9/11 Health and Compensation Bill Passes House
September 29, 2010 — Legislation to establish health treatment and monitoring
programs for World Trade Center responders was overwhelmingly approved by a
bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives.
H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, was approved
by a vote of 268-160. The vote to pass the bill followed an attempt by Representative
Christopher Lee (R-NY) and House Republican Leadership to amend H.R. 847 by
adding unrelated legislation to repeal a portion of the health care reform law
and reform the medical malpractice system. The motion failed by a vote of 185-244.
Had the motion succeeded, it would have effectively killed the bill.
“I am pleased that the 9/11 Act passed the House by an overwhelming and bipartisan
majority,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. “World Trade Center
responders know they are finally one step closer to receiving the care and benefits
they need and deserve.”
The September 29 vote follows a previous attempt to pass H.R. 847 in the House
earlier this year under rules requiring a two-thirds majority for passage. That
attempt fell 21 votes short of a two-thirds majority.
Following that setback, the IAFF lobbied extensively to bring the bill back
up under regular order, supplementing the efforts of New York Local 94 and Local
“Our two New York City affiliates, their leadership and their members lobbied
tirelessly to move the 9/11 Act forward,” says Schaitberger. “Today’s vote is… Continue reading
September 21, 2010
By John Feal
Dear Friends, Supporters and Fellow First Responders:
As most of you are aware, the past twenty-four hours have been extremely chaotic
in regards to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. I, along with
fellow FealGood Foundation board members, have worked with various union leaders
to keep the pressure on our elected officials. As of approximately 5:30 today
our bill was moved into the “Rules Committee” of the United States
House of Representatives and prepared for full House vote. While a modest victory,
this should be considered a step forward to our ultimate goal. However, to our
great displeasure, a date for such a vote has not yet been announced. This is
unacceptable and over the next twenty-four hours we will continue to place additional
pressure on leadership to give us the date we have waited nine years for.
Make no mistake, all involved in this struggle consider it an insult of the
highest degree that we are forced to continue to lobby House leaders to merely
place this bill on calendar. Despite this, we have been advised that the bill
will be given a date for vote tomorrow, September 22, 2010. While promises to
this fragile community have been made and broken so many times that I do not
expect you to believe this one, we must respect the leadership our New York
Congressional Delegation has provided and rely on them to ensure that this promise
is kept. Tomorrow, the… Continue reading
September 21, 2010
by John Bursill
years new Project Censored book, Censored 2011, has been released including
numerous stories and references to the 9/11 cover up. Dr. Peter Phillips and
Mickey Huff explain in this interview that they have been censored by so called
“alternative” left wing publications because of their refusal to drop
9/11 truth content!
From the show notes: “Censored 2011″ with Dr. Peter Phillips and
Dr. Mickey Huff. We discuss the new Project Censored book and some of the most censored
news stories of the past year. –END–
Listen Here: Guns
and Butter: Project Censored 2011
Please buy the new book and help fight media censorship! Project
Thanks again for another wonderful interview by Bonnie and her team at Guns
and Butter KPFA
Censored 2011- New Book Release on 9/15
Project Censored’s “Censored 2011: The Top Censored Stories of
2009-2010″ is now available for order here! This year’s volume is truly Media Democracy in Action. Not only does it cover the most under-reported stories the corporate media ignore, but
this year’s Censored Deja Vu, Junk Food News and News Abuse, Signs of
Health, and FAIR’s 10th anniversary of Fear and Favor in the News Room.
A full Truth Emergency section debuts this year for “Censored 2011″ to
address State Crimes Against Democracy as… Continue reading
By Cosmos 9/11 Truth News
Attacked by the Left. Attacked by the Right. Attacked by “edgy” political comedians for scant, confused laughs — with no discernible purpose other than to discourage and further isolate those seeking justice. No matter if their political affiliation is Coke, or whether they lean hard towards Pepsi, everyone in the corporate mainstream media can agree that 9/11 truth is a target worthy of derision.
Yet, strangely, none of them can seem to get their story straight.
When left-wing commentators denounce 9/11 truth activists, the activists are derided as right-wing conspiracy freaks — lumped in with the Tea Party and various hate groups. When it’s the Right’s turn to attack, those seeking answers about 9/11 are uniformly painted as Bush-burnt America haters, the very worst of the left-wing losers.
Sometimes — just to mix it up — a lefty journalist will agree that 9/11 truth is indeed a scourge of the Left, and even concoct a bizarre conspiracy theory to explain it away.
When it comes to political humor in the corporate media, the drill is exactly the same.
Last week, comedian Jon Stewart of The Daily Show announced his upcoming “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington DC. Using 9/11 truth as an example of the “insanity” that plagues this country, Stewart mocked the cause as right-wing kookiness, the equivalent of believing Obama is a secret muslim.
Stewart’s shtick is the exasperated moderate everyman, a lone voice of reason in a sea of insanity — willing… Continue reading
Letter from Tod Fletcher
posted September 15, 2010
Dear 9/11 Truth Community,
As many in the 9/11 truth community know, David Ray Griffin has been in the hospital. He is recovering from major back surgery and serious complications from it. He will recover completely and be able to return to the cause, but his recovery will require a rather long time. At present he needs rest and therapy and he is not able to do the many things that he would be doing were he well.
One of his main concerns right now is that his new book, Cognitive Infiltration: an Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory, successfully make the impact that it should. As many in our community already know, it is a response to legal scholar (and now Obama appointee) Cass Sunstein’s highly deceptive argument for a new Cointelpro-like operation to be directed against the 9/11 truth movement. Griffin utilizes all his own remarkable capabilities to thoroughly deconstruct and expose the fraudulent nature of this prominent legal scholar’s call for an illegal operation. Griffin’s book was just published, at the beginning of September, and there hasn’t yet been time for many to have
Griffin feels the book is especially important and laments that he is not able to promote it as he would normally do. But there is a way that we can step in and fill his shoes — write and post reviews of the book, so that prospective readers… Continue reading
A review of David Ray Griffin’s new book, Cognitive Infiltration:
an Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
By Tod Fletcher
Posted September 15, 2010
Shortly after taking office on January 20, 2009 President Obama appointed Harvard
law professor (and personal friend) Cass Sunstein to the post of administrator
of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In June 2009
Sunstein published an essay in The Journal of Political Philosophy entitled
“Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures,” in which he provided an “analysis”
of conspiracy theories, viewing them, as his title indicated, as “caused”
by “informational isolation” and requiring “cures”, i.e.,
elimination. The article led to an outcry by civil libertarians of all political
stripes, who especially singled out for protest Sunstein’s call for covert “cognitive
infiltration” by government agents of organizations the government deems
Because Sunstein explicitly states that “9/11 conspiracy theories”
are his main focus, virtually all interpreters have agreed that Sunstein’s call
for what is essentially another Cointelpro Operation is directed specifically
against the 9/11 truth movement. (Cointelpro, or “Counter Intelligence
Program”, was the FBI’s name for its high-priority operations to infiltrate,
provoke, undermine and disable civil rights, socialist, antiwar, black power
and Native American movements during the late 1950s and the 1960s.) The fantastic
picture Sunstein paints of the 9/11 truth movement as “harmful,” “dangerous,”
and likely to resort to “terrorism” suggests that he is serving a
function similar to Philip Zelikow’s during the Bush/Cheney years; in his own
way, Sunstein… Continue reading
by Missy Comley Beattie
September 10, 2010
Our experiences and what we do with them shape and determine our trajectory.
Often, they change us gradually; sometimes, they are immediately life altering.
So much so that months, even years later, a thought, a song, even an aroma can
transport us, abruptly, into the past. Some events are wonderful. Others are
The phone call from my sister, telling me that Chase was killed in Iraq, is
among the brutal.
My nephew, Chase Comley, died a little over five years ago. He enlisted in
the military because he believed our freedoms were in jeopardy, a message George
Bush gaveled into the American psyche after 19 hijackers used planes as weapons
to attack US symbols of power on 9/11.
This week, we mark the ninth anniversary of that turning point, the day that
invokes images of death and destruction, and the date that heralded our post-9/11
world with its increased militarism/imperialism resulting in more death and
destruction, mainstream media failure, the Patriot Act, a surveillance state,
torture, indefinite detention, military tribunals, corporatism, economic collapse,
I have just watched 9/11 Press for Truth at the urging of Jon Gold, a friend
and fellow member of Peace of the Action. Gold has worked diligently to bring
justice for 9/11 families.
Less than two minutes into the film, George Bush says: “Today our fellow
citizens, our way of life, our very freedom, came under attack.”
Members of the Bush Administration tell us there… Continue reading
Michael Berger, Media Coordinator for 911truth.org, was scheduled for a ten-minute interview this morning with Pat Brittenden of New Zealand’s NewstalkZB. Just over an hour prior to the scheduled appointment time, Pat called Michael to ask whether he could do the interview an hour early … with Gene Corley carrying the torch for the Official Story! Click here to listen to the explosive results of this surprise opportunity…
Don’t miss Michael’s radio appearance tonight (Friday, September10th) at 6:00pm Central time on TalkSport Radio (www.talksport.net) in the UK, with presenter (host) George Galloway. Listen live here. “The UK’s best speech radio station” with sports and current affairs programming, live commentaries, interviews, debate and phone-ins. Available on 1089/1053 AM, DAB Digital Radio, Sky Digital 0108, Freeview 723, Digital Cable and at www.talkSPORT.net
by Philip Shenon
September 10, 2010
The Daily Beast.com
Why didn’t the commission investigating the devastating 2001 al Qaeda attacks thoroughly scrub the NSA’s files? Philip Shenon on the crucial records the government has never explored.
Are many of the secrets of 9/11 still hidden in top-secret government files?
Almost certainly, say former staff members of the 9/11 Commission. With the nation scheduled to mark the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks this weekend, former staffers tell The Daily Beast it is clear that the 9/11 Commission, which went out of business in 2004, failed to conduct a thorough inspection of the government’s most important library of raw intelligence on al Qaeda and the 9/11 plot. And nobody appears to have inspected that intelligence since.
The archives, maintained by the National Security Agency at its headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, were reviewed — in a cursory fashion — only in the final days of the commission’s investigation, and then only because of last-minute staff complaints that the NSA’s vast database was being ignored.
Throughout its investigation, staffers complained, the commission’s leaders were fixated on what could be found in the terrorism files of the CIA and the FBI, the two big targets for criticism in the panel’s final report, and largely ignored the NSA, the government’s chief eavesdropping agency.
When the commission did get into… Continue reading
Interview with esteemed scholar and author Peter Dale Scott
September 10, 2010
Peter Dale Scott: “I do know for a certainty that there has been a cover-up of 9/11″ …
Bio ~ Peter Dale Scott a former Canadian diplomat and Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, is a poet, writer, and researcher. His most recent books are Drugs, Oil, and War (2005), The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America (2007), The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11 and the Deep Politics of War (2008) and Mosaic Orpheus (poetry, 2009).
9th Anniversary of September 11th Attacks Welcomes “9/11 Truth News”, a Website Focused on Responsible 9/11 News and Information
Not sure what to think about the 9/11 attacks? Perhaps you’re curious on this 9th anniversary, but you want to avoid the circus of conspiracy theories, lies and disinformation? Starting now, you can go to 9/11 Truth News ( www.911truthnews.com ) for updates on under-reported news, effective activism being done by the international 9/11 Truth Movement, as well as highlights of the best research and scientific information regarding the attacks.
September 09, 2010
LOS ANGELES–If you follow the American “Mainstream Media” news, you might have reason to think that a person who questions the official version of the 9/11 attacks is just a tad off the mark, or even outright crazy. Yet, those people are all around you. Roughly 45% of people in the US – over 130 million – support a new investigation into the attacks, according to a 2006 Zogby poll . A global tally of truth seekers would dwarf the population of many countries.
“This is 9/11 truth for the rest of us!”
In other words, the chances are pretty good that you or people you care about are looking for answers on this 9th anniversary. And yet with so many questions and so much public interest the issue remains basically taboo. Why the media blackout?
With no responsible coverage of the issue, everyday citizens have taken matters into their own hands, building an alternative media online. For… Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2010
On the eve of the 9th anniversary of 9/11, support for the war in Afghanistan took a serious blow yesterday. Simultaneous press conferences were held in New York and Los Angeles to present startling new information refuting the official 9/11 narrative, used to justify the war. Also announced were three major professional groups which have joined the worldwide, and ever-growing, “9/11 Truth Movement”.
In a striking show of unity, representatives of “Scientists for 9/11 Truth”, “U.S. Military Officers for 9/11 Truth” and “Actors & Artists for 9/11 Truth” presented their findings and unveiled their eye-opening websites. Each non-profit group has launched a petition calling for a new, transparent investigation.
In NY, representing “Scientists”, Professor Niels Harrit said, “The official account put forth by NIST violates the fundamental laws of physics and chemistry.” Harrit is Prof. Emeritus at the University of Copenhagen and was lead author for a 2009 peer-reviewed study that revealed evidence of high tech explosives throughout the WTC dust.
In LA, physics teacher David Chandler discussed the swift destruction of the WTC towers, including Building 7, the little-known third tower. Having demonstrated its free fall, he confronted the US government agency NIST with his analyses and forced NIST to revise its November 2008 Final Report on WTC 7. NIST’s Draft Report had claimed free fall was impossible but NIST ultimately acknowledged WTC 7 was in absolute free fall for over two seconds. Concluded Chandler, “Free fall is physically impossible without explosives”.
In… Continue reading
September 7, 2010
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7
Former US Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK) and Richard Gage, AIA, Founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth Discuss Scientific Findings
National Press Club, Washington DC, 2:00 pm, Thursday, September 9, 2010
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Thursday September 9, 2010, Gravel and Gage will host a central press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, presenting hard evidence that all three WTC skyscrapers on September 11, 2001, in NYC were destroyed by explosive controlled demolition.
Senator Gravel notes, “Critically important evidence has come forward after the original government building reports were completed.”
This press conference will be webcast at AE911Truth.org and hosted concurrently in cities throughout the world.* Following the conference, there will be a mock debate during which public statements made by government investigators and other defenders of the official account will be presented and responded to in multimedia format. “They refuse to debate us in person,” says Gage, “so we will let their public statements represent them.”
Gage will release a media-friendly summary of his organization’s findings, which are based on forensic evidence as well as video and eyewitness testimony that were omitted from official reports. He will show evidence that the WTC Twin Towers were not destroyed by jet plane impacts or fires, but by pre-set explosives and incendiaries. The non-profit organization, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, will also call for a grand jury investigation of government report lead engineers Shyam Sunder and… Continue reading
August 31, 2010
911blogger.com, James Gourley’s blog
The International Center for 9/11 Studies has secured the release of hundreds of hours of video footage and tens of thousands of photographs used by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for its investigation of the collapse of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and Building 7. This material is being released to the Center under the Freedom of Information Act, in response to a lawsuit the Center filed against NIST.
The Center filed a FOIA Request with NIST on January 26, 2009, seeking production of “all of the photographs and videos collected, reviewed, cited or in any other way used by NIST during its investigation of the World Trade Center building collapses.” Following several unsuccessful attempts to get NIST to even acknowledge receipt of the Request, the Center was forced to file a lawsuit on May 28, 2009. Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, the Request was assigned a reference number, and NIST began periodically releasing batches of responsive records. To date, the Center has received over 300 DVDs and several external hard disk drives that contain responsive records – more than 3 terabytes of data so far – and NIST has indicated that additional records will be released in the future.
We are currently looking at the best ways to distribute these materials to interested researchers and journalists around the world. It has taken NIST more than 8 months so far to produce a partial archive of photographs and… Continue reading
By Rachel Trees
September 05, 2010
Indiana Daily Student
The 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington’s presentation Saturday at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater titled “Peace Through Truth; 9/11 and State Crimes Against Democracy” outlined speakers’ skepticisms toward the events that took place on 9/11.
Speakers included Graeme MacQueen, founding director for McMaster University’s Centre for Peace Studies in Ontario, and behavioral neuroscientist Laurie Manwell.
“The folks who are engaged in the movement are serious scholars who come to conclusions based on evidence that should be available to everyone in the room,” said Byron Bangert, member of the 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington.
After a brief moment of silence “for those who lost their lives on 9/11 and in the events that were set in motion on that day” initiated by Bangert, the speakers began their presentations.
MacQueen’s speech, titled “The Fictional Basis for the War on Terror,” explained two hypotheses — the structural failure hypothesis, or “governmental hypothesis,” and the explosion hypothesis, or “non-governmental hypothesis.”
By aid of video footage, images, eye-witness accounts and details of his findings of chemical and physical inaccuracies, MacQueen explained his evidence behind the theory that the World Trade Center was detonated.
“The towers came down because they were wired for detonation,” he said. “I’m not suggesting that planes didn’t fly into them and damage them. I am suggesting that they didn’t bring the towers down.”
Manwell’s speech, titled “The Psychological Implications of 9/11,” covered such topics as group mentality and social crimes against democracy and challenged people to not just accept the facts they have been given about 9/11.…Continue reading
9/11 Working Group sponsors Sept. 4 discussion at Buskirk-Chumley
by Kevin Ryan
August 19, 2010
Published in the Bloomington Alternative
Most people recognize that the events of 9/11 were the driving force behind the “War on Terror.” Less well recognized is the fact that this borderless war against an ill-defined enemy has expedited economic collapse, driven totalitarian legislation and generated a great deal of animosity against the United States throughout the world. The pain and suffering caused by 9/11 comes with an opportunity, however. Through a better understanding of those tragic events, we can achieve crucial insights that can not only end the wars but might ultimately lead to lasting positive change in human society.
On Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre in Bloomington, the 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington will sponsor a free presentation by two prominent truth and peace activists. Buddhist scholar and peace studies director Graeme MacQueen will discuss “The fictional basis for the war on terror.” Behavioral scientist Laurie Manwell will speak on the social and psychological implications of 9/11 and other state crimes against democracy.
It’s difficult for Americans to admit when we are wrong. This is partly because being right or wrong on most issues has not been as important for people today as it was for our ancestors. For many years now, due to the exponential growth of our economy, we have led relatively easy lives in which having wrong or superfluous views have had little impact on whether or… Continue reading
Join us in NYC this September 11th and 12th for a symposium of critical thinkers – “How the World Changed After 9/11″
This two-day event will be filmed for television, featuring eight panels with 32 experts in world affairs! The panels will look at 9/11’s impact on military policy, loss of privacy, the media, perception of Islam, US politics, and much more!
You’ll hear a stellar array of speakers, for instance Cindy Sheehan, Ray McGovern, Cynthia McKinney, Peter Dale Scott, Michael Parenti, Kristina Borjesson, Ralph Schoenman, Sara Flounders, Coleen Rowley, Senator Mike Gravel, Governor Don Siegelman. In addition, this event will feature the first US appearance of Dr. Niels Harrit, who rocked the science community with his team’s paper revealing explosives found in the World Trade Center dust.
Get full details at www.howtheworldchanged.org. Seating is limited so reserve your ticket now!
WHERE: Walker Stage – 56 Walker Street, New York, NY
WHEN: 1pm through 10pm Sat. Sept. 11th and Sun. Sept. 12th
ADMISSION: $20 suggested donation per session. Two sessions each day. Each session includes two panels. Seating limited to 175.
Proceeds from all events go to help first responders.
NOTE: This event will be webcast for viewers around the world! Check website soon for further details. TICKETS and pay-per-view live stream: See Paypal links at website.
Also, a memorial will be held Friday night, September 10, 2010, 6:00 pm, at All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue, with victim family members.
Speakers hosted by http://www.wearechange.org.
Can’t come… Continue reading
Source: 9/11 Truth News
A new report released by a think tank called Demos warns of the hazardous effects of conspiracy theories on society and recommends strategies for governments to mitigate these effects, including the infiltration of websites.
The report, called The Power of Unreason: Conspiracy Theories, Extremism and Counterterrorism, says “most notoriously and influentially, the ‘9/11 truth movement’ has questioned the official accounts of 9/11 and has become a large and growing political force.”
The authors note that the 9/11 truth movement is “peaceful”, but make no distinction between the legitimate questioning of the official account of 9/11 and any number of unrelated, and often racist, conspiracy theories.
The Demos report acknowledges that “some conspiracies have turned out to be true. Our institutions and governments have deceived the population to advance hidden and unstated interests”, and goes on to cite Operations Northwoods, the Joint Chief of Staff’s unimplemented plan to stage a false flag Cuban terror attack in 1963, as well as the CIA’s involvement in the Chilean coup of 1973.
But the report is only concerned with limiting the effects of conspiracy theories on operations of the state, not with justice or the accuracy of the historical record. It states:
More broadly, conspiracy theories drive a wedge of distrust between governments and particular communities. Conspiracy theories — such as those that claim 7/7 or 9/11 were ‘inside jobs’ — demolish the mutuality and trust that people have in institutions of government, with social and political ramifications that… Continue reading