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Could WikiLeaks Have Prevented 9/11? Former FBI Agent Says Yes

Jon Wiener
October 17, 2010
TheNation.com Blogs The Notion

As WikiLeaks prepares to release 400,000 Iraq war documents, two former government
security officials argue that WikiLeaks could have prevented 9/11, if the website
had been around in 2001.

The two ought to know: Coleen Rowley, the Minneapolis FBI agent who tried to sound the alarm a month before 9/11, and Bogdan Dzakovic, a special agent for the FAA’s security division, who was a leader of the agency’s “Red Team” that was warning officials about vulnerabilities in airport security just before 9/11.

“Things might have been different if there had been a quick, confidential way to get information out,” the two write — and WikiLeaks could have provided exactly that, according to their op-ed in the LA Times on Friday.

The information they wanted to get out was about Zacarias Moussaoui, the French Moroccan attending flight school in Minnesota who was interested in learning how to fly a commercial jet, but was not interested in learning how to land one. Rowley was one of those trying to sound the alarm about him. And a foreign intelligence service had reported that Moussaoui had connections with a foreign terrorist group.

Less than a month before 9/11, an FBI supervisor sent a warning to officials in Washington. He pleaded that he was “trying to keep someone from taking a plane and crashing into the World Trade Center.”

It doesn’t get much more specific than that. But FBI officials in Washington refused to act, or make any public statement about Moussaoui.…

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[Australian]Trades Hall president Kevin Bracken calls 9/11 ‘conspiracy'; Prime Minister responds

by Shannon Deery, Stephen McMahon
October 20, 2010
HeraldSun.com.au

[RELATED POLL:
"Do you think Kevin Bracken's comments were reasonable?"]

UPDATE 7.51pm: JULIA Gillard has dismissed as “stupid and
wrong” a senior union official’s belief that the 9/11 attacks were a conspiracy
but has refused to discipline him.

Kevin Bracken.  Picture: Mike Keating  < title=Source: HWT Image Library” align=”right” hspace=”5″ vspace=”5″Kevin Bracken, the president of the Victorian Trades Hall and secretary of
the Maritime Union of Australia, sparked anger this morning after claiming the
attacks were not the result of terrorist activity.

“I believe the official story is a conspiracy theory that doesn’t stand
up to scientific scrutiny,” Mr Bracken told ABC talk-back host Jon Faine.

“In my mind the buildings were imploded.”

Faine initially thought the call was a hoax.

“I challenge you to a public debate,” Mr Bracken said to Faine.

“Aviation fuel doesn’t get hot enough to melt steel and no high rise steel
frame building before or after September 11 has ever collapsed due to fire.”

* Audio: Listen to Kevin Bracken on Jon Faine

Faine described the claim as a “nutter theory”.

The Federal Opposition seized on the comments in Parliament today, with Victorian
MP Josh Frydenberg asking Ms Gillard what action she would take against Mr Bracken
“to send a message that such remarks are unacceptable”, The Australian
reported.

“Obviously I don’t agree with the remarks, obviously they are stupid
and wrong,” Ms Gillard said.

“The Labor Party is a large organisation, people join it as individuals
— we don’t dictate what people think.”

After being accused by Liberal frontbencher Christopher Pyne of not answering
the question on discipline, Ms Gillard said: “If it is the intention of
the Leader of the Opposition to expel every member who says something stupid,
I’ll start sending him a weekly list.”

In Victoria, Shadow Attorney General Robert Clarke said Mr Bracken’s comments
were a direct insult to Australian soldiers serving in Afghanistan.…

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Judge Napolitano for 9/11 Truth

November 24, 1020
911truthnews.com

Fox Business host and Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano revealed yesterday that he doubts the US government’s account of the 9/11 attacks. Referring to the rapid, symmetrical destruction of World Trade Center building 7, Napolitano told radio host Alex Jones:

“It’s hard for me to believe that it came down by itself… I am gratified to see that people across the board are interested. I think twenty years from now, people will look at 9/11 the way we look at the assassination of JFK today. It couldn’t possibly have been done the way the government told us.”

Napolitano recently discussed WTC 7 on his “Freedom Watch” program with fellow FOX host Geraldo Rivera and has also hosted Anthony Shaffer to discuss the Able Danger cover up.

The news of Napolitano’s 9/11 statements was first reported in a derogatory piece by Media Matters and then picked up by the staunchly anti-9/11 truth Huffington Post — perhaps in an attempt to make FOX look worse. As one commenter on the Huffington Post story noted “What’s interesting is that this article centers on a ‘FOX Host’ and not the families, engineers and architects requesting a new investigation.”

George Bush thought 9/11 plane had been shot down on his orders

Memoirs reveal former US president gave order to shoot down any hijacked planes before United Airlines flight 93 crashed.

by James Meikle
29 October 2010
guardian.co.uk

George Bush initially believed the only plane not to reach its intended target during the 11 September attacks had been shot down on his orders, according to leaks from the former president’s memoir of his two terms in office.

Bush reveals that he gave the order for any further suspected hijacked planes to be shot down after the first aircraft were flown into the World Trade Centre in New York during the 2001 terror attacks.

He at first thought the crash of United Airlines flight 93 in Pennsylvania had resulted from this instruction, although it later emerged that passengers had stormed the cockpit as hijackers flew the plane towards the Capitol building in Washington.

The memoir, Decision Points, is due to be published on 9 November, in the aftermath of the US midterm elections, and Bush is already lined up for interviews on the Oprah Winfrey and NBC Today shows.

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Australian TV Interview with Activist/Engineer John Bursill – Talking About AE911Truth.org

October 31, 2010
John Bursill

From the YouTube notes: Many Kind Thanks to TVS (CH 31, Digital CH44) and “Yianni’s City Life” for their co-operation in AIRING John Bursill, Spokesperson for 9/11 Truth in Australia. This was the First TV Program BRAVE enough in AUSTRALIA to give a “Balanced” presentation on the “9/11 Tragedy” that has affected us all.

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You can contact TVS and thank them by e-mail at email@tvs.org.au

Ad Focusing On WTC 7 Begins Airing in New York City

November 2, 2010
911truthnews.com
Buildingwhat.org

A 30 second television spot featuring 9/11 family members and promoting awareness of the destruction of World Trade Center Building 7 has begun airing in New York City. The ad is sponsored by buildingwhat.org and highlights the fact that over 1200 architects and engineers have called for an independent investigation into the events of 9/11.

World Trade Center 7 was the third skyscraper to be completely destroyed on September 11, 2001 — despite not having been hit by an airplane.

The ad began airing on election day and will run through November 10 on 13 channels, including CNN, MSNBC and VH1. NYCCAN, the group who created the ad, estimate that it will be seen by nearly 900,000 viewers. The group plans to commission an opinion poll after the run of the ad and send the results to every City Council member.

“We’ve been educating the City Council about Building 7 and the need for a new investigation for the past six months,” said Bob McIlvaine, father of Bobby McIlvaine and one of the 9/11 family members who appear in the ad. “We are asking them now to do something about it.”

Manny Badillo, another family member who appears in the spot, said “For the next two weeks, we the people will see, many for the first time, the demise of the Salomon Brothers building on the day of my uncle’s murder. What you witness allows critical thought about details of the crime that we have… Continue reading

‘BuildingWhat?’ on Geraldo At Large

November 13, 2010
BuildingWhat.org

On November 13, Bob McIlvaine and Tony Szamboti appeared on Geraldo Rivera’s
show “Geraldo At Large” on Fox News to talk about the “BuildingWhat?” TV ad campaign.

Without any further ado, we invite you to watch the interview and give us
feedback on the poll we plan to commission to survey New Yorkers on their support
for a new Building 7 investigation. Your generosity and determination have made
this campaign possible, and so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. For
more details about the “BuildingWhat?” TV ad campaign, visit BuildingWhat.org

Sincerely,
The BuildingWhat? Team

Building what?”
~ Judge Edward Lehner, upon hearing the words “Building 7″ in a NYC courtroom

Rosie O’Donnell Talks 9/11 Truth

November 29, 2010
9/11 Truth News

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Last week Rosie O’Donnell hosted 9/11 family member Bob McIlvaine and engineer Tony Szamboti on her Sirius XM radio show to discuss the buildingwhat.org campaign. A full description of the discussion can be found here and the show can be heard here.

Thanks to Jon Gold for providing the audio.

‘Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup’ to Air on Colorado Public Television

Press Release
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Colorado
Public Television, Cpt12.org

Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup
Saturday, December 4 at 7:00 pm on Channel 12.1


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
With the departure of the Bush Administration and the arrival of an “era of
transparency,” opportunities are arising for the disclosure of new information
that may shed more light on the events that took place before and after 9/11/2001.
This film takes viewers on a turbulent journey through several pivotal moments
in history before delving into the most significant catastrophe in recent memory,
9/11. Loaded with powerful, new footage and in-depth interviews with the likes
of Steven Earl Jones, an American physicist who has discovered undetonated explosive
material in multiple samples of dust from the World Trade Center collapses,
this documentary presents a wide array of evidence. The American people continue
to live in the aftermath of 9/11 and deal with its ongoing repercussions. Is
this just another machination of power on the timeline of history? If so, the
real question is what happens next? Or better yet, what can we do to prevent
another 9/11? LOOSE CHANGE 9/11 serves as a fundamental call to action which
is fueled by hope that those affected by 9/11 will soon receive the answers
that they have sought after for nearly a decade.

WHY CPT12 IS AIRING THIS FILM:
Last year, in response to numerous viewer requests, Colorado Public Television
(CPT12) aired two independent films, 911 PRESS FOR TRUTH and 911 BLUEPRINT FOR
TRUTH. It was the United States’ broadcast television debut for each of
these controversial films, both of which question the official reports of what
happened surrounding the attacks on September 11, 2001.…

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Exclusive: Key FBI whistleblower: Had WikiLeaks existed, 9/11, Iraq war ‘could have been prevented’

By Nathan Diebenow
Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Rawstory.com

A Time Magazine ‘Person of the Year’ argues WikiLeaks serves the public good

A member of a group of former intelligence professionals that has rallied behind WikiLeaks suggested in a recent interview with Raw Story that the world would be a different and better place had the online secrets outlet come into existence years sooner.

“If there had been a mechanism like Wikileaks, 9/11 could have been prevented,” Coleen Rowley, a former special agent/legal counsel at the FBI’s Minneapolis division, told Raw Story in an exclusive interview.

Rowley and her colleague Bogdan Dzakovic, a special agent for the FAA’s security division, explained this position in an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times in October. However, they admit no claim to the original idea of an established pro-whistle-blower infrastructure. It’s purely the US government’s, she said.

“That’s not even us,” she told Raw Story. “That’s not our personal opinion. We’re really reciting the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission
that attributed the failures of 9/11 to a failure to share information not only inside agencies, not only between agencies, but with the public and the media.”

“People have forgotten that that was the main conclusion of the 9/11 Commission,” Rowley added.

“The 9/11 Commission was based on four other major investigation inquiries,” she continued “One was called the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry. That started in Jan. 2002. It went on for well over a year. Then I testified to the Judiciary Committee, and… Continue reading

Project Censored Editors to Host Morning Radio Program

December 19, 2010
posted at betterbadnews’s blog at 911blogger.com

KPFA listener sponsored free speech radio in Berkeley has announced a significant change to it’s popular drive time public affairs program, the Morning Show. The new format will experiment with a team of rotating hosts to include Project Censored’s Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff, editors of Censored 2011: The 25 Top Censored Stories of 2008-09.

The current edition of The Top 25 Censored Stories includes: Number 14. Increased Tensions with Unresolved 9/11 Issues.

More here.

This is potentially significant because KPFA is part of the Pacifica Radio Network with high power FM stations in NYC, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Houston and Berkeley and affiliates in more than 160 cities.

–Dr. Peter Phillips is professor of sociology at Sonoma State University and President of the Media Freedom Foundation. He is the long-time director of Project Censored, a unique investigative news project that enlists students and faculty from more than thirty colleges and universities to expose media censorship and under-covered stories. Mickey Huff, is associate professor of history at Diablo Valley College and the new director of Project Censored and a Media Freedom Foundation board member.

For more on the ongoing battle to rescue the Pacifica Radio Network from the Democratic Party: http://www.betterbadnews.com/

US Condemns UN Expert for 9/11 Statements

January 26, 2011
Reuters

A UN expert on Palestinian human rights who suggested there was a cover-up
over the September 11 attacks should be fired, US Ambassador to the United Nations
Susan Rice said on Tuesday.

US academic Richard Falk wrote in a blog this month that there had been an
“apparent cover-up” by US authorities over the September 11, 2001
attacks, in which hijackers flew airliners into the World Trade Center in New
York and the Pentagon near Washington, killing more than 3,000 people.

“In my view, Mr. Falk’s latest commentary is so noxious that it
should finally be plain to all that he should no longer continue in his position
on behalf of the UN,” Rice said in a statement.

“I would note that US and many other diplomats walked out in protest
in September 2010 when Iranian President Ahmadinejad made similarly slanderous
remarks before the U.N. General Assembly,” she said, adding that Falk’s
comments were “despicable and deeply offensive.”

Falk, the UN Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on human rights
in the Palestinian territories, wrote in his blog that mainstream media had
refused to accept “well-evidenced doubts about the official version of
the events: an al Qaeda operation with no foreknowledge by government officials.”

In a letter to Ban last Thursday, UN Watch, a Geneva-based advocacy group affiliated
with the American Jewish Committee, called on the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
to “strongly condemn Mr. Falk’s offensive remarks — and …
immediately remove him from his post.”

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Why the Fuss? The Call to Arms against UN Rapporteur Richard Falk for Alluding to Gaps in the 9/11 Official Story

by Elizabeth Woodworth
January 28, 2011
Foreign Policy Journal

A former Princeton international law professor has been condemned by the UN Secretary General and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for alluding to “an apparent cover-up” of the events of September 11th, 2001.

On January 11, 2011, UN Special Envoy to Palestine Richard Falk posted on his personal blog an article entitled “Interrogating the Arizona Killings from a Safe Distance.”[1]

Dr. Falk made a tangential point in his blog-post that governments too often abuse their authority by treating “awkward knowledge as a matter of state secrets”.

href="http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2011/01/28/why-the-fuss-the-call-to-arms-against-un-rapporteur-richard-falk-for-alluding-to-gaps-in-the-911-official-story/" target="_blank">Richard FalkTo illustrate the point, he referred to gaps and contradictions in the official account of the 9/11 attacks, which have been documented in the scholarly works of Dr. David Ray Griffin, a professor emeritus of philosophy of religion and theology.

“What seems most disturbing about the 9/11 controversy is the widespread aversion by government and media to the evidence that suggests, at the very least, the need for an independent investigation that proceeds with no holds barred,” wrote Falk.

On January 20th, executive director Hillel Neuer of UN Watch, a European NGO, called upon UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to condemn the remarks made by Falk, and to fire him, claiming that Falk had “endorsed the conspiracy theory that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were orchestrated by the U.S. government and not Al Qaeda terrorists.” [2]

On January 24th, in a reply to Hillel Neuer, Vijay Nambiar, Ban Ki-moon’s… Continue reading

Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff Ask Activists to Boost Support at KPFA

February 16, 2011
ProjectCensored.org

Dear Friends of Project Censored and KPFA,
Mickey Huff and I have been volunteer hosts on the Thursday Morning Mix show
on KPFA (8:00-9:00 AM) since late December. We have covered some very important
topics including: US Economy and the Collapse of the Dollar, Immigrants Rights,
Racism and White Privilege, Media as Entertainment, and the Crisis in Higher
Education in California.
new support aide community radio We volunteered because KPFA is in a funding crisis and needs to be fully supported.

We believe that there is no topic that should not be covered on KPFA community
free speech radio, especially the most censored news stories that we feature
on our website (www.projectcensored.org) and in our annual yearbook, Censored
2011
.

We will be offering special premiums during our Thursday show this week February
17, and the two weeks following February 24 and March 3. On these shows we will
play segments of speeches from the Understanding Deep Politics Conference in
Santa Cruz last May. These unique nine hour DVDs features, Peter Dale Scot,
Michael Parenti, Dahlia Wasfi, Ellen Brown, David Ray Griffin, Annie Machon
and others. The talks openly discuss the underlying issues of covert power in
the US that had led us into war, conflicts, economic decline, 9/11, election
fraud, torture, renditions, and loss of civil liberties. This entire set of
DVDs will be offer for a pledge of $120 to support KPFA.

In addition, we will be featuring a 54 minute DVD of Richard Gage from Architects
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Live Debate on Building Collapses Scheduled March 6th

Colorado 9/11 Visibility is pleased to announce a live debate addressing the collapse of the three World Trade Center buildings on September 11, 2001.

Sunday afternoon, March 6th, at the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado, Colorado 9/11 Visibility will host a debate between Richard Gage, AIA (American Institute of Architects), and Chris Mohr, Denver investigative journalist and nondenominational minister.

The question: What brought down the three World Trade Center skyscrapers?

Richard Gage, AIA, is a San Francisco Bay Area architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He has been an architect for over 23 years and has worked on most types of building construction, including numerous fire-proofed, steel-framed buildings. His quest for the truth about 9/11 began in 2006, and he subsequently founded Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

Chris Mohr, investigative journalist and advocate of the “natural collapse” theory, is a sincere seeker of the truth who has extensively researched the collapses of the World Trade Center (WTC) buildings, consulted with independent physicists and engineers, and passionately argues that the buildings collapsed due to the plane impacts and fires.

In November 2010 at Denver’s Mercury Cafe, Mohr debated attorney Earl Staelin on the collapse of the twin towers. This debate was unprecedented in its civility and professionalism.

In the upcoming March 6th debate with Richard Gage, the discussion will explore not only the collapse of the twin towers, but also that of 47-story World Trade Center Building 7, which collapsed completely at 5:21 pm… Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Niels Harrit on Discovery of Nano-Thermite in WTC Dust

by Jeremy R. Hammond
March 7, 2011
Foreignpolicyjournal.com

 

Face to Face with Dr. Niels Harrit: “There is no doubt that this building was taken down in a controlled demolition…” from I.C.T.V. Victoria on Vimeo.

Dr. Niels Harrit is a retired associate professor of chemistry at the University of Copenhagen and one among an international team of scientists who published a paper in The Open Chemical Physics Journal on the discovery of nano-thermite
in the dust from the World Trade Center collapses on September 11, 2001. He has recently finished a lecture tour of Canadian universities, where he spoke on the subject.

In this interview on the cable program Face to Face with Jack Etkin, Dr. Harrit discusses this finding and its implications. Dr. Harrit notes that World Trade Center building 7 (WTC 7), a 47-story steel-framed skyscraper that was not hit by one of the planes on 9/11, collapsed symmetrically into its own footprint, and that the official explanation for this is that it was due to fire. However, the finding of nano-thermite in the dust, along with other available evidence, leads inescapably to another conclusion. “There is no doubt that this building was taken down in a controlled demolition,” says Dr. Harrit. “I consider this to be [a] mainstream scientific conclusion. There’s no way around this conclusion. There are so many observations that are only compatible with a controlled demolition.”

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Were the Newburgh 4 Really Out to Blow Up Synagogues? A Defendant Finally Speaks Out

Was David Williams IV a terrorist? Or was he just out to make an easy score by scamming the government’s informant?

By Graham RaymanMarch 2 2011 VillageVoice.com

Image of Newburgh 4 behind bars

On March 24, David Williams IV and three other Newburgh, New York, men face possible life prison sentences for plotting to blow up two synagogues in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and to shoot down military airplanes at Stewart Airport.

The Newburgh 4–ringleader James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams, and Laguerre Payen–were found guilty in a six-week trial based largely on the work of an FBI informant, Shahed Hussain, who posed as a wealthy Pakistani businessman with ties to an overseas terror group as part of an elaborate government sting operation.

The trial showed that Cromitie had made anti-Semitic and anti-American statements, that he concocted attack plans with Hussain, that the four defendants met to view an anti-aircraft missile, and that they planted what they had been told were bombs at two Riverdale synagogues on May 20, 2009.

The evidence, which included secretly taped conversations, painted a picture of four men who wanted to strike a blow for radical Islam. After the verdict, one juror told reporters, “We considered what they did a serious crime.”

Defense lawyers tried unsuccessfully to convince the jury that the government had actually entrapped the four, but none of the defendants testified on their own or gave interviews.

Photographs by J.B. Nicholas, Christopher Sadowski Splash news/News.com From left: James Cromitie, David Williams, Laguerre Payen, and Onta Williams.… Continue reading

Extraordinary Conflict of Interest: Bush Cousin Presides Over Federal Court Case Against Former Bush Administration Officials

Published: Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 7:30 AM ET
CNBC.com

NEW YORK, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Confounding lawyers and legal scholars all over the world, Judge John Walker, first cousin of former President George W. Bush, was one of three judges of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to hear argument Tuesday in Gallop v. Cheney, Rumsfeld and Myers.

The lawsuit was brought by a soldier injured during the attack on the Pentagon and accuses former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard Myers, of conspiring to facilitate the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The attacks killed 3000 Americans, plus many who have died from the toxic clean-up conditions at Ground Zero.

Attorney William Veale, acting for April Gallop, learned of the assignment the usual 5 days before the argument, and filed a motion to disqualify Judge Walker.

There was no prior decision regarding the motion, and when Veale asked about it in court the motion was denied by Judge Winter. Veale then requested a continuance to seek appellate review of the court’s ruling but that was denied as well.

Argument followed but Walker, and fellow judges Cabranes and Winter diverted attention to whether Veale, former Chief Assistant Public Defender, and lecturer in Criminal Trial Practice at the University of California, Boalt Hall, was properly licensed to practice before the court.

The Tuesday appeal followed a ruling by then District Court Judge Denny Chin, dismissing… Continue reading