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May 11, 6pm CDT, Colleen Rowley & Ray McGovern Interview on ‘Tell Somebody’, KKFI Community Radio

May 10, 2010

On Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00pm CDT on 90.1 FM KKFI Community Radio (Kansas City), ‘Tell Somebody‘ host Tom Klammer will feature former FBI Special Agent and Minneapolis Chief Division Counsel Coleen Rowley and 27- year CIA analyst and Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity cofounder Ray McGovern. The program will stream live at www.kkfi.org.

Rowley’s team had arrested Zacarias Moussaoui just three weeks before 9/11, and was denied a warrant to search his computer by FBI headquarters. Rowley was on the cover of Time magazine’s 2002 Person of the Year issue with two other whistleblowers after she went public with a blistering letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Rowley just wrote a piece on the Huffington Post, headlined “Quarles Public Safety Exception–Constitutional and Proven Effective!” . We’ll hear about that from Coleen Rowley as she returns to Tell Somebody this week.

After that, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern returns to the show. Ray’s latest post on Consortium News is entitled, “Loose Lips on Iran Can Sink America”.

Tune in to KKFI at 6pm Tuesday.

Last week’s show, Puppy mills, oil spills, & the Prince who crawled from the sewer is now online. In that show I played just a couple of minutes from an October, 2008 interview with Antonia Juhasz. I posted that entire interview online. Yahoo posted an Associated Press story online dated May 8, 2010, headlined “Bubble of Methane Triggered Rig Blast”.

In her book Juhasz writes: Drilling in water… Continue reading

Did Osama bin Laden Confess to the 9/11 Attacks, and Did He Die, in 2001?

by Prof David Ray Griffin
Originally Published at Globalresearch.ca

Photo of Osama bin Laden

In 2009, I published a little book entitled Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive? 1 Much evidence, I showed, suggested that Osama bin Laden had died on or about December 13, 2001. (Although this book was ignored by the US press, it received major reviews in British newspapers, 2 and it even provided the basis for a BBC special. 3 ) Pointing out that the only evidence to the contrary consists of “messages from bin Laden” in the form of audiotapes and videotapes that have appeared since 2001, I devoted one chapter to an examination of the most important of these tapes, showing that none are demonstrably authentic and that some are almost certainly fakes.

In the chapter preceding that examination, I discussed two videotapes containing purported interviews of Osama bin Laden in the fall of 2001, when the issue was whether he had been responsible for the 9/11 attacks. I suggested that both of these tapes, in which bin Laden allegedly admitted his responsibility, were fakes. If they were, I pointed out, this fact would increase the likelihood that all of the “Osama bin Laden tapes” appearing in the following years – when the question of whether he was still alive was added to that of his responsibility for 9/11 – were also fakes.

The clearest example, I argued, was the most famous of the so-called bin Laden confession videos. Having allegedly been found in a private home in Jalalabad,… Continue reading

Firefighters, Architects & Engineers team up: 2 nights, 2 cities, Live Video Feed 5/8

Fri, May 7 San Rafael, CA
Sat, May 8 San Leandro, CA

Live Video Stream

9/11 Myths Exposed: Firefighters, Architects and Engineers Re-investigate
the Destruction of the Three World Trade Center Skyscrapers

On September 11th, 2001 the greatest destruction and loss of life associated
with the terrorist attacks took place in New York City. After almost nine years
and numerous government investigations, many public misconceptions persist about
the events of that tragic day, especially regarding the unprecedented destruction
of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.

During this live multimedia presentation Seattle firefighter Erik Lawyer
and SF Bay Area architect Richard Gage, AIA, will examine the
myths surrounding the events at the World Trade Center. Using well-documented
forensic evidence, news footage and eyewitness accounts, they seek to correct
the public record. Some of the myths they will address:

  • Only two towers collapsed that day
  • Jet fuel fires melted the structural steel
  • The fires were hot enough to weaken the structural steel
  • The floors of each building collapsed like “pancakes”
  • The government investigations were thorough, complete and followed standard fire investigation procedures
  • The government investigators tested for evidence of exotic accelerants and/or explosives
  • The third building to collapse completely, WTC 7, suffered significant structural damage from the collapse of the Twin Towers

The presentation will provide a factual rebuttal of these and other myths regarding the destruction of the World Trade Center.

Erik Lawyer is a 14-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department and the founder of Firefighters for 9/11… Continue reading

Canadian Controversy over 9/11 Truth Presentations by David Ray Griffin

UQÀM staff denounce 9/11 Truthers speech
May 4, 2010
CBC News

Administrators at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) say they will develop a formal policy for outside groups renting campus space for events after a controversial lecture about 9/11 drew fire by academic staff.

But the French-language university defended its right to have contentious speakers lecture on campus as part of free speech, saying it was appropriate to debate ideas, as long as events don’t incite riots.

Show Editor’s Note »

David Ray Griffin’s current speaking tour, during which he’s presenting a talk entitled “Is the War in Afghanistan Justified by 9/11?”, has sparked quite a controversy in Canadian press. Following is a compilation of media articles as well as videos of his speech in Chicago and Walkerton, Ontario.

The tour wraps up this week with U.S. engagements in Portland, ME on May 6, West Hartford, CT on May 7 and Cambridge, MA on May 8. (Details at TS911T.org )

The Monday night lecture, hosted by World for 9/11 Truth, drew about 700 people who came to hear from two U.S. academics who deny the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were carried out by terrorists.

The researchers — David Ray Griffin and Richard Gage — believe the U.S. government played a major role in orchestrating the deadly attacks on New York City’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Griffin and Gage are lobbying for an independent inquiry into the attacks, which killed 3,000 people. Their theories — part… Continue reading

Face the Shadow First: Seeking the Hidden Dimensions of American and Global Politics

Probe Beneath the Surface of the Obama Era at the “Understanding Deep Politics” Conference in Santa Cruz, May 14-16

By Byron Belitsos
May 4, 2010

Some say it began with the invasion of Iraq. Others, with the inauguration of George W. Bush for his second term. Many point to the day of 9/11. But those in the know–including ten distinguished speakers headlining the “Understanding Deep Politics” Conference in Santa Cruz this May 14-16–trace the era of deep politics further back: Some to JFK’s assassination; others, to the aftermath of World War II. And a few speakers in Santa Cruz will stretch us back to Hitler, Lenin, Weishaupt, or Machiavelli, from there to ancient secret societies, and even back to the dawn of human governance itself–in the belief that conscious political deception is an inescapable feature of human nature. But all agree on the general definition of deep politics: It refers to government in which two dimensions of action always coexist: Overt and covert, or benign and utterly ruthless.

We can trace it forward too; by now we know that the ways of deceptive government did not end with the ascent of Obama. As with the Bush era, the overt side of American politics still refers to government actions thinly covered in the mainstream press; on this level of action, we know that Obama signed the largest military budget in history, expanded the war in Afghanistan, bailed out banks, and “reformed” health care; but on the covert side of the equation, most don’t realize–given how the corporate media and Obama’s benign rhetoric is busy distracting us–that the new president has carried forward virtually all of the discredited Bush-era War or Terror policies.…

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Three Interviews – Jon Gold, Cosmos, Michael Badnarik

Following are three interviews provided by Jon Gold, long-time truth activist in Pennsylvania.

Jon Gold Interviews Cosmos, Founder of truthaction.org , at Ground Zero – 5/1/2010

Snippets:

“… Until there is justice for this mass murder, this gigantic mass murder, then it’s going to be a part of my life and I’m going to be dedicated to doing what I can to get justice. All I’m interested in 9/11 is a legitimate, independent, criminal investigation of the crime, leading up to prosecution of those responsible for this crime. ”

“One of the saving graces of being in this world is knowing that there are a few committed, caring people who are willing to do something despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, despite the fact that it seems like no one gives a shit – who, because they care, because they know it actually is important, they’re willing to do something. To those people, I say thank you.”

“… I’ve been involved actively in this cause since early 2002 so that’s a little more than eight years now. Over the last two or three years I really reached a point where it’s burnout, it’s too much, it’s too much trauma all the time. When you’re really working against … seemingly insurmountable odds. At the same time you’re being attacked by people who are supposedly ‘on your side’, on the same team. All the crap that goes with this, it’s a burnout. So I was smart enough to just really try to take… Continue reading

DHS Warns Returning Vets Potential Terrorists

Napolitano stands by controversial report
Top Democrat says he’s ‘dumbfounded’

April 16, 2010
By Audrey Hudson and Eli Lake
Washingtonimes.com

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she was briefed before the release of a controversial intelligence assessment and that she stands by the report, which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S.

But the top House Democrat with oversight of the Department of Homeland Security said in a letter to Ms. Napolitano that he was “dumbfounded” that such a report would be issued.

“This report appears to raise significant issues involving the privacy and civil liberties of many Americans – including war veterans,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, in his letter sent Tuesday night.

The letter was representative of a public furor over the nine-page document since its existence was reported in The Washington Times on Tuesday.

In her statement Wednesday, Ms. Napolitano defended the report, which says “rightwing extremism” may include groups opposed to abortion and immigration, as merely one among several threat assessments. But she agreed to meet with the head of the American Legion, who had expressed anger over the report, when she returns to Washington next week from a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border.

“The document on right-wing extremism sent last week by this department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis is one in an ongoing series of assessments to provide situational awareness to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on the phenomenon and… Continue reading

May 14-16: Understanding Deep Politics Conference

–indeed, to a much darker future than most citizens can even imagine. Our wide-ranging roster of presenters, including David Ray Griffin, Cynthia McKinney, Jim Marrs and Ellen Brown, will delve into the roots of our current crises and the dynamics driving despotic governance, financial plunder, imperialism, loss of civil liberties, and assaults on public health. Further, they will explore how such vital insights are continually being suppressed as they expose the media matrix that obscures these facts and stupefies our culture, all in the interest of protecting a malignant status quo.

Contribute to the Urgent Search for Solutions

Understanding Deep Politics will also provide a unique educational and organizing opportunity. We hope to harness the talents and expertise of all the participants with the goal of creating new strategies that have a credible chance of success. The weekend will culminate with two solutions-focused multi-speaker panels that will explore how we can awaken, unite and empower the larger community to overcome the deep forces controlling our society and to reshape our destiny.
Other Special Features

This unprecedented and provocative conference will span three days, including an early Friday evening meet & greet get-together. A large discussion and resource room will be available throughout the weekend where attendees can brainstorm, meet the speakers and collaborate with our peers. In addition, the venue of the vibrant city of Santa Cruz will provide many opportunities to enjoy the central coast of California, with its abundant natural beauty and close proximity to the San Francisco… Continue reading

9/11 Myths Exposed: Firefighters, Architects and Engineers Re-investigate the Destruction of the Three World Trade Center Skyscrapers

April 21, 2010
AE911truth.org

AE911truth & FF911truth eventsDouble header presentation: Two speakers, two nights, two Bay Area
cities

Friday and Saturday,
May 7 and 8, 2010

San Rafael and San Leandro, California

On September 11th, 2001 the greatest destruction and loss of life associated
with the terrorist attacks took place in New York City. After almost nine years
and numerous government investigations, many public misconceptions persist about
the events of that tragic day, especially regarding the unprecedented destruction
of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.

During this live multimedia presentation Seattle firefighter Erik Lawyer and
SF Bay Area architect Richard Gage, AIA, will examine the myths surrounding
the events at the World Trade Center. Using well-documented forensic evidence,
news footage and eyewitness accounts, they seek to correct the public record.
Some of the myths they will address:

  • Only two towers collapsed that day
  • Jet fuel fires melted the structural steel
  • The fires were hot enough to weaken the structural steel
  • The floors of each building collapsed like “pancakes”
  • The government investigations were thorough, complete and followed standard
    fire investigation procedures
  • The government investigators tested for evidence of exotic accelerants
    and/or explosives
  • The third building to collapse completely, WTC 7, suffered significant structural
    damage from the collapse of the Twin Towers

The presentation will provide a factual rebuttal of these and other myths regarding
the destruction of the World Trade Center.

Erik Lawyer is a 14-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department and the founder
of Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, an organization… Continue reading

Staying Reasonable with 9/11 Truth – A Powerful Path to Success! An Interview with Ken Jenkins

Interview and notes by John Bursill
April 26, 2010
911Visibility.com

Visibility 9-11 is excited to welcome for the first time long-term activist/organiser, film maker, writer, engineer and psychologist Ken Jenkins. Ken’s qualities of patience, fairness, optimism and clear logical thinking are well displayed in this interview! I consider Ken a cornerstone of this movement pursuing 9/11 Truth, to which he has devoted nearly nine years of his life. Ken’s work is primarily as a film maker. He has produced and directed documentaries for the likes of Richard Gage, David Ray Griffin and Dr Steven Jones, just to name a few. Ken’s skills have been invaluable to the 9-11 movement and given us all valuable tools to help us all take many scientific and academic presentations to the the general public. Ken is a professional videographer and consistently provides these films at a high level of production value and offers them at a tenth of the cost to us to use in our activsm. It is true to say that without the efforts of Ken Jenkins and his right-hand man, hummux, our movement would be less successful! Visibility 9-11 sincerely thanks Ken and hummux for this very important and tedious work.

Ken is also a very popular speaker and generally talks about the psychological barriers to 9/11 Truth. He recently published an excellent article, “The Truth is Not Enough: How to Overcome Emotional Barriers to 9/11 Truth”, which was requested by the magazine editors of Global Outlook for the… Continue reading

Griffin Speaking Tour begins April 23, Des Moines

[FULL TOUR DETAILS BELOW]

Nobel Peace Prize nominee speaking at Bradley

Peoria
Journal Star

April 18, 2010

PEORIA — “Is the War in Afghanistan Justified by 9/11?” is
the theme of Dr. David Ray Griffin’s speech set for Sunday at Bradley University.

Griffin is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, author, professor emeritus and co-director
of the Center for Process Studies at Claremont University in Claremont, Calif.

He also has appeared on radio and television programs on the British Broadcasting
Corporation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Japan’s national network.
He was ranked 41st in the New Statesman’s “The 50 People Who Matter Today.”

Griffin will appear at Bradley as part of a 14-stop tour, which includes several
locations in Maine, as well as Chicago; St. Louis; Des Moines, Iowa; Milwaukee;
Louisville, Ky.; West Hartford, Conn.; Boston; Montreal; and Toronto.

Griffin’s speech at BU begins at 7 p.m. in Room B-51 of Baker Hall. It’s free
and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.ts911t.org/DavidRayGriffinAprilMay2010TourInfo.html.

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Montreal 9/11 Conference – Interview with David Ray Griffin on CKUT
90.3 FM Radio

Posted 4/22/10 at 911blogger.com

Dr. David Ray Griffin appeared on The Tuesday Morning After show on CKUT 90.3
FM
on April 20, 2010, at 7:20 am (EST).

CKUT FM is the student radio station of McGill University in Montreal. Nearly
27,000 students go to McGill University.

Dr. Griffin will be presenting his new lecture in Montreal at UQAM on May 3rd
(gen. admission $10, students $5 — visit Admission.com for… Continue reading

Event & Webcast Tonight, 4/22 – The Empire, Power and Propaganda Lecture – Project Censored’s Peter Phillips & Mickey Huff:

THE EMPIRE, POWER, AND PROPAGANDA LECTURE SERIES

Final Event in the Series for Spring 2010 — An evening with Project Censored:
Media Democracy in Action

Please join the co-editors of Censored 2010 for a public talk and
discussion

Truth Emergency International: Censorship, Propaganda, and American Empire

Peter Phillips, President, Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored

Mickey Huff, Director, Project Censored/Media Freedom Foundation

Details:
Thursday, April 22nd, 7 P.M.
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists,
1924 Cedar at Bonita, Berkeley, CA

Doors at 6:30 P.M., lecture and discussion at 7 P.M. followed by a book signing
by the authors.

Event is a fundraiser, $5-$20, sliding scale, no one turned away for lack
of funds, wheelchair accessible.

Co-sponsors include Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored, ANSWER, World
Can’t Wait, MECA, RCP, BFUU Social Justice Committee

**********

The series is a fund raiser in support of Flashpoints Radio, and the Media
Freedom Foundation/Project Censored Investigative Reporting Fund.


Event will be Live Videocast by NoLiesRadio

Thursday, April 22: 7pm PDT, 10pm EDT, 02:00 GMT

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(Presentation will be archived after the broadcast at
NoLiesRadio.org)

Truth Emergency International:
…. Censorship, Propaganda, and American Empire

THE EMPIRE, POWER, AND PROPAGANDA LECTURE SERIES: An evening
with Project Censored.

Please join the co-editors of Censored 2010, Peter Phillips and Mickey
Huff, for a public talk and discussion on the ongoing Truth Emergency and media
censorship in the US.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, please support these
speakers by… Continue reading

The IRD’s Attack on My ”Silly” 9/11 Theories

David Ray Griffin
911Truth.org

A right-wing neocon organization called the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD)1 — which devotes itself to attacking religiously and socially progressive churches while supporting US imperial policies (going back to the Nicaraguan Contras funded illegally by the Reagan administration2 ) — has recently put out a press release attacking my next book, which is scheduled to be published this coming fall. Saying that I am “back with another outrageous book” in which I allege “new absurdities,” the IRD claims that I am “this time alleging that the Obama administration is attempting to undermine 9/11 conspiracy theorists.”3

Editor’s Note:
The IRD’s “9/11 Conspiracy Theorist Dreaming Up New Absurdities” can now be read online, here: www.theird.org/Page.aspx?pid=1449. Dr. Griffin’s speaking tour details, April 23 – May 8, can be found here.RELATED: Excellent David Ray Griffin Interview on God.TV

Last September, Dr. Griffin was interviewed by God TV, the End Times show. It reaches over 100 million people worldwide by TV, plus others on the Internet.
It was aired on Friday night at 5:30 PM PDT and turned out to be an excellent interview, really professional. The hosts, Rory and Wendy, are gracious and delightful. Just a simple, straightforward interview that freed David to take his time to explain things. It’s also on their website: http://www.god.tv/video/play?video=1219. Part 2 will be shown live this Friday at 5:30 Pacific, 8:30 PM Eastern. [Originally posted at 911blogger.com]

 

False Assumptions about My Forthcoming Book… Continue reading

WikiLeaks Video – The Greater Horror

by Michael Collins
Agonist.org

There they are, the people who brought you every bit of the action in the WikiLeaks video and all of the other horrors flowing from invasion of Iraq. Madeleine Albright (far right, above), former Clinton Secretary of State, is a good place to start. From 60 Minutes:

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it. –60 Minutes (5/12/96)

An exhaustive study found that 227,000 children under five (table 13) died during the George H.W. Bush – Bill Clinton regime of total sanctions against Iraq from 1990 through 2000.

Albright is distinguished as the most direct spokesmodel for senseless death and suffering that’s characterized our engagement with that battered country.

But others carry much greater responsibility. The Bush administration had top secret plans to invade Iraq as early as February 2001. First hand witnesses in the prewar White House were unable to name a point when the decision to invade was made. It was a fait accompli.

Prior to the war authorization from Congress, the various intelligence agencies submitted a report that claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Many nations had WMD. The report had to find that Iraq was an imminent danger to the… Continue reading

Ahmadinejad urges Ban to probe 9/11 attacks

12 April 2010
France24.com

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech during a ceremony to mark the National Nuclear Day day in Tehran on April 9. Ahmadinejad has written to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, asking him to launch an investigation into the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, news reports said on Monday.

AFP – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, asking him to launch an investigation into the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, news reports said on Monday.

“The minimum expectation from your excellency is to set up an independent and trusted fact-finding group to comprehensively investigate the real factors behind September 11,” Ahmadinejad said in the text of the letter carried by official news agencies.

They did not say when the letter was sent.

The hardliner, who in March dismissed 9/11 as a “big lie,” said in the letter that the attacks “were the main pretext for attacks” by NATO on Afghanistan and Iraq.

Several times Ahmadinejad has questioned the accepted version of the Al-Qaeda strikes on New York and Washington which killed nearly 3,000 people.

In January, he branded September 11 “a suspicious affair” similar to the Holocaust, which he dismissed as a “myth” in 2005, drawing widespread condemnation.

Ahmadinejad’s latest remarks come with Iran locked in a standoff with world powers led by the United States over Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme, and risking tougher sanctions over its defiance.

In his letter, he also asked Ban to… Continue reading

Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘Radio National’ does Hit Piece on 9/11 Truth Advocates

By John Bursill, Engineer, 9/11 Truth Advocate and Researcher
911Truth.org

On April 12th, 2010 ABC Radio National’s “Counterpoint” host Michael Duffy decided to weigh in on the truth of the 9/11 events. In this clearly biased and ludicrous attack on those who would question the still unexplained events of September 11, 2001, Duffy demonstrated he has done little research into the matter. Seemingly, he has decided research is neither warranted nor required to make wild assumptions about and apply derogatory labels to 9/11 researchers and their questions.

Photo of Michael Duffy In this short and emotive hit piece Duffy uses an excerpt from a recent lecture given by Clive Williams, Adjunct Professor at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University (ANU), to provide the spin. Professor Williams lays out an overview of the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories as part of his lecture called “Terrorism Conspiracy Theories and the 1978 Sydney Hilton bombings, Lockerbie, 9/11 and the London 7/7 bombings”. This lecture will be played in full on Radio National’s “Big Ideas” on Sunday 18th April at 5pm and is available in podcast at the ABC. In this excerpt Williams skims over the evidence of an alternate “conspiracy”, citing the predictable “straw man” arguments and loose journalistic attempts to look at the evidence, using the Discovery Channel’s laughable documentary, “9/11: Science and Conspiracy” as a reference. Ironically, Williams uses these absurdities ignorantly in his attempt to debunk the experts who are actually qualified to comment on such matters, and — surprise, surprise… Continue reading

Hansen: Official 9/11 story is hooey, critic maintains

April 12, 2010
by Marc Hansen
Des Moines Register Editorials

David Ray Griffin comes to Drake University on April 23 to tell us why the official explanation for the 9/11 attack on the United States doesn’t hold water.

A theologian, philosopher of religion and professor emeritus at California’s Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University, Griffin has been at it for about seven years now and says he won’t stop until the government conducts a new, impartial, independent investigation.

As opposed to the 9/11 Commission probe. He calls that exercise a charade.

Griffin has written eight books on the subject with another on the way: “Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory.”

The appointee, a former Harvard professor named Cass Sunstein who now heads the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, co-wrote an academic paper saying government should undermine conspiracy theory groups by infiltrating their chat rooms, social networks and group meetings.

Griffin believes “cognitive infiltration” is the wrong term. “It’s more like fascism,” he says.

He also believes the real conspiracy theorists are people who believe the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks were hatched by Osama bin Laden and carried out by al-Qaida. In Griffin’s mind, it’s also an excuse for every extreme military action we’ve taken since.

He can produce a long list of scientists and other scholars who endorse his views. Detractors like Matt Taibbi, author of “The Great Derangement,” say he’s “an idiot.”

At first, Griffin went along with… Continue reading

NYT ‘Bent Over Backwards’ to Deny Ground Zero Health Risks It Now Reports

April 8, 2010
by Julie Hollar
FAIR Blog

As yet another study is released documenting the damaging health effects of breathing in toxic Ground Zero dust, it’s good to see corporate media outlets taking it seriously. (Most media outlets, anyway–the New York Post continues to give a platform to deniers.)

It’s worth remembering, though–since they won’t remind you–that for many months after 9/11, some outlets–the New York Times in particular–downplayed the fallout and mustered shockingly little journalistic skepticism of government reassurances about safety.

The attitude of Andrew Revkin, the Times‘ environmental reporter at the time, says it all. As I wrote in 2006:

The Times‘ Revkin told American Journalism Review (1–2/03), “We were, I think, bending over backwards to be sure we were reporting a risk only if we knew it, whereas others, I feel rather strongly, were flipping it the other way.” Revkin cited the Daily News as an example. When asked how he thought the 9/11 health story would end, Revkin told AJR, “I think it s going to fade away.”

Instead of acting as the watchdog it s supposed to be, the New York Times reinforced misleading government claims that directly impacted the lives and health of thousands of New Yorkers. It s an important history that you won t hear about from the Times, which has never acknowledged or apologized for its reporting.

You can read that history in my article, “Gullibility Begins at Home: NYT Accepted… Continue reading