by Donna Marsh O’Connor
Wednesday 12 November 2008
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
A Truthout Original article
In September 2006, Michele Little (not pictured), Christina Kminek (L) and
Donna Marsh O’Connor (R) – three relatives of 9/11 victims – held a press conference
to demand further investigation into the September 11 attacks. (Photo: Alex
Wong / Getty Images)
This is a memoir of sorts, the kind that many of us in America are telling
days after the election of Barack Obama, who is soon, we all hope soon enough,
to be the 44th president of the United States of America. We’re not used to
this of late, this being the emergence of our stories, our narratives, each
one jubilant, provoked to the page and the air waves by our tears, for many
of us our tears of joy and relief, tears of disbelief. We, many of us, have
awakened from a nightmare. And that nightmare, for each of us, is different.
For me, the nightmare only partly ends. I’ve told this story many times before.
On 9/11/2001, in many ways the counter narrative to 11/4/2008, I lost my daughter
– my baby girl and my first child – along with the broken promise of a first
grandchild as Vanessa ran from the falling towers of the World Trade Center.
For many who have read my essays written in the years following the attacks,
this is an old story. I’ve said many times in many different… Continue reading
Festival is serious about Poland’s booming cinema
November 9, 2008
By Bill Stamets
Of the city’s festivals with a national focus, the Polish Film Festival in
America might be the most serious about cinema. Just look at the credits for
the 76 features, documentaries and shorts in this year’s online schedule. For
the cinephile, this 20-year-old event not only lists the director of each film,
but also names the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, art director and composer.
“The Polish film industry is blossoming right now,” says Christopher
Kamyszew, the festival’s founder and honorary chairman. “More films
are being produced and more have the ambition to do well in the local movie
theater in Poland.” That translates into more comedies. Kamyszew is
bringing over “Lejdis,” Poland’s hit comedy of the year.
20th POLISH FILM FESTIVAL IN AMERICA
When: Through Nov. 23
Where: Society for Arts’ Gallery Theatre (1112 N. Milwaukee), Copernicus
Center (5216 W. Lawrence), Facets Cinematheque (1517 W. Fullerton), Beverly
Arts Center (2407 W. 111th St.) and the Skokie Theatre (7924 Lincoln, Skokie)
Tickets: $13 features; $10 documentary programs. Discounts for students
and seniors, and for retrospective and sidebar screenings. $50 festival
pass for one person for five screenings (except opening, closing and special
screenings). Available at www.pf famerica.com, Polish bookstores and six
Palomar travel agency offices.
Phone: (773) 486-9612
More than 50 directors, producers and actors will fly in to speak at screenings.
LOT Polish Airlines is one of the sponsors of the non-profit festival.
expanded this year’s… Continue reading
On Veterans Day, Body of
War, the documentary about IVAW member Tomas Young who was paralyzed by
a bullet to his spine after serving in Iraq for less than a week, will be shown
at 7pm ET on the Sundance
Channel. There’s no better way to mark Veterans Day than by listening to
veterans, and watching this film is just one of many ways you can listen.
Body of War soundtrack on sale. All proceeds benefit IVAW.
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Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan: Another way you can honor our veterans today is by listening to the Winter Soldier Hearings.
Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan featured testimony from U.S. veterans who served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground. This four-day event brought together veterans from across the country to testify about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan – and present video and photographic evidence. In addition, panels of scholars, veterans, journalists, and other specialists gave context to the testimony. These panels covered everything from the history of the GI resistance movement to the fight for veterans’ health benefits and support. Learn more about these ongoing hearings and find links here.
Paul Zarembka Lecture to be streamed on scantv.org – 11.7.2008 – 8pm Pacific
That’s this evening, Friday November 7, 2008 – 8pm Pacific.
Paul Zarembka is the editor, and a contributor to, The Hidden History
of 9-11, recently released in paperback, revised since the original Elsevier
hardcover. The paperback features some new material from Kevin Ryan and David
Ray Griffin. Below is one of the chapters from the book, the essay
by contributor Diana Ralph, Islamophobia and the “War on Terror”:
the Continuing Pretext for U.S. Imperial Conquest.
This past September, Zarembka lectured on 9/11, based on the contents of Hidden
History, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Seattle. This is what
will be broadcast on scantv.org (Also on local Seattle cable: Comcast Ch 77 and Broadstripe Ch 23)
Live election coverage will be available, for those of you who wish to find something other than corporate media, from several places. Here are two:
NoLiesRadio will broadcast live, beginning Tuesday at 4:00 pm Pacific – 7:00 pm Eastern – 11:00 GMT. (See note from NoLiesRadio below).
Free Speech Radio News will broadcast updates throughout the day and night. Listen at KKFI, and many other sources. See http://www.fsrn.org/content/election2008 for more details.
NoLiesRadio statement: We are covering the election results LIVE as we did all of the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. We are authorized to carry the broadcast feed.
Given the fact that the two previous presidential elections were stolen, we believe it to be imperative that the people be extremely vigilent about this election. We will have extensive coverage on vote theft in addition to the election results themselves. We are also arming the people with facts and help as to what to do if they feel they have been swindled or cheated at the polls Tuesday, and if for some reason McCain makes a last minute victory that smells fishy, we are encouraging the folks to gather on Nov 5th in assemblies throughout the nation to fight back. This election could become part of the WAKE-UP call that will bring Americans out of their deep slumber and possibily give rise to becoming more sensitive regarding 911truth.
And we also believe that after… Continue reading
Wednesday Oct 15th 5pm Pacific – 8pm Eastern
Click Here To Listen: http://noliesradio.org
LIVE Tonight, Wednesday, Oct 15th at 5pm Pacific – 8pm Eastern – 00:00 GMT
Repeat Broadcast: Saturday, Oct 18th at 9am Pacific – 12noon Eastern – 16:00
Will be archived HERE after the broadcasts.
FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: Barack Obama versus John McCain. Do not miss this
live broadcast from Hempstead, New York!!
Pacifica’s National Network Coverage: No Lies Radio will carry Pacifica
Radio Network’s broadcast of the FINAL Presidential Debate between Barack Obama
and John McCain, taking place at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York
on Oct 15, anchored by Larry Bensky and Aimee Allison.
Pre-show – 5-6pm PDT / 6-7pm MDT / 7-8pm CDT / 8-9pm EDT
Debate – 6:00-7:30pm PDT / 7:00-8:30pm MDT / 8:00-9:30pm CDT /9:00-10:30pm EDT
Post-show – 7:30-9:00pm PDT / 8:30-10:00pm MDT / 9:30-11:00pm CDT /10:30p-12:00m
Listen to the Debate and then consider the ALTERNATIVE PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES:
Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party, Ralph Nader of the Independent Party, Chuck
Baldwin of the Constitution Party, and Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party. Then
act to support the party of your choice and be sure to vote in November!
Not familiar with their positions or history? All the alternative parties have
been barred from this debate, but you can access:
Cynthia McKinney’s position on a wide variety of issues at http://votetruth08.com
Ralph Nadar’s position at http://www.votenader.org/index.html
Chuck Baldwin’s position at http://baldwin08.com/IssuesList.cfm
Bob Barr’s position at http://www.bobbarr2008.com/
First, a comment from GeorgeWashington’s Blogspot:
I’ve previously pointed out that the U.S. government heard the 9/11 plans from the hijackers’ own mouths. Most of what I wrote about involved the NSA and other intelligence services tapping top Al Qaeda operatives’ phone calls outside the U.S.
However, it turns out that the NSA was also tapping the hijackers’ phone calls inside the U.S.
Specifically, hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi lived in San Diego, California, for 2 years before 9/11. Numerous phone calls between al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi in San Diego and a high-level Al Qaeda operations base in Yemen were made in those 2 years.
The NSA had been tapping and eavesdropping on all calls made from that Yemen phone for years. So NSA recorded all of these phone calls. Indeed, the CIA knew as far back as 1999 that al-Mihdhar was coming to the U.S. Specifically, in 1999, CIA operatives tailing al-Mihdhar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, obtained a copy of his passport. It contained visas for both Malaysia and the U.S., so they knew it was likely he would go from Kuala Lumpur to America.
The above information comes from James Bamford, the Washington Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings for almost a decade – where he won a number of journalism awards for his coverage national security issues – whose articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and is the only author to write any books (he wrote three) on the NSA.…Continue reading
By Matt Taibbi and David Ray Griffin
October 6, 2008
A poll of 17 countries that came out September of this year revealed that majorities in only nine of them “believe that al Qaeda was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.” A Zogby poll from 2006 found that in America, 42% of respondents believed the US government and 9/11 Commission “covered up” the events of 9/11. It’s safe to say that at least tens of millions of Americans don’t believe anything close to the official account offered by the 9/11 Commission, and that much of the outside world remains skeptical.
Over the years, AlterNet has run dozens of stories , mostly critical, of the 9/11 Movement. Matt Taibbi has taken on the 9/11 Truth Movement head on in a series of articles, and most recently in his new book, The Great Derangement .
In April, I asked Taibbi if he would be interested in interviewing David Ray Griffin, a leading member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice , Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University and author of seven of books on 9/11 , about his recent book, 9/11 Contradictions . After months of back and forths between them and some editorial delays, I’m pleased to share their written exchange — all 24,000 words of it. What we have here are the preeminent writers on both sides of the 9/11 Truth argument; a one-of-a-kind debate.… Continue reading
Live Broadcast Thursday, Oct 2nd at: 5pm Pacific – 8pm Eastern – 00:00 GMT
Repeat Broadcast Saturday, Oct 4th at: 9am Pacific – 12 Noon Eastern – 16:00
Will be archived here after the broadcasts.
DO NOT MISS THIS HISTORIC DEBATE from St. Louis. !!
Pacifica National Network Coverage of the First Vice-Presidential Debate
Pacifica Radio will broadcast the Vice Presidential Debate between Sarah Palin
and Joe Biden, taking place at Washington University in St Louis on Oct 2. Pacifica’s
debate broadcast will emanate from KPFA’s studios in Berkeley. HOSTED by KPFA’s
Larry Bensky and Aimee Allison. PRODUCED by Diana Martinez.
Pre-show – 5-6pm PDT / 6-7pm MDT / 7-8pm CDT / 8-9pm EDT
Debate – 6:00-7:30pm PDT / 7:00-8:30pm MDT / 8:00-9:30pm CDT / 9:00-10:30pm
Post-show – 7:30-9:00pm PDT / 8:30-10:00pm MDT / 9:30-11:00pm CDT / 10:30p-12:00m
Listen to the Debate and then consider that the Green Party Presidential Candidate
Cynthia McKinney Could Be Our Last Chance for 9/11 Truth, Stopping the Iran
War and Economic Collapse, Fascism and Martial Law at home!! Then act to support
the party of your choice and be sure to vote in November!
Not familiar with Rep. McKinney’s positions or history? The Green Party has
been barred from this debate but Cynthia’s position on a wide variety of issues
can be accessed at VoteTruth08.com. And you can read the Green Party 2008 draft
platform and 10 Key Values at GP.org
September 26, 2008
Hear the Historic Presidential Debate between Obama and McCain LIVE
No Lies Radio. Friday 5pm Pacific – 8pm Eastern
Click Here To Listen:
LIVE Broadcast Friday, Sept 26th at 5pm Pacific – 8pm Eastern – 00:00 GMT
Repeat Broadcast: Sunday, Sept 28th at 9am Pacific – 12noon Eastern – 16:00
Will be archived after the broadcasts.
FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: Barack Obama versus John McCain
DO NOT MISS THIS HISTORIC LIVE BROADCAST from Oxford, Mississippi !!
Pacifica’s National Network Coverage:
Hosted by Ian Masters and Sonali Kolhatkar. Join Sonali Kolhatkar, host of
KPFK’s Uprising!, and Ian Masters, host of KPFK’s hugely popular
Sunday talk-shows, Background Briefing and Live from the Left Coast as they
anchor the first Presidential Debate between Democratic Party nominee Senator
Barack Obama and Republican Party nominee Senator John McCain, which is taking
place in Oxford, Mississippi on Friday evening.
Guests for the broadcast include:
John Brady Kiesling, formerly of the U S Diplomat, who resigned in protest
over the Iraq War; George Farah, Executive Director of Open Debate; Laura Carlsen,
is director of the Americas Policy Program in Mexico City; Chris Hedges (tentative),
best-selling author of American Fascists, I Don’t Believe in Atheists,
and War is a Force that Gives us Meaning; Antonia Juhasz, author of the forthcoming
book The Tyranny of Oil and is with the group Oil Change International; Roger
author, critic of the Bush Administration and former National Security Council
member under… Continue reading
September 24, 2008
At 7:30 a.m. this morning, they climbed a nine-foot fence to occupy a 35-foot-high
ledge at the National Archives.
And five members of the Veterans for Peace organization have been there ever
since. They say they’re veterans of Vietnam and Iraq, anti-war activists, and
soldiers for a cause who plan to fast for 24 hours in protest of the Bush administration.
Seeking the criminal prosecution of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, the organization
distributed “Citizens’ Arrest Warrants” to tourists waiting in line
to enter the archives, which houses the key documents of U.S. history: the Declaration
of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
In a press release, the group described the reasons for its protest:
Bush and Cheney’s serial abuse of the law of the land clearly marks
them as domestic enemies of the Constitution. They have illegally invaded
and occupied Iraq, deliberately destroyed civilian infrastructure, authorized
torture, and unlawfully detained prisoners. These actions clearly mark them
as war criminals. Accountability extends beyond impeachment to prosecution
for war crimes even after their terms of office expire….
We are not conducting ourselves in a disorderly manner; our action is well-ordered
and well-considered. We are not trespassing; we have come to the home of our
Constitution to honor our oath to defend it.
So far, authorities have not interfered with the peaceful protest or the sign.
Yes, there’s a sign. A 22-foot-by-x8-foot banner draped across the Constitution
Avenue side of the archives says, “DEFEND… Continue reading
This week Visibility 9-11 welcomes Constitutional expert Michael Badnarik. Mr.
September 22, 2008
This interview includes a frank discussion about the usurpation’s of the Constitution
since 9-11 through the USA PATRIOT Act and the Military Commissions Act, George
Orwell, and some of Mr. Badnarik’s doubts about the official story of 9-11 and
his support for a new investigation.
Intermission music by Lynn Ahrens.
Ending music by High-C.
by Dr. David Ray Griffin
September 19, 2008
According to the official account of 9/11, Wedge 1 of the Pentagon was struck by Flight 77, which was a Boeing 757. If so, there surely would have been debris from the plane to support this claim. But, it appears, there was not. People who inspected Wedge 1 shortly after the attack almost universally reported an absence of the kind of debris that would have been left by the crash of a large airliner. I will give several examples.
F-16 pilot Dean Eckmann, who was asked to fly over the Pentagon and report on the extent of the damage, said that he suspected that the damage had been caused by “a big fuel tanker truck because of the amount of smoke and flames coming up and … there was no airplane wreckage off to the side.”1
I knew it was a crash site before we got there, and I didn’t know what it was going to look like. I couldn’t imagine because the building is like rock solid. I expected to see the airplane, so I guess my initial impression was, “Where’s the plane? How come there’s not a plane?” I would have thought the building would have stopped it and somehow we would have seen something like part of, or half of the plane, or the lower part, or the back of the plane. So it was just a… Continue reading
14th September 2008
DailyMail.co.uk – Peter Hitchens’ Mail on Sunday column
There is no such organisation as ‘Al Qaeda’. The spooks know this, Cabinet Ministers know this and so do the ‘security correspondents’ who so readily trot out the spooks’ point of view on our broadcasting networks.
Of course, there are terrorists, and there are also fantasists, fanatics, low-lifes and camp followers who plot and attempt horrible things. Some of them even call themselves ‘Al Qaeda’ these days because they have learned that this is a good way to scare us.
But, while they are a menace, they are not as big or as organised a menace as the Government likes to make out.
The State and the vainglorious bureaucrats of the ‘security’ services need to pretend that the terrorists are a tightly organised and terrifying threat, to make themselves look big as well — and to help them get hold of new powers to snoop on us and push us around.
Some of you may remember the rather squalid behaviour, back in the summer of 2006, by the then Home Secretary, the unrepentant ex-communist brute John Reid.
Lightly tossing aside the wise tradition that in free countries Ministers stay out of criminal justice matters, he reeled out a boastful, alarmist statement about some arrests of alleged terrorists, using words so preju-dicial that I will not reproduce them here.
When, two years later, a jury was unconvinced by many of the claims made by the authorities in this… Continue reading
Live Broadcast — 2 Day Conference — All Day Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14th
Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 13-14th
6am Pacific – 9am Eastern – 13:00 GMT
LIVE 2 DAY CONFERENCE direct from Andover, Mass.
A two-day conference on obtaining prosecutions of high level
American war criminals will open September 13th, in Andover, Mass. The conference
will explore the legal grounds for, and plan for, obtaining prosecutions of
President Bush and top officials of his Administration for war crimes.
In the tradition of America’s Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials
after World War II, Justice Robert Jackson, the Conference’s purpose is “to
hold high U.S. officials accountable in courts of law and, if guilt is found,
to obtain appropriate punishments. Otherwise,” said the Conference’s convener,
Lawrence Velvel, “the future will be threatened by additional examples
of Executive lawlessness by leaders who need fear no personal consequences”
for their actions, leading to the “possibility of more Viet Nams, more
Iraqs, and more repression.”
Velvel emphasized: “This is intended to be a planning conference, one at
which plans will be laid, and necessary organizational structures will be set
up, to seek prosecutions to determine guilt and, if guilt is found, appropriate
Attendees will hear from prominent authorities on international law, criminal
prosecutions, and constitutional rights who are determined to give meaning to
Justice Jackson’s words: “The common sense… Continue reading
Steven E. Jones lectures on ‘alternative theories’ surrounding the attacks
By Ben Fulton
The Salt Lake Tribune
OREM – For most of the American public, the dust has settled over how the World
Trade Center fell Sept. 11.
But seven years later, former Brigham Young University physics professor Steven
E. Jones remains perhaps the most famous proponent of so-called "alternative
theories" surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks.
Almost two years since BYU placed him on paid leave following controversy
over his claims that the WTC towers did not fall due to the collision of passenger
jets alone, he’s still studying dust samples gathered near ground zero.
The man can also pack a small lecture hall, as he did Wednesday afternoon
during one of the weekly physics colloquiums sponsored by Utah Valley University’s
"I’ll see if I can prepare you all to be whistle-blowers," Jones
told the hall of some 100 people who came to hear his presentation titled, "9/11/2001:
Forbidden Questions, Explosive Answers."
Many in the crowd identified themselves as doubters of accepted explanations
for why the WTC towers fell, but declined to be named. Others were not shy.
"He’s really on to something," said Brett Smith, a 25-year-old UVU
student of behavioral science producing a documentary film about Jones, which
he will later submit to film festivals. "There’s so much that doesn’t add
Using a Power Point presentation, Jones argued that basic laws of physics matched
with careful observation of the motion and circumstances of the towers’ collapse
point to a missing cause behind their fall.…
September 11, 2008
NYC Ballot Initiative Press Conference with Cynthia McKinney Green Party Presidential Candidate.
NYC, under its charter revision initiative law, has the jurisdiction to create a commission to investigate 9/11, which occurred in NYC. Cynthia McKinney, as a leader in the call for the investigation, calls for support for the ballot initiative. She talks about the government lies and what we must do to investigate the truth.
Reuters North American News Service
Sep 10, 2008 08:28 EST
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, there is no
consensus outside the United States that Islamist militants from al Qaeda were
responsible, according to an international poll published Wednesday.
The survey of 16,063 people in 17 nations found majorities in only nine countries
believe al Qaeda was behind the attacks on New York and Washington that killed
about 3,000 people in 2001.
U.S. officials squarely blame al Qaeda, whose leader Osama bin Laden has boasted
of organizing the suicide attacks by his followers using hijacked commercial
On average, 46 percent of those surveyed said al Qaeda was responsible, 15
percent said the U.S. government, 7 percent said Israel and 7 percent said some
other perpetrator. One in four people said they did not know who was behind
The poll was conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org, a collaborative project of
research centers in various countries managed by the Program on International
Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland in the United States.
In Europe, al Qaeda was cited by 56 percent of Britons and Italians, 63 percent
of French and 64 percent of Germans. The U.S. government was to blame, according
to 23 percent of Germans and 15 percent of Italians.
Respondents in the Middle East were especially likely to name a perpetrator
other than al Qaeda, the poll found.
Israel was behind the attacks, said 43 percent of people in Egypt, 31 percent
in… Continue reading