truth Seekers To Stage

“DEMONSTRATION OF GRATITUDE”

Wednesday, March 29th, Noon – 2pm
Time-Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle
8th Ave. betw. 58th & 60th St.
New York City

Last week the “Showbiz Tonight” program on CNN Headline News aired three programs we believe deserve commendation. We, of the 9/11 truth and justice movement in New York City are heartened that the network saw fit to air extensive segments giving fair coverage to Charlie Sheen’s comments about September 11th – as well as a platform for 911Truth.org spokesperson Mike Berger, uncompromising radio host Alex Jones, and Webster Tarpley, author of 911 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA. For the first time since the fateful day in September of 2001, mass-audience television broadcast alternative perspectives on what really happened.

 

Screenshot from appearance on Showbiz TONIGHT

“We’re not the conspiracy theorists on this particular issue. It seems to me like 19 amateurs with box cutters taking over four commercial airliners and hitting 75% of their targets, that feels like a conspiracy theory. It raises a lot of questions.”

“It seems like the worm is turning… It is up to us to reveal the truth. It is up to us because we owe it to the families, we owe it to the victims. We owe it to everybody’s life who was drastically altered, horrifically that day and forever. We owe it to them to uncover what happened.”

—Charlie Sheen

(See press release of 3/23.)

Now is time for all media to show… Continue reading

Propping Up the War on Terror: Lies about the WTC by NIST and Underwriters Laboratories

March 28,2006

“Already there is near-consensus as to the sequence of events that led
to the collapse of the World Trade Center.”–Shankar Nair, as quoted in the
Chicago Tribune, September 19, 2001

Turn on C-Span, or “Meet The Press,” or any other media program presenting federal
officials. Whatever the issue, it always comes back to the same thing. Our government
really has nothing else to offer us but protection from another 9/11. It uses
this painful story to cut public services, eliminate our basic rights, and plunder
the national coffers. But for many of us, it is not entirely clear from whom
we most need protection.1 As our debt explodes and our freedoms diminish, it
would be wise to maintain focus on the origins of our War on Terror. No matter
where this war leads us, we will need to keep the beginning in mind if we ever
hope to see an end.


The Point of Origin: The Collapse of the WTC

Many have found that the 9/11 Commission not only failed to help us understand
what happened; it also omitted or distorted most of the facts.2 But if we really
want to zero in on the exact turning point around which we plunged into chaos,
we need to focus in particular on the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings.
This is where our hearts were wrenched and our minds were made ready for never-ending
war, torture, and apparently the end of everything that was American.… Continue reading