Dr. Falk’s article that originally kicked off this matter:
by Richard Falk
January 13, 2011
Foreign Policy Journal
…The arguments swirling around the 9/11 attacks are emblematic of these issues.
What fuels suspicions of conspiracy is the reluctance to address the sort of
awkward gaps and contradictions in the official explanations that David Ray
Griffin (and other devoted scholars of high integrity) have been documenting
in book after book ever since 2001. What may be more distressing than the apparent
cover up is the eerie silence of the mainstream media, unwilling to acknowledge
the well-evidenced doubts about the official version of the events: an al Qaeda
operation with no foreknowledge by government officials. Is this silence a manifestation
of fear or cooption, or part of an equally disturbing filter of self-censorship?
Whatever it is, the result is the withering away of a participatory citizenry
and the erosion of legitimate constitutional government. The forms persist,
but the content is missing. …
By David Edwards
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
The Senate passed a bill by unanimous consent Wednesday that will provide health care benefits to first responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Original report follows…
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) earned himself a visit from some 9/11 first responders after he threatened to block a bill that would provide them health benefits.
A group of former Ground Zero workers visited the senator’s office Tuesday to give him a piece of their mind but Coburn refused the meeting.
“Mr. Coburn should be ashamed of himself,” John Feal, the leader of the group, told Think Progress. “Because I think before he was a senator he was a doctor and he took an oath to help people that are sick. He’s going against his oath as a doctor. He can vote any way he wants as a senator, but as a doctor, he just embarrassed the medical profession.”
“What about going office to office? Have their staff and the senators been very receptive to the group?” Think Progress asked.
“Once in a while we’ll run into some resistance and some arrogance and some rude people. Listen, we busted our asses since 9/11. We’ve fought and advocated for ourselves so others wouldn’t. So to be insulted by the staff of the United States Senate and Congress — most of them were 12 years old when 9/11 happened — doesn’t bother me,” Feal said.
All but one of the 42 Republican senators… Continue reading
By Nathan Diebenow
Thursday, December 9th, 2010
A Time Magazine ‘Person of the Year’ argues WikiLeaks serves the public good
Exclusive: Key FBI whistleblower: Had WikiLeaks existed, 9/11, Iraq war could
have been prevented
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
“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,”
“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… Continue reading
November 11, 2010
by Frances Shure
Colorado Democrats Call for New 9/11 Investigation: An Insider Tells Us How They Did It
It’s true! The Democratic Platform for the state of Colorado is the first major party in the US to adopt a resolution for a new investigation into the official story of the events surrounding 9/11.
It started in 2004 when I, a complete novice in political processes, decided to participate in my precinct caucus in order to try to make a difference here in Colorado.1 The night before, I learned that the caucus is also a time to bring policy resolutions for consideration. Hurriedly, I wrote a resolution for a new, independent investigation into 9/11, figuring that here is an opportunity, at least, to educate a few more people. To my surprise, my precinct caucus neighbors voted for it!
The next step was to get it passed at the county level: the Denver County Assembly and Convention. To do this, I needed to get 10% of the attendees to sign a petition — another chance to educate more people! I needed 200 signatures, which I managed to get with the spontaneous help of a couple of other 9/11 truth activists. Now I could present this resolution to the Assembly, at the end of a long hard day, which wound up being attended by about 100 of the most serious participants.
Managing to transcend my considerable stage fright, and fearing I might be tarred and feathered, I read the… Continue reading
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
October 1, 2010
By Michael Calderone
Publishers know that controversy fuels book sales. Apparently, so does burning
The Pentagon has only helped build buzz around "Operation Dark Heart,"
a firsthand account of special operations in Afghanistan, by burning 9,500 copies
— nearly all the first run. (Some review copies, released before publication,
have filtered out and sold for more than $2,000 on eBay, according to Time magazine.)
Destroying books isn’t an everyday occurrence. In fact, the Pentagon says it
has never destroyed copies of a book before. But in this case, the Pentagon
contends that Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s work includes classified information
that shouldn’t have been published and therefore it was the only option.
On Sept. 24, four days after the burning, publisher St. Martin’s Press printed
50,000 copies of the book with supposedly classified information now blacked
out. Even with redactions, the second run — five times larger than the first
— is selling well. Time magazine noted that "Operation Dark Heart"
hit No. 1 on Amazon’s biography list and No. 2 on Barnes & Noble’s political
The Pentagon may have succeeded in keeping thousands of unredacted copies from
hitting the shelves, but it cannot be certain that the book’s contents won’t
ever reach readers. In the digital age, it’s nearly impossible to completely
destroy anything. WikiLeaks, the secretive whistleblower site, called the Pentagon
"Nazi punks" for burning the books and has already threatened to post
an unredacted copy on the Internet.… Continue reading
You will notice I am once again updating the website – finally! I apologize for the interruption and appreciate your patience. On July 30 my hard drive crashed, taking with it several years worth of the files, emails, addresses, software, calendar and other assorted information needed to manage this site. Hence, we’ve been in limbo since then. Unfortunately, my backup drive had crashed some time ago and I’d not yet replaced it so I’m having to refuse to go into panic mode thinking about everything that’s lost on that drive, and am looking for a reliable data recovery company to salvage our frozen history. (Yes, recommendations welcome! janice [at] 911truth.org, please) and the money to pay for that expensive procedure. Fortunately, a true friend loaned me the money for a new laptop, so we are back!
If any of you are awaiting my response to your email sent during July, it’s not forthcoming! Please resend and understand I’m really not rude – just temporarily lost! And at the risk of proselytizing, I will take a moment to strongly recommend you go RIGHT NOW and get a backup drive if you don’t already have one … Until I lost access to this stuff, I really had no idea how frustrating the simplest things can be or how much I relied on this technology to manage life!
Again, thanks to everyone for your patience and continued readership and support. This week I will try to post the most important 9/11-related… Continue reading
From Voters for Peace
July 22, 2010
We’ll be offering live and recorded video coverage of the National Conference
to Bring the Troops Home Now! taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown
Albany this weekend (7/23-7/25).
The conference will bring together antiwar and social justice activists from
across the country to consider what can be done to end the U.S. wars, occupations,
bombing attacks, threats and interventions that are taking place in the Middle
East and beyond. See where the antiwar movement is today and where it is headed!
Our audio and video coverage starts Friday evening at 7 PM with the opening
panel called "Strategies and Tactics in the Struggle to End the Empire’s
Wars and Occupations," featuring Medea Benjamin (CODE PINK), Glen Ford
(Black Agenda Report), Teresa Gutierrez (International Action Center), Kathy
Kelly (Creative Voices for Nonviolence), Kevin Martin (Peace Action), David
Swanson (WarIsACrime.org), Deborah Sweet (World Can’t Wait) and more.
Check our webcast schedule for a full listing. We’re excited to expand into
the realm of live remote coverage of local events, and hope you can join us.
Feel free to contact us with any questions! info [at] mediasanctuary.org
To register for the conference, please go to www.nationalpeaceconference.org
More on the conference:
In these troubled times, Washington’s wars and occupations rage, resulting
in an ever increasing number of dead and wounded and the destruction of countries
posing no threat to the U.S. Trillions are spent on seemingly endless conflicts
in pursuit of profits and global… Continue reading
Story by John Bursill
July 19, 2010
On Saturday the 17th of July Professor Niels Harrit of the University of Copenhagen
in Denmark gave a lecture called “Did Explosives Bring Down the Towers on 9/11?” to a capacity crowd of concerned citizens. This Sydney audience was generated purely from fliers handed out by diligent activists and one radio
Although a handful of independent journalists did attend and a small press
conference was held, not one Australian mainstream media outlet was represented.
It is now more clear than ever that a culture of silence surrounds the science
of 9/11 which proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the Twin Towers and Building
7 were brought down using explosives and incendiary devices.
The Australian 9/11 Truth Movement would like to thank all that made this event
possible and their generous donations which for the first time actually covered
the costs! A special thanks must also go to the Sydney WeAreChange chapter who
acted as the arms and legs to get this show on the road!
Besides being a man of great knowledge, Niels Harrit is an absolute gem of
a man who works hard for the 9/11 cause. Dr Harrit has given in excess of
100 lectures to the public, both in Denmark and abroad. He is a modern day scientific
hero in a world of intellectual cowards and self serving academics.
International relationships within the 9/11 Truth Movement continue to build
by these events, strengthening all our resolves to pursue… Continue reading
They tried and tried to put the glove on, but it just didn’t fit. I kid, I kid.
On March 20th 2010, I was arrested for crossing a police line. Today, I was acquitted for the crime, along with Cindy Sheehan, and Jim Veeder. Sadly, Matthis Chiroux, Elaine Brower, and Lafloria Walsh were found guilty of failing to obey.
This was my first arrest and trial so all of this was new to me. Before the trial began, our lawyers and the prosecutor tried to work things out so there wouldn’t be a trial. The prosecutor offered a “pay and forfeit” without any conviction, and all of us declined. We stood our ground, and wanted the chance to clear our names. We felt strongly that our arrests were unjust, and wanted our day in court.
Cindy told me a couple of times before the trial that it was going to be boring, and it was. The only “excitement” came when Elaine, Laflora, and Cindy were allowed to testify. Everyone did great. When Casey was brought up, Cindy started to cry. I leaned over to Ann Wilcox (one of our attorneys, Mark Goldstone was the other), and said I want to testify. I wanted to come to the aid of Cindy because I was angry that she was made to cry, and the thought, “WTF?!? Hasn’t she been through enough already?” went through my mind. I was told that my testifying wouldn’t do any good, so I… Continue reading
June 10, 2010
By Michael Doyle
WASHINGTON — A federal judge has forcefully put Yemeni citizen Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Odaini on the path to freedom after eight years of incarceration at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
In a 36-page opinion formally released Thursday, U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. called Odaini’s continued detention “unlawful” and said he’d “emphatically” grant Odaini’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus.
The ruling issued secretly last month but published Thursday sets the 26-year-old Odaini up for potential release, though when and where he’ll go remains unclear. The ruling also represents the latest defeat for U.S. officials in their efforts to keep Guantánamo detainees behind bars.
“(U.S.) officials kept a young man from Yemen in detention in Cuba from age eighteen to age twenty-six,” Kennedy wrote. “They have prevented him from seeing his family and denied him the opportunity to complete his studies and embark on a career.”
Pointedly, Kennedy added that “the evidence before the court shows that holding Odaini in custody at such great cost to him has done nothing to make the United States more secure.”
Kennedy’s ruling brings to 36 the number of Guantánamo Bay detainees who have successfully challenged their detentions through U.S. court proceedings. Over the Bush administration’s objections, a divided Supreme Court two years granted the Guantánamo detainees the right to file habeas corpus challenges.
In a decision striking both for its extensive redactions and its occasionally passionate language, Kennedy noted that Odaini’s story has remained consistent… Continue reading
by Philip Shenon
June 10, 2010
The Daily Beast – Blogs & Stories
Anxious that Wikileaks may be on the verge of publishing a batch of secret
State Department cables, investigators are desperately searching for founder
Julian Assange. Philip Shenon reports. Plus, Daniel
Ellsberg tells The Daily Beast: "Assange is in Some Danger."
(This story has been updated to reflect new developments on Assange’s whereabouts,
including the cancelation of a scheduled appearance in Las Vegas.)
Pentagon investigators are trying to determine the whereabouts of the Australian-born
founder of the secretive website Wikileaks for fear that he may be about to
publish a huge cache of classified State Department cables that, if made public,
could do serious damage to national security, government officials tell The
The officials acknowledge that even if they found the website founder, Julian
Assange, it is not clear what they could do to block publication of the cables
on Wikileaks, which is nominally based on a server in Sweden and bills itself
as a champion of whistleblowers.
“We’d like to know where he is; we’d like his cooperation
in this,” one U.S. official said of Assange.
American officials said Pentagon investigators are convinced that Assange is
in possession of at least some classified State Department cables leaked by
a 22-year-old Army intelligence specialist, Bradley Manning of Potomac, Maryland,
who is now in custody in Kuwait.
And given the contents of the cables, the feds have good reason to be concerned.
As The Daily… Continue reading
June 9, 2010 Update
from Cindy Sheehan
On the 7th anniversary of the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq, eight people were arrested in front of the White House protesting the continuing crimes-you know that place! It’s a big White House-as a matter of fact it’s a HUGE White House in the middle of a park-like estate where heavily armed thugs protecting war criminals roam. It’s okay to stop and gawk and take pictures if you are decked out in Hawaiian shirts or sundresses, but exercising fundamental rights to free speech or to peaceable assemble is not.
On March 20th, about 8000 people attended a permitted and almost lethargically tame protest in Lafayette Park, which is next to the HUGE White House. Then there was a march around in circles that landed the protest right back in front of the White House. Four people decided to lie down on the sidewalk in protest (four out of 8000), and four of us decided to cross the police line (a metal barrier on the sidewalk between the street and the high iron-barred, sniper guarded fence that surrounds the HUGE White House), to try and join the measly four that were lying there begging people to join them.
I was one of the ones arrested for crossing the police line. I did not push the barrier down, but when it fell, I crossed-I was immediately body slammed and arrested. That was at approximately 2:44pm. An amended police report misleadingly lied and said that I was given three warnings to leave-I was not and subsequent evidence shows that the warnings to disperse over the bullhorn didn’t even begin until after I had been arrested.…Continue reading
Sunday, June 6, 2010 – Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark will be speaking
at the University of Calgary. For more information see (http://canadiandimension.com/articles/3054/)
Clark will speak about his relationship to Splitting the Sky, the man who attempted
a citizens’ arrest on George W. Bush in March 2009. Splitting the Sky was Ramsey
Clark’s client in the 1970s after his involvement in the Attica Prison debacle.
Splitting the Sky will go to court on Monday, June 7th to hear the judge’s verdict
in this historic case.
4PM – 6PM (MOUNTAIN TIME) [11PM-1AM GMT]
Web Exclusive: Canadian Man Could Be Sentenced to Two Years in
Prison for Implementing the Law
May 31, 2010
“George Bush hasn’t suffered at all over the monumental suffering, death,
and horror he has caused . . . no matter how many American soldiers have died
on a given day in Iraq (averaging well over two every day), he is always seen
with a big smile on his face that same or next day.” Vincent Bugliosi, The
Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, 2008 (1)
Ramsey Clark will arrive in the Canadian oil-patch city of Calgary, Alberta,
Canada, this coming June 6th and 7th, mounting pressure on Judge Manfred Delong,
who is presiding over the sentencing process in an epochal trial which some
have dubbed”The trial of Splitting the Sky versus George W. Bush.” Splitting
the Sky (STS) on the advice of legal experts Ramsey Clark, Gale Davidson and
(AFP) — May 21, 2010
LONDON — Inquests into the deaths of 56 people in London’s July 2005
suicide bombings will probe alleged failings by police and MI5 intelligence
before the attacks, the coroner conducting the hearings said Friday.
Judge Heather Hallett also ruled that inquests into four suicide bombers will
be held separately from those of the 52 victims, a relief to families who had
protested plans to hold the inquests together.
The suicide bombers set off near-simultaneous explosions on three London Underground
trains and a double-decker bus on the morning of July 7, 2005, in what has become
known as 7/7, nearly four years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
Hallett, giving details of arrangements for the inquests due to start in October,
said they would probe what police and MI5 officers knew ahead of the shock attacks.
"The scope of the inquest into the 52 deaths will include the alleged
intelligence failings and the immediate aftermath of the bombings," she
"To my mind it is not too remote to investigate what was known in the
year or two before the alleged bombings. Plots of this kind are not developed
overnight," she added.
Janine Mitchell, whose husband Paul survived the King’s Cross explosion, welcomed
the decision to probe MI5′s role.
"We have been very concerned that there were serious failings and it seems
that this is the case… We are relieved that someone independent of Government
is going to examine what happened.
"We put… Continue reading
May 19, 2010
The U.S. government suppressed health information after 9/11. For
example, as Newsday noted
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center,
the White House instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to give the
public misleading information, telling New Yorkers it was safe to breathe
when reliable information on air quality was not available.
That finding is included in a report released Friday by the Office of the
Inspector General of the EPA.
The same thing appears to be happening in connection with the Gulf oil spill.
Specifically, marine toxicologist Ricki Ott writes:
Local fishermen hired to work on BP’s uncontrolled oil leak in the Gulf
of Mexico are scared and confused. Fishermen here and in other small communities
dotting the southern marshes and swamplands of Barataria Bay are getting sick
from the working on the cleanup, yet BP is assuring them they don’t need respirators
or other special protection from the crude oil, strong hydrocarbon vapors,
or chemical dispersants being sprayed in massive quantities on the oil slick.
Fishermen have never seen the results from the air-quality monitoring patches…
some of them wear on their rain gear when they are out booming and skimming
the giant oil slick. However, more and more fishermen are suffering from bad
headaches, burning eyes, persistent coughs, sore throats, stuffy sinuses,
nausea, and dizziness.
April 5, 2010
The death of a whistle-blower who said the UK government had “sexed up” a dossier
on Saddam Hussein’s military capabilities in order to sell the Iraq war has
been one of the most intriguing and confusing elements of the war’s history.
Now the UK’s Conservative Party is signaling that it plans to reopen the inquiry into the death of Dr. David Kelly if it wins the next election. The move could potentially harm the ruling Labour Party, which championed the Iraq war effort and is now trailing in the polls for this spring’s election.
On Sunday, Dominic Grieve, the Conservative Party’s “shadow” justice minister, said members of the public “have not been reassured” that Kelly’s death was a suicide, and if his government wins the election, he would want to reopen the case, href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1263411/Shadow-Justice-Secretary-backs-inquiry-death-weapons-inspector-Dr-David-Kelly.html" target="_blank">reports the UK’s Daily Mail.
Kelly, a weapons expert with Britain’s Ministry of Defence, was found dead in a forest near his home in Oxfordshire in 2003, shortly after he gave an interview to the BBC in which he said that the British government was lying about its claim that Saddam Hussein could launch biological and chemical weapons within 45 minutes of giving the order.
Kelly’s death sparked suspicions that he may have been killed for undermining
the government of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair as the British leader stood
with US President George W. Bush in pushing for an invasion of Iraq.
A former British ambassador quoted Kelly as having… Continue reading
A 50-year mystery over the ‘cursed bread’ of Pont-Saint-Esprit, which
left residents suffering hallucinations, has been solved after a writer discovered
the US had spiked the bread with LSD as part of an experiment.
Henry Samuel in Paris
11 March 2010
French bread spiked with LSD in CIA experiment
An American investigative journalist has uncovered evidence suggesting the CIA
peppered local food with the hallucinogenic drug LSD
In 1951, a quiet, picturesque village in southern France was suddenly and mysteriously
struck down with mass insanity and hallucinations. At least five people died,
dozens were interned in asylums and hundreds afflicted.
For decades it was assumed that the local bread had been unwittingly poisoned
with a psychedelic mould. Now, however, an American investigative journalist
has uncovered evidence suggesting the CIA peppered local food with the hallucinogenic
drug LSD as part of a mind control experiment at the height of the Cold War.
The mystery of Le Pain Maudit (Cursed Bread) still haunts the inhabitants of
Pont-Saint-Esprit, in the Gard, southeast France.
On August 16, 1951, the inhabitants were suddenly racked with frightful hallucinations
of terrifying beasts and fire.
One man tried to drown himself, screaming that his belly was being eaten by
snakes. An 11-year-old tried to strangle his grandmother. Another man shouted:
"I am a plane", before jumping out of a second-floor window, breaking
his legs. He then got up and carried on for 50 yards. Another saw his heart
escaping through his feet and begged a doctor to… Continue reading