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by Kevin Fenton
We have found the famous “What Do I Do Now?” memo drafted by 9/11 Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow on March 2, 2003. The memo advised staffers newly hired by the commission what they should do after starting work.
The memo was found by Erik at the National Archives and uploaded to the 9/11 Document Archive at Scribd.
Philip Shenon’s The Commission highlighted the memo and one controversial section in particular. The section says:
Interactions with commissioners can be helpful to you and them. If you are contacted by a commissioner with questions, please contact Chris [Kojm, Zelikow's deputy] or me. Consulting with the Chair and Vice-Chair, we will be sure that the appropriate members of the Commission staff are responsive.
Shenon called this provision, channelling contacts between the staff and the commissioners through Zelikow and his deputy, “unusual” and “worrying to the staff.” He added:
It occurred to several of the staff members, especially those with experience on other federal commissions, that Zelikow was trying to cut off their contact with the people they really worked for–the commissioners. Democratic commissioner Jamie Gorelick saw a copy of Zelikow’s memo and was furious. Through an arrangement with her law firm, she intended to spend nearly half of her work week on commission business, and she was not going to have Zelikow telling the staff that they could not speak freely with her–that they had to wait to get his… Continue reading
8:12PM Friday November 27, 2009
Close Up speaks to a renowned architect as he claims a destroyed building in
the 9/11 attacks collapsed due to controlled demolitions.
Everyone can remember the collapse of the World Trade Centres in New York in
2001, but not many can accurately recall that not two, but three buildings went
Tower 7, as it was called, collapsed in the afternoon of September 11th, 2001,
but failed to gain notoriety because it was never hit by a plane, yet still
it came down.
Which is exactly what troubles internationally respected architect Richard
Gage, who’s causing a stir in the USA for claiming that the buildings were instead
destroyed by controlled demolitions with explosives.
Video Source: Close Up
architect as he claims a destroyed building in the 9/11 attacks collapsed due
to controlled demolitions.
Video Source: Close Up– Close Up speaks to a renowned
Provided by Janice Matthews
[11/28 Correction - The Close Up host's name has been corrected. JM]
Close Up’s Mike Hosking:
No one can ever forget those horrific images of 9/11. Remember them? The planes
smashing into those buildings on a sunny New York Day.
And then, of course, the collapse of not just two but three World Trade Buildings.
You remember Tower 7, as it was called? It collapsed in the afternoon of September
11 but it failed to gain notoriety because it was never hit by a… Continue reading
Richard Gage, AIA, of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth will be in New Zealand one more night by popular demand to present “9/11 Blueprint for Truth – The Architecture of Destruction”. Over 700 people turned out in Wellington for Gage’s presentation there, over 100 of them having to be turned away due to lack of seating. One more opportunity has now been made available:
When: Monday 30 November- 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Where: Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
For more details contact the principle organizer, Helen, by email at waddingtons [at] clear.net.nz or just turn up early!
Please pass this along immediately to your lists. Thank you.
November 25, 2009
[Story Updated 12/2/2009 at 911truth.org with reviwed material from www.911.wikileaks.org.]
From 3AM on Wednesday November 25, 2009, until 3AM the following day (US east coast time), WikiLeaks released half a million US national text pager intercepts. The intercepts cover a 24 hour period surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.
The messages were broadcasted “live” to the global community — sychronized to the time of day they were sent. The first message was from 3AM September 11, 2001, five hours before the first attack, and the last, 24 hours later.
Text pagers are usually carried by persons operating in an official capacity. Messages in the archive range from Pentagon, FBI, FEMA and New York Police Department exchanges, to computers reporting faults at investment banks inside the World Trade Center.
The archive is a completely objective record of the defining moment of our time. We hope that its entrance into the historical record will lead to a nuanced understanding of how this event led to death, opportunism and war.
Twitter users should refer to the hashtag #911txts. We will give status updates at twitter.com/wikileaks.
Observations may be posted to posted here.
Please remember to protect and support our work.An index of messages released is available here.All pager messages released can be downloaded here as a single compressed text file. RELATED: 9/11 Text Messages Released: Wikileaks Publishes Intercepted Government Pager Texts As They Were Sent November 25, 2009 Government employees… Continue reading
9/11 Text Messages Released: Wikileaks Publishes Intercepted Government Pager Texts As They Were Sent
November 25, 2009
Government employees… Continue reading
By Michael McAuliff
November 24, 2009
Some 9/11 widows who want to see a terror trial in New York today questioned why a group strongly linked to Liz Cheney is leading the charge in opposition to the trial.
Her father, after all, is the man many Democrats and liberals think broke the law in pushing for interrogation techniques now deemed torture by the Obama administration, and which were used on Al Qaeda plotter Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.
The anti-trial group is led by Debra Burlingame — whose brother piloted one of the doomed planes — and who is a guiding light at 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America.
The 9/11 Families group had as a springboard Keep America Safe, a Liz Cheney vehicle where Burlingame serves on the board.
“Perhaps they’re trying to protect her father’s role in torturing these detainees,” said Lorie Van Auken, who lost her husband on 9/11. “And that’s actually what could keep us from seeing justice, is this torture that was done to these people because that evidence is not really evidence. It won’t be admissible anywhere.”
Auken was speaking on a conference call organized by the liberal Human Rights First.
Later, she declined to back off her statement. “You start to wonder why Liz Cheney would be organizing the 9/11 families,” she said. “It’s just a funny connection.”
Below (see source) is the press conference Burlingame did today with Rep. Pete King and others, posted online by Keep America Safe, in which… Continue reading
Richard Gage Presentation on the Truth Behind the 9/11 Investigation
Images, Audio and Story By George McLellan
On the afternoon of Saturday the 21st in Wellington American architect and internationally acclaimed speaker Richard Gage addressed a captivated audience of around 630 people at Te Papa’s Soundings Theatre. Gage presented evidence calling into question the official version of the events which led to the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings in New York on the 11th of September 2001.
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In the interview Gage spoke of the considerable similarity between the collapse of building seven of the world trade center and the demolition of similar buildings through controlled demolition – and he attempted to explain how and why this evidence calls for a better explanation.
by Janice Matthews
November 23, 2009
The Hard Evidence Down Under 2009 Tour has nearly wrapped up, following events
in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia and in Wellington, New Zealand. Every one of these events met with overwhelming success.
John Bursill, Principle Organizer of the tour, and his ‘backup crew’ made up
of scores of dedicated, generous, passionate volunteers planned and executed
a very significant series of events that resulted in the presentation of 9/11
truth information, in person, to approximately 1,200 people and along the way,
radio interviews and news stories reached at least tens of thousands more. Kudos and much gratitude are in order to John, his wonderful, patient wife and family, to Helen
in New Zealand who coordinated the Wellington event, and the many volunteers who gave so much to make this important
tour happen. Of course, huge, sincere thanks are in order to the event sponsors
whose very generous financial contributions made possible travel from the United
States by presenters Richard Gage, AIA, founder of Architects
and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Professor Steven Jones, emeritus professor
of physics, founder of Scholars
for 9/11 Truth and Justice and co-editor of the Journal
of 9/11 Studies, Cosmos, founder of TruthAction.org
and the massive “Eleventh Day of Every Month Till Justice” campaign, Luke
Rudkowski, founder of WeAreChange
and Janice Matthews, Director of 911Truth.org
and small business owner, so that we could present in Sydney. In addition, Ken Jenkins
and hummux, of 911TV.org,
were brought from the U.S.…
by Janice Matthews
November 23, 2009
For this Midwestern U.S. chicken-farming Director, I would feel quite ungrateful if I did not share a few of the other personal highlights of this trip. We were given a day of relaxation in the midst of all the event preparations, for which I will honestly be forever grateful. I would surely never have been able to experience this beauty and personal renewal had it not been for the two generous individuals who sponsored my travel and the incredible kindred spirits who pulled this all together. At risk of sounding a little ‘mushy’, thank you, more than you can imagine. Just this little moment pictured, mama kangaroo holding my hand gently with both of hers, carefully with her long claws, as I fed her grass, her joey occasionally timdly peeking out of her pouch – this joy will carry me along for years.
If you have not ever been to Australia, GO THERE!! The beauty of the coastline is stunning, and we were incredibly fortunate to be given a tour of a small piece of the Australian Outback with Dharawal (Aboriginal) elder and leading expert Les Bursill as our guide. He showed us drawings etched in sandstone, preserving even to this day some of the Dharawal stories, taught us about their creation dreaming and something about lives, which I found utterly riveting. I am reminded of the importance of preserving our individual stories, and our dreams.
And along the way, traveling from John’s house… Continue reading
by Steven Aftergood
November 23rd, 2009
Federation of American Scientists Project on Government Secrecy’s Secrecy News
Development of a new executive order on classification of national security information is now proceeding at an accelerated pace in order to preempt a deadline that would require the declassification of millions of pages of historical records next month.
A revised draft executive order was circulated to executive branch agencies by the Office of Management and Budget on November 16, with agency comments due back today, November 23. A final order is likely to be issued by the end of this year.
There is an incentive to complete the development of the executive order before December 31, 2009 because of a deadline for declassification of historical records that falls on that date. Under the current Bush executive order, classified records that are at least 25 years old and that have been referred from one agency to another because they involve multiple agency interests are supposed to be automatically declassified at the end of this year. (See E.O. 13292, section 3.3(e)(3)).
But in order to meet this December deadline, several agencies would have to forgo a review of the affected historical records, which they are unwilling to do. And so it seems they will simply be excused from compliance. But in order to modify the deadline in the Bush order, it will be necessary to issue another executive order. If the comprehensive new Obama order on classification policy (which would assign processing of such records to a National Declassification Center that does not yet exist) is not ready for release by December 31, then another stand-alone order would have to be issued, canceling or extending the looming deadline.…Continue reading
By Peter Phillips
November 22, 2009
Police are arresting and attacking student protesters on University of California (UC) campuses again. “Why did he beat me I wasn’t doing anything,” screamed a young Cal Berkeley women student over KPFA radio on Friday evening November 20. Students are protesting the 32% increase in tuition imposed by the UC regents in a time of severe state deficits. The Board of Regents claims that they have no choice. Students will now have to pay over $10,000 in tuition annually for a public university education that was free only a few decades ago.
The corporate media spins the tuition protests as if we are all suffering during the recession. For example, the San Diego Union Tribune November 20 writes, “These students need a course in Reality 101. And the reality is that there is virtually no segment of American society that is not straining with the economic recession. With UC facing a $535 million budget gap due to state cuts, the regents have to confront reality and make tough choices. So should students.”
Yet, the reality is something quite different. Our current budget crisis in California and the rest of the country has been artificially created by cutting taxes on the wealthiest people and corporations. The corporate elites in the US, the top 1% who own close to half the wealth, are the beneficiaries of massive tax cuts over the past few decades. While at the same time working people are paying more through increased sales and use taxes and higher public college tuition.…Continue reading
By Ray McGovern
November 17, 2009
As Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other alleged 9/11 conspirators go to trial, the corporate media’s embargo on the truth about the Bush years will be under great strain.
Media commentary on the upcoming 9/11 trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has raised concern that state secrets may be divulged, including details about how the Bush administration used torture to extract evidence about al-Qaeda.
“I think that we’re going to shine a light on something that a lot of people don’t want to look at” is how American Civil Liberties Union attorney Denney LeBoeuf put it, according to The New York Times on Saturday.
No problem, says Attorney General Eric Holder, who claims to have “great confidence” that other evidence — apart from what may have been gleaned from the 183 times Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, for example — will suffice to convict him.
Maybe so, But what the Fawning Corporate Media (or FCM) have so far neglected is the likelihood that the testimony will be so public that they will have to break their studied silence about why Sheikh Mohammed and his associates say they orchestrated the attacks of 9/11.
For reasons that are painfully obvious, the FCM have done their best to ignore or bury the role that Israel’s repression of the Palestinians has played in motivating the 9/11 attacks and other anti-Western terrorism.
It is not like there is no evidence on this key issue. Rather, it appears that the Israel-Palestine connection is pretty much kept off limits for discussion.…Continue reading
More great news from The Hard Evidence Tour Down Under
Wow!! Finally a proper interview in Sydney! Listen here:
Go to WSFM and vote here on the question of whether “Gage makes sense”
Please thank them by e-mail asap…..
Email Jonesy – brendanjones [at] wsfm.com.au
Email Amanda – amanda [at] wsfm.com.au
This is a testament to the work you’re all doing. Thank you all!
November 10th, 2009
By David DeGraw
As most of you have noticed, we are primarily focused on covering the economic coup. We strongly feel that the theft of Trillions of taxpayer dollars by a small group of men on Wall Street is the biggest story of our time. We understand that these are very difficult times for most people and there are many pressing and vitally important issues confronting us. However, the theft of Trillions of dollars has to be the lead story every day until there are investigations and prosecutions to resolve it.
Many of the news sites that we link to on a daily basis have been covering this issue. However, these sites are not covering the issue sufficiently. There should be blazing headlines on a daily basis: ECONOMIC COUP IN THE US! TRILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS STOLEN!
Think about all the vital issues you care about and then think about the Trillions of dollars that were stolen. How could a small fraction of that money directly affect the issues you care about most? We need to make this connection, and we need to make the theft of Trillions of dollars THE LEAD ISSUE RIGHT NOW!
Just think about how much can be done with this stolen money. The highest quality universal healthcare could be provided to everyone in the US. Every foreclosed mortgage in the US can be paid off, for that matter, it would take a fraction of the stolen money to provide a free house to every family in the US.…Continue reading
By Cain Burdeau (AP)
November 18, 2009
NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers’ failure to properly maintain a navigation channel led to massive flooding in Hurricane Katrina.
U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval sided with five residents and one business who argued the Army Corps’ shoddy oversight of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet led to the flooding of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward and neighboring St. Bernard Parish. He said, however, the corps couldn’t be held liable for the flooding of eastern New Orleans, where one of the plaintiffs lived.
Duval awarded the plaintiffs $720,000, or about $170,000 each, but the decision could eventually make the government vulnerable to a much larger payout. The ruling should give more than 100,000 other individuals, businesses and government entities a better shot at claiming billions of dollars in damages.
Joe Bruno, one of the lead plaintiffs lawyer, said the ruling underscored the Army Corps’ long history of failure to properly protect the New Orleans region.
“It’s high time we look at the way these guys do business and do a full re-evaluation of the way it does business,” Bruno said.
The corps referred calls seeking comment to the Justice Department. The corps had argued that it is immune from liability because the channel is part of New Orleans’ flood control system, but the judge allowed the case to go forward.
Many in New Orleans have argued that Katrina, which struck the region Aug. 29, 2005,… Continue reading
On October 21st at the University of San Diego, Mr. Dwain Deets, former Director of NASA Aerospace Projects, gave a multimedia presentation on behalf of nearly one thousand architects and engineers who cite evidence of explosive demolition in all three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11 and are calling for a new, independent investigation into their destruction. These architects and engineers are listed on their website at ae911Truth.org.
Mr. Deets was an engineering executive with NASA Dryden Flight Research Center for more than 37 years and formerly served as Director, Research Engineering Division at Dryden. He received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in the federal government’s Senior Executive Service (1988). In 1986, Deets was awarded the Wright Brothers Lectureship in Aeronautics, a distinguished speaking engagement sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Resolutely empirical, non-political, and non-finger-pointing, ae911Truth only asks for a new investigation of the towers’ collapse that does justice to the forensic evidence it presents. The concerns presented by Mr. Deets and the conclusions of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth are shared by hundreds of scientists; senior-level military, intelligence, and government officials; firefighters; pilots and aviation professionals; scholars and university professors; 9/11 survivors and family members; and media professionals around the world.
Mr. Deets will continue giving presentations and is in the writers group for ae911Truth.org.
For more clarifying information see: ae911Truth.org, 911PressForTruth.com, 911Truth.org, 911Research.wtc7.net, stj911.org, and 911Review.com.
Richard Gage AIA, of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, talks to architect Jan Utzon, son of Joern Utzon, the architect of the Sydney Opera House.
Like 964 other professional architects and engineers, Mr Utzon has signed the AE911truth.org petition demanding of Congress an independent investigation into the collapse of the 3 World Trade Center buildings in New York on September 11, 2001.
Please circulate this video widely.
A big thanks to EVERYONE who helped make this happen.…Continue reading
by Kristen Breitweiser,
9/11 widow and activist
November 16, 2009
Even after witnessing the horrors of 9/11 that included me helplessly watching the murder of my husband on live television, I still believe that we are a civilized nation of laws. And like the Nuremberg trials that brought the murderers of millions to justice, now more than ever, Americans need to trust our own judicial system to fully and openly prosecute the mass murderers of 9/11 while the rest of the world bears witness.
Because while the terrorists were successful in bringing down the Twin Towers and hijacking airplanes on 9/11, our Constitution should never be hijacked or brought down as a result of anything–let alone the potential adversity faced in prosecuting modern day monsters like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Indeed, in the fight against Islamist extremism, we should never bow to the terrorists by compromising, manipulating, re-writing or flat-out ignoring the core, bedrock principles of our Constitution that speak to the very heart of who we are as a nation–a democracy.
Yet, quite alarmingly, Republicans seem to be exhibiting just this sort of crisis of confidence in our Constitution’s ability to prosecute these horrible men. Republicans argue that men like KSM are war criminals who can only be convicted in military commissions where they won’t receive the protections of our laws. Republicans seem to lack a certain faith in our Constitution’s ability and adaptability in meting out the demands of modern day justice.
So the once-brazen, chest-thumping Republicans who… Continue reading
Times of India
LOS ANGELES: The CIA has paid millions of dollars to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) since 9/11, accounting for as much as one-third of the foreign spy agency’s annual budget, says a media report.
The ISI also collected “tens of millions of dollars through a classified CIA programme”, which pays for the capture or killing of wanted militants, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday citing current and former US officials.
An intense debate has been triggered within the US government due to “long-standing suspicions that the ISI continues to help Taliban extremists who undermine US efforts in Afghanistan and provide sanctuary to al-Qaida members in Pakistan”.
But US officials have continued to make the payments as ISI’s assistance is considered critical: “Almost every major terrorist plot this decade has originated in Pakistan’s tribal belt, where ISI informant networks are a primary source of intelligence.”
The report went on to say that the payments to Pakistan are authorised under a covert programme initially approved by then president Bush and continued under President Obama.
The LA Times article mentioned is available here: CIA says it gets its money’s worth from Pakistani spy agency: It has given hundreds of millions to the ISI, for operations as well as rewards for the capture or death of terrorist suspects. Despite fears of corruption, it is money well-spent, ex-officials say.
And for more reading on the ISI connection to 9/11 (and utter failure by the 9/11… Continue reading