Video of Loose Change/We Are Change interview with firefighter Manny Badillo at
the Official Loose Change Blog
By Manny Badillo, Victim’s Family Member, August 7th, 2007
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Firefighter John Schroeder, assigned to Engine Company 10
directly across the street from the World Trade Center complex, holds back tears
and describes his first-hand experience on Sept. 11th. His story directly contradicts
many aspects of the National Commission on Terrorist attacks any corroborates
many other eyewitnesses testimony.
“Standing outside the firehouse with my buddies, we were talking about
how beautiful the day was. Then just like that, our lives changed forever. Some
of those guys I would never see again.”
In this exclusive interview, Firefighter Schroeder recollects in great detail
how he was one of the first firefighters to rush to the complex. “We first
assembled on West Street, where we saw someone burnt beyond recognition. We
were like ‘What is going on here?’ and then went straight into the
Marriot building” From there, Firefighter Schroeder made his way to the
lobby of the North Tower. “It looked like a bomb went off, and we started
making our way up the stairs to rescue as many people as we could.”
As they were making there way up the floors, Firefighter Schroeder heard a
huge explosion. “The elevators just blew right out. We couldn’t
believe it. The plane hits 80 floors up but the elevators explode at least five
minutes later? It was unreal.”
Firefighter Schroeder made it all the way… Continue reading
September 11th Advocates
For Immediate Release
July 27, 2007
Watching Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testify before Congress
on July 24, 2007, for the third time, was excruciatingly painful.
During Gonzales’ testimony, it became abundantly clear that Americans
were witnessing the unraveling of the fabric of America. We do not feel that
this is an overstatement.
The Attorney General, a man who supposedly personifies America’s rule of law,
obfuscated, committed perjury, and belittled the very institution, the Congress,
which makes America a great Democracy. Over and over, we publicly witnessed
Gonzales’ refusal to answer the questions posed by you – a Committee
authorized to conduct oversight duties. You were made to look frustrated and
foolish as your attempts at Executive Branch oversight were thwarted by the
bizarre, circular non-answers of Attorney General Gonzales. For the third time,
you were unable to penetrate his stonewalling.
We want to know, is it not a crime to mislead and outright lie to the
Congress? How many more opportunities will you give Attorney General
Gonzales to make a farce of our system by denying Congress information that
would allow you to do your job and properly perform your oversight role?
The Bush Administration has repeatedly told us that American troops are fighting
to spread democracy in Iraq. Ironically, here in America we seem to be losing
the core principles that make us one. Mr. Gonzales’ testimony and the
Administration’s refusal to have key people testify at the hearings, without
any accountability, make a mockery of our system of checks and balances.…
In this issue… Several action items, and some great news!
1. Coalition efforts bearing fruit everywhere! Philadelphia, Los Angeles, NYC
2 . Action Items / Get Involved
4. Important Recent Articles
5. Specials at Online Store & Fundraising
6. Grassroots Organizing Forum
7. New Faces at 911truth.org
1. Coalitions everywhere!
US Social Forum Supports Call for Independent, International Investigation into 9/11
Thanks to donations from some of our generous supporters, 911truth.org was present at the first ever United States Social Forum, along with 15 other 9/11 truth activists from six states. We attended with the idea we’d have to convince people to look at the need for a real investigation, but what we learned was that most everyone was already aware of some important 9/11 questions and agreed with us! Even better, we introduced a Resolution demanding an “independent, international investigation of 9/11″ which received resounding applause by thousands in attendance at the final Peoples Assembly! Full story at http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20070702180355632
Philadelphia Emergency Anti-War Conference — ‘Activists Unite Forging a New Vision and Strategy’
A Coalition of twenty-four activist groups gathered at Independence Center on July Fourth, 2007 for the Philadelphia Emergency Anti-War Convention. Three-hundred activists united to repeat history; as our forefathers/mothers of this nation did, we too must face tyranny, realizing the urgency to change the corrupt system causing so much suffering. Convention participants acknowledged how crucial it is we work together to achieve our vision. Distinguished speakers provided education and insights for the participants,… Continue reading
The petition drive of the year has begun. New York City voters can create a mandate to get at the root cause of our current political reality by launching a new, independent investigation of the events of 9/11. For those of you who live elsewhere but know NYC voters, you can make a difference by urging them to sign our petition. Read on…
“9/11 was not a perfect storm. Don’t let them tell you it was. Create a Commission.” – Ed Asner, actor, former president Screen Actors Guild
By creating a ballot initiative, we can return the process of governance to We the People. Let’s face it, voting every few years just isnt’ enough. We need 30,000 petition signatures as soon as possible to get this on the Nov. 6th general election. This will enable us to create the conditions for a citizen-based, rather than government insider-based investigation to address the multitude of questions from 9/11 families which were ignored by the Kean/Hamilton Commission, as well as the issues of the toxic health hazards and the mistreatment of so many first responders.
Read all about it at www.nyc911initiative.org . You can either download a petition there, come to Union Sq. at noon on Saturdays, or call our Hotline at 646-537-1755 and leave your name and address.
As of now, international attorney Dr. William Pepper , Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell , actor/activist Ed Asner , former Senator Lincoln Chafee , Jersey widow Lorie Van Auken , Mohawk tribal member Splitting-the-Sky… Continue reading
From August 3rd – 12th, 911truth.org will join a coalition of organizations
to help host “Answers For 9/11 Families” week. Hundreds
of Americans will come together at house parties across the country to screen
the acclaimed film featuring the September 11th families, 9/11 Press For
This stunning movie exposes the government’s and the media’s failure to answer
the many important questions of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee, a group
of twelve victim’s relatives who tenaciously fought the White House to force
the creation of the 9/11 Commission. Six of them tell their story first-hand
in the movie, revealing for the first time that “70% of our questions”
were not answered by the Final Report. The movie stitches together rare overlooked
news clips, buried stories, and government press conferences to clearly detail
a pattern of deception by U.S. officials.
Now, Congressman Dennis Kucinich
has announced plans for a new 9/11 investigation beginning in September
because “the 9/11 Commission… never resolved some conflicting facts.”
Recently, Please join the effort to encourage Congress to support investigations
until all remaining Family Steering Committee questions are answered.
Send a “Press
For Truth Pack” to your Congressman and sign up today to host
or attend a 9/11 Press For Truth house party in your community.
(NOTE: Simple instructions on how to make your house party film screening a
success will be emailed to everyone who signs up to host a party. Please order
your DVD immediately after signing up in order to ensure it arrives in time
for your house party.)
“We thought the country was at risk from terrorists and from incompetence,”
says Jersey widow Lorie Van Auken in the movie, “and maybe worse.”
Fellow ‘Jersey Girl’ Patty Casazza puts it more succinctly: “They lied.…
by Sherwood Ross
A number of major pharmaceutical corporations and biotech firms are concealing the nature of the biological warfare research work they are doing for the U.S. government.
Since their funding comes from the National Institutes of Health, the recipients are obligated under NIH guidelines to make their activities public. Not disclosing their ops raises the suspicion they may be engaged in forbidden kinds of germ warfare research. According to the Sunshine Project, a nonprofit arms control watchdog operating out of Austin, Texas, among corporations holding back information about their activities are:
Abbott Laboratories, BASF Plant Science, Bristol-Myers Squibb, DuPont Central Research and Development, Eli Lilly Corp., Embrex, GlaxoSmithKline, Hoffman-LaRoche, Merck & Co., Monsanto, Pfizer Inc., Schering-Plough Research Institute, and Syngenta Corp. of Switzerland.
In case you didn’t know it, the White House since 9/11 has called for spending $44-billion on biological warfare research, a sum unprecedented in world history, and an obliging Congress has authorized it. Thus, some of the deadliest pathogens known to humankind are being rekindled in hundreds of labs in pharmaceutical houses, university biology departments, and on military bases. An international convention the U.S. signed forbids it to stockpile, manufacture or use biological weapons. But if the U.S. won’t say what’s going down in those laboratories other countries are going to assume the worst and a biowarfare arms race will be on, if it isn’t already. Sunshine says failure to disclose operations also puts corporate employees involved in this work at risk. Only 8,500, or 16%, of the 52,000 workers employed at the top 20 U.S.…Continue reading
Christie Whitman has her story and she’s sticking to it. Her story is that she’s proud of how she responded to 9/11 as Environmental Protection Agency chief. Her story is that she fully and truthfully informed New Yorkers about the health hazards generated by the collapse of the World Trade Center.
She has told this fable for almost six years now, and she amplified it yesterday before Rep. Jerry Nadler’s subcommittee. Whitman was the soul of indignant defiance, and her testimony – under oath, no less – was an insult to the truth, as well as to the rescue workers, residents and everyone else who believed her false assurances that the air was safe.
Officials who were called to duty in the aftermath of the terror attack are owed gratitude for service well done and leeway for errors committed under battlefield conditions. But Whitman has exhausted all understanding by insistently denying the reality that she allowed thousands of people to be exposed needlessly to airborne, lung-scarring toxins.
Central to Whitman’s story are two claims, one having to do with the air downtown, and one having to do with the air over Ground Zero, where the pulverized Trade Center dust was thickest.
Whitman says that in pronouncing the air breathable she was speaking only about the atmosphere in the surrounding neighborhood, not about the air over The Pile. She says she was clear about this distinction and that her assertions were based on valid testing data.
But the EPA inspector general concluded that Whitman lacked the scientific basis for declaring the air safe anywhere.…Continue reading
WASHINGTON – JUNE 22 – The Central Intelligence Agency violated its charter for 25 years until revelations of illegal wiretapping, domestic surveillance, assassination plots, and human experimentation led to official investigations and reforms in the 1970s, according to declassified documents posted today on the Web by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.
CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden announced today that the Agency is declassifying the full 693-page file amassed on CIA’s illegal activities by order of then-CIA director James Schlesinger in 1973–the so-called “family jewels.” Only a few dozen heavily-censored pages of this file have previously been declassified, although multiple Freedom of Information Act requests have been filed over the years for the documents. Gen. Hayden called today’s release “a glimpse of a very different time and a very different Agency.”
I’m sure General Hayden would like us to take him at his word. But who on earth will believe the CIA has ‘reformed’ itself, when even the mainstream press reports blatantly illegal acts like extraordinary rendition? The worst abuses we never hear about.
Bin Laden may have arranged family’s US exit: FBI docs
Jun 20 04:08 PM US/Eastern
Osama bin Laden may have chartered a plane that carried his family members and
Saudi nationals out of the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks,
said FBI documents released Wednesday.
The papers, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, were made public
by Judicial Watch, a Washington-based group that investigates government corruption.
One FBI document referred to a Ryan Air 727 airplane that departed Los Angeles
International Airport on September 19, 2001, and was said to have carried Saudi
nationals out of the United States.
“The plane was chartered either by the Saudi Arabian royal family or Osama
bin Laden,” according to the document, which was among 224 pages posted
The flight made stops in Orlando, Florida; Washington, DC; and Boston, Massachusetts
and eventually left its passengers in Paris the following day.
In all, the documents detail six flights between September 14 and September
24 that evacuated Saudi nationals and bin Laden family members, Judicial Watch
said in a statement.
“Incredibly, not a single Saudi national nor any of the bin Laden family
members possessed any information of investigative value,” Judicial Watch
“These documents contain numerous errors and inconsistencies which call
to question the thoroughness of the FBI’s investigation of the Saudi flights.
“For example, on one document, the FBI claims to have interviewed 20 of
23 passengers on the Ryan International Airlines flight … on another document
the FBI claims to have interviewed 15 to 22 passengers on the same flight.”
Asked about the documents’ assertion that either bin Laden or the Saudi royals
ordered the flight, an FBI spokesman said the information was inaccurate.…
by Ed Haas
June 11, 2007 — How many times has the now infamous Osama bin Laden “confession video” played in the corporate media after its release on December 13, 2001? How many newspapers carried the story of Osama bin Laden, confessing to his prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, in their December 14, 2001 editions? How about worldwide? Combined, how many television stations, radio broadcasts, and newspapers do you think ran segments and stories about the content of this video?
Considering the number of television and radio news media outlets globally, coupled with the fact that many of the television news stations in the United States played portions of this video every 15 minutes for weeks after its release, and it can be safely estimated that this “confession video” has played millions of times since its release nearly six years ago. It can also be accepted as fact that the story of the “confession tape” was deemed fit for print repeatedly in every newspaper and news magazine in the United States and nearly every other similar type of publication worldwide.
Without a doubt, exposure to the “confession video” has reached every civilized corner of the earth in which a press can be found. Millions of times hundreds of millions of people saw, heard, or read about the video. On December 13, 2001 the video was not a secret anymore. With its sheer volume of exposure, there should be no secrets about it. Yet, to this day, documentation related to the discovery of the video and its authenticity is being guarded by elements of the U.S.…Continue reading
June 10, 2007
Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, http://www.communitycurrency.org/impeach.html
Carol Brouillet- (home) 650-857-0927, email@example.com
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, http://www.ae911truth.org
Richard Gage- (cell) 925-285-1839, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patriots Tour 2007, http://www.thepatriots.us
Robert Bowman- (cell) 321-752-5955, DrBob@Bowman2008.com
The Need to Remember, http://www.theneedtoremember.com/
Janette MacKinlay- 510-339-9358, email@example.com
National Days of Truth Action, http://www.truthaction.org/
Cosmos- 415 552 5776, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heroes for 9/11 Truth, for Peace, for Impeachment
Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at 1 pm at Lytton Plaza in downtown Palo Alto, heroes
will rally to support Representative Dennis Kucinich’s articles of impeachment
against Vice President Cheney, H.R. 333. The master of ceremonies, award-winning
investigative journalist and host of KPFA’s Flashpoints, Dennis Bernstein–together
with Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Yoda–will pass out awards honoring
“Heroic Citizens for 9/11 Truth” to Dr. Robert Bowman, Richard Gage,
Janette MacKinlay, Cosmos, Jim Hoffman, and Aaron Dames. Superman (musician-
August Bullock) will sing “Heroes of America,” which inspired the
theme of this and last month’s impeachment rallies. After the award presentations,
heroic citizens will march at 2 pm through downtown Palo Alto to Congresswoman
Anna Eshoo’s office at 698 Emerson Street.
9/11 has been used to sell wars, pass the PATRIOT Act, construct the Homeland
Security apparatus, to institutionalize torture and to weaken the Constitution
and the Bill of Rights. Heroic citizens have exposed lies and omissions in the
Commission Report, demanded the release of suppressed evidence and called for
a genuine investigation. From a one-woman “Listening Project” in
downtown Palo Alto (Wednesdays 11 am… Continue reading
Two pieces of good news from the impeachment front.
1) House Resolution 333, Impeachment of Cheney, has gained support and now has seven cosponsors on board! Please call your representatives every single day until this is a reality. A mere two minutes of your time adds up to a lot of staff time when joined with calls from other constituents.
Articles of Impeachment Against Cheney Gain Cosponsors
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has joined Lynn Woolsey, the other Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Congress Members Yvette Clarke, Jan Schakowsky, William Lacy Clay, Albert Wynn, and Dennis Kucinich in cosponsoring Articles of Impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney (H. Res. 333). For details, see: impeachcheney.org
Ask your Representatives to please sign on: democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/73
The list of state Democratic Parties that have passed resolutions urging impeachment of Bush and Cheney has just grown to 15. Meanwhile, 11 state legislatures have introduced such resolutions, which have now been passed by at least 77 cities and towns and a growing list of labor unions and other organizations. These resolutions are all listed at impeachpac.org/resolutions-list
Encourage News Item Number 2:
Also from Democrats.com, Impeach Alberto Gonzales
Today (Monday) the Senate will vote on a “no-confidence” resolution against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for lying about … well, everything. Of course we want all Senators to vote “yes” but that’s not nearly enough for the man who authorized illegal wiretapping of thousands (millions?) of U.S.…Continue reading
WARD BOSTON, JR., THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, JUN 8, 2007
This article was originally published by The San Diego Union-Tribune and is republished with the author’s permission.
Forty years ago this week, I was asked to investigate the heaviest attack on an American ship since World War II. As senior legal counsel to the Navy Court of Inquiry it was my job to help uncover the truth regarding Israel’s June 8th 1967 bombing of the USS Liberty.
On that sunny, clear day 40 years ago, Israel’s combined air and naval forces attacked our American intelligence-gathering ship for two hours, inflicting 70 percent casualties. Thirty-four American sailors died and 172 were injured. The USS Liberty remained afloat only by the crew’s heroic efforts.
Israel claimed it was an accident. Yet I know from personal conversations with the late Admiral Isaac C. Kidd — president of the Court of Inquiry — that President Johnson and Secretary of Defense McNamara ordered him to conclude that the attack was a case of “mistaken identity.”
The ensuing cover-up has haunted us for forty years. What does it imply for our national security, not to mention our ability to honestly broker peace in the Middle East, when we cannot question Israel’s actions — even when they kill Americans?
On June 8th, survivors of Israel’s cruel attack will gather in Washington, DC to honor their dead shipmates as well as the mothers, sisters, widows and children they left behind. They will continue to ask for a fair and impartial congressional inquiry that, for the first time, would allow the survivors themselves to testify publicly.…Continue reading
Announcing 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results
Judging Results in 65 National Categories
Here is the listing of Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists in each of the 65 National categories in this year’s Independent Publisher Book Awards. A total of 2,690 national entries came from all 50 U.S. states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 17 countries overseas. Congratulations to all participants for your excellent work!
Readers may wish to take a look at this full listing of winners in 65 categories–lots of good reading there.
Category 34. Current Events
Gold: Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-Up of 9/11, by Barrie Zwicker (New Society Publishers)
Silver: Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class, by Thom Hartmann (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)
Bronze: Free Speech 101: The Utah Valley Uproar over Michael Moore, by Joseph Vogel (WindRiver Publishing); One Nation Under Guns, by Arnold Grossman (Fulcrum Publishing); The Oil Depletion Protocol, by Richard Heinberg (New Society Publishers); The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, by David C. Korten (Kumarian Press); The War Against the Common Good, by D.W. Sid Olufs and David Feller Schuman (Chandler Sharp Publishers)
Source URL: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1157&urltitle=Announcing%202007%20Independent%20Publisher%20Book%20Awards%20Results
by Cindy Sheehan
I have endured a lot of smear and hatred since Casey was killed and especially since I became the so-called “Face” of the American anti-war movement. Especially since I renounced any tie I have remaining with the Democratic Party, I have been further trashed on such “liberal blogs” as the Democratic Underground. Being called an “attention whore” and being told “good riddance” are some of the more milder rebukes.
I have come to some heartbreaking conclusions this Memorial Day Morning. These are not spur of the moment reflections, but things I have been meditating on for about a year now. The conclusions that I have slowly and very reluctantly come to are very heartbreaking to me.
The first conclusion is that I was the darling of the so-called left as long as I limited my protests to George Bush and the Republican Party. Of course, I was slandered and libeled by the right as a “tool” of the Democratic Party. This label was to marginalize me and my message. How could a woman have an original thought, or be working outside of our “two-party” system?
However, when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the “left” started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used. I guess no one paid attention to me when I said that the issue of peace and people dying for no reason is not a matter of “right or left”, but “right and wrong.”
I am deemed a radical because I believe that partisan politics should be left to the wayside when hundreds of thousands of people are dying for a war based on lies that is supported by Democrats and Republican alike.…Continue reading
by Tod Fletcher
Debunking 9/11 Debunking is a monumental accomplishment by David Ray Griffin. He exhaustively and definitively destroys the pretensions of four major “9/11 debunking” publications published in 2006, shortly before the fifth anniversary of the events. Although the book is organized into chapters dealing with each one of the four publications in turn, Griffin has such a broad knowledge of all the evidence pertaining to the events, and such command of logic and argument, that the book is thoroughly cohesive and progressively builds an integrated critique of all dimensions of the official theory. Debunking 9/11 Debunking will effectively serve as a veritable encyclopedia of not just the facts of 9/11, but of the best arguments to debunk the official (and semi-official) lies about the facts. Griffin, as usual, avoids speculation and focuses on showing that the official story of what happened that day cannot be true.
Before the four central chapters, Griffin provides an Introduction (“Conspiracy Theories and Evidence”) in which he distinguishes between rational and irrational conspiracy theories and discusses the “double standard” used by the mainstream and left-leaning press, i.e., the confused (or self-serving) way in which they fail to make this distinction and then assert that critiques of the official account are “conspiracy theories” while completely obfuscating the fact that the official story is itself a conspiracy theory. He deals in detail with tendencies of human thought that make it difficult for people to look at unfamiliar and threatening evidence (“paradigmatic thinking” and “wishful-and-fearful thinking”),… Continue reading
by Robert Parry
In late August 2001, when aggressive presidential action might have changed the course of U.S. history, CIA Director George Tenet made a special trip to Crawford, Texas, to get George W. Bush to focus on an imminent threat of a spectacular al-Qaeda attack only to have the conversation descend into meaningless small talk.
Alarmed CIA officials already had held an extraordinary meeting with then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice on July 10 to lay out the accumulating evidence of an impending attack and had delivered on Aug. 6 a special “Presidential Daily Brief” to Bush entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US.”
“A few weeks after the Aug. 6 PDB was delivered, I followed it to Crawford to make sure the President stayed current on events,” Tenet wrote in his memoir, At the Center of the Storm. “This was my first visit to the ranch. I remember the President graciously driving me around the spread in his pickup and my trying to make small talk about the flora and the fauna, none of which were native to Queens,” where Tenet had grown up.
Tenet’s trip to Crawford — like the July 10 meeting with Rice and the Aug. 6 briefing paper for Bush — failed to shock the administration out of its lethargy nor elicit the emergency steps that the CIA and other counterterrorism specialists wanted.
While Tenet and Bush made small talk about “the flora and the fauna,” al-Qaeda operatives put the finishing touches on their plans.…Continue reading