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Action Alert–Griffin Challenges NYTimes to Cover 9/11

Adapted from: georgewashington.blogspot.

Dear 9/11 Truth Activists,

The New York Times is under fire for letting Judith Miller work as a member of the White House Iraq Group to spread disinformation, and then covering up Miller’s role and refusing to fire her. It has become obvious to fair-minded observers that the Times has been part of the Iraq disinformation campaign.

NOW is the time to contact the Times, to urge i’s management to “step up to the plate” on 9/11 as part of its need to “repair its reputation” after the Miller scandal.

Please copy the letter below or write your own (please remain respectful) and fax it to the Times, so that the Libby Indictment does not bury Dr. Griffin’s challenge in people’s minds. Please also email the letter to public@nytimes.com.

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Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Publisher

Janet L. Robinson, CEO

Leonard P. Forman, CFO

Scott Heekin-Canedy, President

Bill Keller, Executive Editor

Jill Abramson, Managing Editor

John M. Geddes, Managing Editor

RW Apple, Chief Correspondent

Bernard Gwertzman, Editor (Times on Web)

Carl Lavin, News Editor

Gustave Niebuhr, Religion Reporter

Ray Bonner, Investigative Correspondent

Byron Calame, Public Editor

Laura Chang, Science Editor

The New York Times

229 West 43rd St.

New York, NY 10036-3959

FACSIMILE: (212) 556-7614

RE: Judith Miller and 9/11

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Times,

As the nation?s leading paper, the New York Times has the resources and talent to investigate stories of significance. On 10/21/05, Executive Editor Bill Keller stated that the Jayson… Continue reading

Theologian Says Controlled Demolition of WTC Is Now a Fact, Not a Theory

On Oct. 15th and 16th, New Yorkers filled two venues to hear the prominent theologian and author of two books on 9/11 give a presentation entitled “The Destruction of the Trade Towers: A Christian Theologian Speaks Out.” Dr. Griffin has continued to blaze a trail of courage, leading where most media and elected officials have feared to tread. His presentation went straight to the core of one of the most powerful indictments of the official story, the collapse of the towers and WTC 7.

Dr. Griffin included excerpts from the firemen’s tapes which were recently released as a result of a prolonged court battle led by victim’s families represented by attorney Norman Siegel and reported in the NY Times. He also included statements by many witnesses. These sources gave ample testimony giving evidence of explosions going off in the buildings. A 12 minute film was shown for the audiences, who saw for themselves the undeniable evidence for controlled demolition.

Dr. Griffin listed ten characteristics of the collapses which all indicate that the buildings did not fall due to being struck by planes or the ensuing fires. He explained the buildings fell suddenly without any indication of collapse. They fell straight down, into or at least close to their own footprints (rather than falling over), and at virtually free-fall speed, meeting virtually no resistance as they fell–a physical impossibility unless all vertical support was being progressively removed by explosives severing the core columns. The towers were built to withstand the impact… Continue reading

Weldon Calls for Criminal Investigation

Thank you to www.abledangerblog.com for pointing out the link to video of today’s press conference:
C-Span Video

(Realplayer is required.)

We have transcribed a brief portion of those comments, which follow:

Thanks for coming out today. Reluctantly, I stand to provide further info on the Able Danger situation.

When I first started this effort back in June, when the full Able Danger story came to my attention, I said it could be anything from gross incompentence to a coverup bigger than Watergate.

I, today, will tell you after months of looking at this issue that there is a coverup that’s taken place and continues to take place, and therefore I am asking for a criminal investigation as of this date.

I just finished an hour and a half meeting with the Inspector General at the Department of Defense; four employees went into extensive briefings and they advised me there had been two other requests, besides mine, of their office, including a request from the Senate and the other a request from the House.

So there are three separate requests for an Inspector General investigation specifically on Able Danger, and the deliberate persecution, intimidation and the ruining of Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer’s career. It is absolutely outrageous what’s occurred, because an Army Lt Col, a Bronze Star recipient, has been punished and had his career ruined for telling the truth.

The handling of Tony by the Defense Intelligence Agency is an abomination. The Agency needs to be held accountable. They… Continue reading

Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s Congressional Hearing July ’05

I want to start off on my discussion about the FAA and NORAD on the day of 9/11 with a quote from Senator Mark Dayton. Last year he read the 9/11 Commission report and was quite outraged, let me tell what he had to say, NORAD and the FAA have covered up “catastrophic failures” that left the nation vulnerable during the 9/11 hijacking “for almost three years now, NORAD officials and FAA officials have been able to hide their critical failures that left this country defenseless, during two of our worst hours in history. NORAD officials lied to the American people, they lied to congress, and they lied to your 9/11 Commission to create a false impression of competence, communication and protection of the American people.”

He calls NORAD and FAA’s failures “the most gross incompetence, dereliction of responsibility and negligence in those extreme circumstances, that I’ve witnessed in the public sector.”

Now, what exactly is he talking about? What are these failures that were so grave? Let me just start real briefly in mentioning what was happening before 9/11, what the standard procedure was? NORAD, (if you don’t know that’s the military organization that defends the skies over the U.S.), and the FAA, they had established standard procedures for air traffic controllers to contact NORAD whenever civilian aircraft strayed from their pre-arranged flight course, or when they lost contact with air traffic control.

When NORAD was contacted, they would typically send a fighter up to intercept the plane and… Continue reading

Magical Realism: 9/11 Survivor Detects Sleight of Hand

When William Rodriguez was a young man, the Amazing Randi hired him as an assistant–but not for help with his magic act. Randi enlisted Roudy, the aspiring magician’s stage name in his native Puerto Rico, in his cause: exposing faith healers and psychics. Rodriguez, as Benjamin Smith explained in a New York Sun article, proved adroit at insinuating himself into the good graces of Randi’s targets and eliciting incriminating information.

Two decades later Rodriguez’s life has come full circle and once again he’s taken on the task of unmasking what he sees as the truth behind a spectacle. This time it’s the grand opera that was 9/11–along with its libretto, the 9/11 Commission Report. Yes, Rodriguez is among the legions that question its conclusions. But before attempting to transform himself into a truthteller, Rodriguez had established his credentials with a fearsome display of physical courage.

A custodian at the World Trade Center, Rodriguez shepherded a number of those who worked there out of the basement. Also, accompanying firefighters up the stairs, he unlocked doors for the firefighters until they turned him back. He may, in fact, have been the last man out of the North Tower.

However, not content to bask in his 9/11 hero status, he had to go and muddle matters by morphing into a gadfly. Still, whether in spite of or because of the twin sets of tracks on which his courage travels, Rodriguez stands poised to break out in 2006.

An eloquent man with an outsized… Continue reading

Updated Paper From Professor Steven E. Jones

“There Is A Major Probability Of A Terrorist Incident Within The Next Three Months”

CNN

7/21/2001

Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Richard Shelby, both members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, appear on CNN’s “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer”, and warn of potential attacks by Osama bin Laden. “One of the things that has begun to concern me very much as to whether we really have our house in order, intelligence staff have told me that there is a major probability of a terrorist incident within the next three months,” Feinstein said.

And what has the White House said regarding intelligence about Iraq?

That members of the House and Senate “had access to the same intelligence“.

Doesn’t that work both ways? If Senators Feinstein and Shelby were aware of an impending “terrorist incident” prior to 9/11, doesn’t that mean the President should have known? Doesn’t the President have “access to the same intelligence”? Granted, they didn’t have access to the same intelligence prior to the war. The September 21st, PDB for one. However, the Senators were aware something was going to happen. A couple of weeks before the infamous August 6th, PDB.

If the President “has access to the same intelligence”, that means he was aware of the threat of an impending “terrorist incident” prior to August 6th, 2001. That means the August 6th, PDB, in and of itself, was just one of many warnings.

Another warning was given to John Ashcroft that prompted him to no longer fly commercial aircraft.

Another warning was given to “top Pentagon brass… Continue reading

Distinguished McKnight University Professor Supports 9/11 Truth

University of Minnesota Duluth


As an expression of support for those who are attempting to expose the truth about the events of 9/11 for the benefit of the American people, I am posting the penultimate version of a chapter I have submitted to David Ray Griffin and Peter Dale Scott for publication in their volume, 9/11 AND THE AMERICAN EMPIRE (forthcoming). I stand with Steve Jones, Professor of Physics at Brigham Young, David Ray Griffin, Professor Emeritus of Theology at Claremont, and other students and scholars of 9/11, who believe that extraordinary times require extraordinary measures. Further discussion may be found at NIST’s Evasion.


James H. Fetzer



James H. Fetzer was born in Pasadena, California, on 6 December 1940. At graduation from South Pasadena High School in 1958, he was presented The Carver Award. He was magna cum laude in philosophy at Princeton University in 1962, where his senior thesis for Carl G. Hempel on the logical structure of explanations of human behavior won The Dickinson Prize. After being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, he became an artillery officer and served in the Far East. After a tour supervising recruit training in San Diego, he resigned his commission as a Captain to begin graduate work in the history and philosophy of science at Indiana in 1966. He completed his Ph.D. with a dissertation on probability and explanation for Wesley C. Salmon in 1970.


His initial faculty appointment was at the University of Kentucky, where he received the… Continue reading

Judge in Scooter Libby, Sibel Edmonds cases is redacted in action

Dec. 17, 2005:

By Bill Conroy
(Published originally on Sat Dec 17th, 2005 at 06:14:22 PM EST at
narcosphere.narconews.com

What do two of the biggest national-security news stories of the century — the Valerie Plame leak scandal and the legal case of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds — have in common?

They both are being presided over by the same federal judge in the District of Colombia, Reggie Walton, a Bush appointee to the federal court and a man who appears to have a few well-kept secrets of his own.

All federal judges are required under ethics rules to file what is known as “financial disclosure reports.”

The disclosure statement filed by Walton, which was obtained through the dogged efforts of a conservative watchdog group called Judicial Watch, is curious in what it does not reveal. Remember, this judge is arguably handling two of the most sensitive and potentially far-reaching challenges to the free press and the public’s right to know of our times.

In the Plamegate case, a top White House aid, Scooter Libby, has already been indicted and additional indictments may be forthcoming (Karl Rove?). In addition, a bevy of insider journalists in the media-center establishment have been subpoenaed to testify in the case, and one, New York Times reporter Judith Miller, has already done jail time for her initial refusal to identify her sources on the story.

Edmonds was fired from her job as an FBI translator after blowing the whistle on alleged espionage being carried out… Continue reading

Bush Impeachment Poll on MSNBC

Posted 12/31/05 at MSNBC.com.

Do you believe President Bush’s actions justify impeachment? * 183943 responses

Yes, between the secret spying, the deceptions leading to war and more, there is plenty to justify putting him on trial. 86%

No, like any president, he has made a few missteps, but nothing approaching “high crimes and misdemeanors.” 5%

No, the man has done absolutely nothing wrong. Impeachment would just be a political lynching. 8%

I don’t know. 2%

Not a scientifically valid survey. Click to learn more.
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Spying, the Constitution ? and the ?I-word?

2006 will offer up Nixon-era nastiness and a chorus of calls to impeach Bush

By Howard Fineman

MSNBC contributor

Updated: 4:01 p.m. ET Dec. 21, 2005

WASHINGTON – In the first weeks and months after 9/11, I am told by a very good source, there was a lot of wishing out loud in the White House Situation Room about expanding the National Security Agency?s ability to instantly monitor phone calls and e-mails between American callers and possible terror suspects abroad. ?We talked a lot about how useful that would be,? said this source, who was ?in the room? in the critical period after the attacks.

Well, as the world now knows, the NSA ? at the prompting of Vice President Cheney and on official (secret) orders from President Bush ? was doing just that. And yet, as I understand it, many of the people in the White House?s own Situation Room ? including… Continue reading

Sibel Edmonds Calls for National Security Officials to Step Forward as Whistleblowers

Source: Brad Blog

12/29/2005

In her first BRAD BLOG Guest Editorial, the ‘Gag Ordered’ FBI Translator Cites ‘Patriotic Duty’ of America’s Intelligence Officials to Make Themselves Available for Congressional Testimony, Oversight Appeals to them to contact her newly formed ‘National Security Whistleblowers Coalition’

Without whistleblowers the public would never know of the many abuses of constitutional rights by the government. Whistleblowers, Truth Tellers, are responsible for the disclosure that President George W. Bush ordered unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens. These constitutional lifeguards take their patriotic oaths to heart and soul: Rather than complying with classification and secrecy orders designed to protect officials engaging in criminal conduct, whistleblowers chose to risk their livelihoods and the wrath of their agencies to get the truth out. But will they be listened to by those who are charged with accountability?

The Whistleblowers Law of Congressional Hearings holds that the higher ranking the official who testifies the less the likelihood that the truth will be revealed. With this in mind, it is impossible to proceed to the viscera of what happened to whom and when without asking those who are charged with putting policy decisions into the actual stream of practice. High officials have perverse incentives to hide what is done in their orders by the employees below them. It is indispensable that Congress reach deep inside the National Security Agency and other agencies, seeking out employees at the operational level to determine how the President’s illegal order was carried into action. To assure that this occurs, we need for people with information from the agencies involved to come forward and ask to be interviewed by Congress.…

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Green Party Calls For Bush Impeachment

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Contacts:

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, mclarty@greens.org

Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@greens.org

Congress must impeach Bush and Cheney, say Greens, citing White House lawlessness, growing threat to U.S. democracy, and war crimes.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Citing a litany of alleged high crimes and misdemeanors, abuses of power, and violations of the U.S. Constitution, Green Party leaders urged Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney as soon as possible.

“The evidence that President Bush has abused his office and betrayed the trust of the American people is now so overwhelming that failure to undertake impeachment would make Congress even more complicit in this administration’s lawlessness,” said Nan Garrett, Georgia Green Party co-chair and spokesperson for the National Women’s Caucus. “Three more years of Bush and Cheney will do lasting damage to the rule of law and result in even more death and destruction under Bush’s reckless policies.”

“The Bush Administration blocked an independent probe into 9/11 while making fraudulent statements about the reasons for invading Iraq, and now admits that it spies on American citizens in disregard of legal limits. What more does Congress need before it says enough is enough?” Ms. Garrett added.

The Green Party of the United States called for Congress to commence impeachment of President Bush in July, 2003, after he ordered the invasion of Iraq. The resolution accused the President of numerous deceptions to justify the invasion, as… Continue reading

2006 Fundraising Kickoff

Happy New Year!

With 2006 right around the corner, the 911Truth.org Steering Committee is planning 2006 projects, and determining the required budget. To make these specific goals happen, and to continue to build participation in the 9/11 Truth Movement, we need funds. 911Truth.org receives no institutional, grant, governmental, or corporate funding. We are supported strictly by donations from you, our readers. A copy of the email we sent recently, complete with a list of 2006 projects, follows.’, ‘

Let’s get busy! 2006 is nearly here, and 911Truth.org is organizing several very important efforts for this new year. In just the past few weeks, even the corporate news has finally begun to show the ugly underbelly of the Bush Administration–more people than ever are finally recognizing the truly devious and deceptive nature of this regime, and the disastrous intentions behind their actions. It is critical that these newly awakened Americans come to understand that 9/11 was the linchpin on which the rest of this outrage turns.

That’s where we can find hope in this otherwise bleak turning of the calendar. Since 2003, 911Truth.org has worked tirelessly to bring you well-vetted, accurate information about the true events of 9/11, historical precedents, ever-widening consequences impacting each of our lives, and to provide opportunities to make your voice heard in demanding truth and justice. Growing readership numbers proves to us that you appreciate this information. Now, more than ever before, we need your participation, and your financial help.

With your help, 911Truth.org… Continue reading

A Criminal Administration

by Paul Craig Roberts

January 2, 2006

Caught in gratuitous and illegal spying on American citizens, the Bush administration has defended its illegal activity and set the Justice (sic) Department on the trail of the person or persons who informed the New York Times of Bush?s violation of law. Note the astounding paradox: The Bush administration is caught red-handed in blatant illegality and responds by trying to arrest the patriot who exposed the administration?s illegal behavior.

Bush has actually declared it treasonous to reveal his illegal behavior! His propagandists, who masquerade as news organizations, have taken up the line: To reveal wrong-doing by the Bush administration is to give aid and comfort to the enemy.

Compared to Spygate, Watergate was a kindergarden picnic. The Bush administration?s lies, felonies, and illegalities have revealed it to be a criminal administration with a police state mentality and police state methods. Now Bush and his attorney general have gone the final step and declared Bush to be above the law. Bush aggressively mimics Hitler?s claim that defense of the realm entitles him to ignore the rule of law.

Bush?s acts of illegal domestic spying are gratuitous because there are no valid reasons for Bush to illegally spy. The Foreign Intelligence Services Act (FISA) gives Bush all the power he needs to spy on terrorist suspects. All the administration is required to do is to apply to a secret FISA court for warrants. The Act permits the administration to spy first and then apply for… Continue reading

Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes Upcoming Event

To read more about the long-term and environmental health effects of 9/11, read A Fallen Hero

Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes, Inc, join with Suffolk County Legislator William J. Lindsay in presenting A Conference Dedicated Toward Identifying Issues And Developing Solutions To Problems Still Faced By The Unsung Heroes of The 9-11-01 Attacks

THE FORGOTTEN VICTIMS OF 9-11: RESPONDERS, CLEAN-UP, RESCUE AND RECOVERY WORKERS

Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization co-founded by responders, rescue and recovery workers of the 9-11 tragedy. Members have first-hand knowledge of the impact to health and emotional well-being resulting from their heroic response to this national disaster. The conference will focus on the social, medical, economic and legal ramifications still faced by responders, rescue and recovery workers. Panel discussions will be interactive, providing ample time for questions and open discussion. Individual access to physicians, social workers, attorneys and clinicians, familiar with the health problems and legal consequences of medical impairments resulting from work at Ground Zero, will be available throughout the day. Lung function testing will also be available.

Registration is free but space is limited so please pre-register. You can register by phone at The Long Island Occupational and Environmental Health Center: #631-642-9100 ext 15

Conference Agenda
JANUARY 28th, 2006

8:30 Registration


9:00 Welcoming Remarks


Honorable William J. Lindsay


Presiding Officer, Suffolk County Legislature


9:15 Documentary

The Life of an Unsung Hero


9:30 Remarks

Jonathan F. Sferazo

President, Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes, Inc.


9:40 Medical Panel – Representatives from

LI Occupational and… Continue reading

Our Finest Hour

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all.”

Do you remember what it was like to be a kid, and having to say those words? For me, it always seemed like a chore. Having to get up every morning, put your hand over your heart, and say the Pledge. A kid has better things to do with their time, don’t they?

That being said, there were times when I felt proud to say those words.

For instance, do you remember when the United States’ hockey team beat the Soviets in Lake Placid during the 1980 Olympics? WOW. I was only 8 years old when that happened, but I watched A LOT of TV as a kid, so I remember the coverage from Philadelphia’s Action News. I remember saying the pledge in 2nd grade, after my teacher reiterated what I had seen the night before, and thinking how proud I was to be an American. It didn’t bother me to say the pledge that day.




The U.S. team celebrates their upset win over the U.S.S.R.



That was then, and here we are today.

If you follow the news, you’ll see that the United States is currently involved in two wars. One in Iraq, and one in Afghanistan. Both American soldiers, and civilians from that region are being killed. 1000’s of people on both sides are being wounded,… Continue reading

U.S. Must Submit Papers to Moussaoui Team

WASHINGTON (AP) ? A federal judge has ordered the government to give admitted terrorist conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui’s defense team documents describing what officials knew before Sept. 11, 2001, about al-Qaeda threats and some of its hijackers.

With a trial to determine Moussaoui’s sentence set to begin next month, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema granted part of a Jan. 20 defense motion for documents without waiting for the government’s response.

“Several of the categories of information are so critical to the issues in this case that the court can address some of the requests without a response,” Brinkema wrote. “Moreover, given the increasingly shortening time before the start of the trial, discovery issues must be resolved quickly.”

Granted Tuesday under seal, her order was released Wednesday after government censors blacked out about five lines of it.

She ordered the government to immediately turn over any threat assessments, especially those completed in the year before the Sept. 11 attacks.

Defense attorneys also will get all reports, cables, slides, talking points, memos and other documents about Moussaoui’s arrest a month before the attacks and about two Sept. 11 hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdahar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, whose presence in the United States was known to federal officials before the attacks.

That data clearly was sought by the defense for use in the first part of the upcoming court proceeding, in which prosecutors will try to convince jurors that the FBI would have prevented the Sept. 11 attacks if Moussaoui had told federal agents what he… Continue reading

BYU professor’s group accuses U.S. officials of lying about 9/11

They include Robert M. Bowman, former director of the U.S. “Star Wars” space defense program, and Morgan Reynolds, former chief economist for the Department of Labor in President George W. Bush’s first term. Most of the members are less well-known.

The group’s Web site ([url]www.ST911.org[/url]) includes an updated version of Jones’s paper about the collapse of the Twin Towers and a paper by Fetzer that looks at conspiracy theories. The government’s version of the events of 9/11, that the plane’s hijackers were tied to Osama bin Laden, is its own conspiracy theory, says Fetzer, who has studied the John F. Kennedy assassination since 1992.

“Did the Bush administration know in advance about the impending attacks that occurred on 9/11, and allow these to happen, to provoke pre-planned wars against Afghanistan and Iraq? These questions demand immediate answers,” charges a paper written collectively by Scholars for 9/11 Truth. The group plans to write more papers, and present lectures and conferences.

“We have very limited resources and no subpoena powers,” Fetzer said. “What you have is a bunch of serious scholars taking a look at this and discovering it didn’t add up. We don’t have a political ax to grind.”

Fetzer has doctorates in the history and philosophy of science. “One of the roles I can play here,” he said, “is to explain why a certain line of argument is correct or not.”

In his original message to potential members last month, Fetzer warned that joining the group might make them the… Continue reading

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