By Tim Hjersted
Lawrence Journal-World Blogs
Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, President Bush asked the American public to “never entertain outrageous conspiracy theories.” The irony of his statement is easily lost. Most people consider themselves reasonable, thoughtful individuals that don’t believe in crazy conspiracy theories, but the Official story of 9/11 — that 19 radical terrorists conspired for several years to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings — is, in fact, a conspiracy theory. It just happens that this theory has the official endorsement of the U.S. government. So, believe our conspiracy theory, not theirs, Mr. Bush asks us. Don’t look at the facts. Don’t investigate for yourself. Just believe what you’re told.
This is, in effect, what the government and the mainstream media is asking us when it labels any idea a “conspiracy theory,” and we can see how incredibly effective this tool has been in stunting rational debate.
Over the decades, the term “conspiracy theory” has gained an increasingly negative stigma. People associate conspiracy theorists with kooks and wackos, paranoid rabble-rousers and self-proclaimed prophets with delusions of grandeur.
Long story short, the term has a whole long list of negative connotations, and most reasonable folks who value their reputation will avoid any conspiracy topics like the plague once it’s clear that the topic is now deemed ultra hazardous “conspiracy” territory.
Because of this, the term has become an incredibly effective propaganda tool for those who would prefer to silence dissenting opinions rather than debate… Continue reading
Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline
Five minutes before the Pentagon was hit on September 11, 2001, a training exercise being run by a US intelligence agency just over 20 miles from the Pentagon was set to include the scenario of a small private jet plane crashing into a building. It is unclear whether the scenario was played out, or if the exercise had been called off by that time.
Important details of the exercise, which was being conducted by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) at its headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia, are revealed in a document obtained by the 9/11 Commission. The document, titled “Early Morning Flight Activity September 11, 2001,” was part of a series of 9/11 Commission records moved to the US National Archives at the start of this year. It was found there, and posted online, by History Commons contributor paxvector.
Exercise Observers Meet at 9:00 a.m.
The NRO exercise, which had been planned for several months, was set to commence at 9:00 a.m. on September 11, when its observers would meet to be briefed. The observers and exercise role players were to move to their positions for the exercise 10 or 15 minutes later. In the exercise scenario, a Learjet 35A with two pilots and four passengers on board would take off at 9:30 a.m. from Washington Dulles International Airport. This airport, which is located four miles from the NRO headquarters, is where American Airlines Flight 77–the plane that reportedly hit the Pentagon–took off from earlier that morning.…Continue reading
AE911Truth with Richard Gage, AIA
LIVE STREAMED from The Commonwealth Club of California
TONIGHT, Tuesday, September 8 starting at 5:45PM Pacific
An important event for the 9/11 truth movement will occur on Tuesday night
in San Francisco when Richard Gage, AIA, speaks at the oldest public forum in
the nation, The Commonwealth
Club in California. Architects & Engineers For 9/11 Truth will webcast
this event live on the Internet from our website AE911Truth.org.
We follow in the footsteps of the great David Ray Griffin, who first broke
the 9/11 Truth barrier at the Commonwealth Club last year. In just under 40
minutes we will present the scientific evidence for the explosive controlled
destruction of the 3 World Trade Center high-rises on 9/11. We will examine
the behavior of these buildings as well as the explosive evidence found in the
debris. More evidence may be found on our website
A screening of this historic moment will be presented in New York City at 56
Walker Street. Also, everyone is encouraged to tune in on your own computer
as Mr. Gage explains why the official conspiracy theory put forth by NIST is
not supported by the evidence, and that explosive controlled demolition is,
very unfortunately, the only viable explanation for the WTC destruction in New
York City on September 11, 2001.
Pre-register! If you are local and coming please make sure to get your tickets
today as it might be sold out.
We’ll see you live at 5:45!
Issued September 4, 2009
Numerous media outlets have contacted 911truth.org, asking us to “make
sense” of Van Jones’ “strange” behavior. We have issued the following
As the eighth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, what doesn’t make sense to
us is that media outlets choose to impugn the character of the signatories
rather than carry out your responsibility as watchdogs to call attention to
the as yet unanswered questions raised in the 2004 statement. Five years later,
we challenge you to finally print those same unanswered questions and pursue
their answers with the same vigor with which you pursue the signatories.
We are overwhelmed by all the messages of support that we have received in the last 24 hours. We apologize that we can not possibly respond to each individual message, but please know we do read each one and are grateful for your support. For those of you asking what you can do to help, we encourage you to use the questions of this 2004 Statement as talking points for calls to your local media outlets and national call-in programs, and letters to the editors. Perhaps with your help, we can finally get answers to these lingering questions. Thank you.
For readers’ convenience, following is the actual Truth Statement signed onto
by Van Jones in 2004, currently being discussed in the media.
We Want Real Answers About 9/11
On August 31, 2004, Zogby International, the official North American political polling agency for Reuters, released a poll that found… Continue reading
September 5, 2009
Breaking Down the Under-Oath Disclosures of the Formerly-Gagged Sibel Edmonds…
It has now been over a week since the video tape and transcript from the remarkable 8/8/09 deposition of former FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was publicly released. Previously, the Bush Administration invoked the so-called “state secrets privilege” in order to gag Edmonds, in attempting to keep such information from becoming public.
The under-oath, detailed allegations include bribery, blackmail, espionage and infiltration of the U.S. government of, and by current and former members of the U.S. Congress, high-ranking State and Defense Department officials and agents of the government of Turkey. The broad criminal conspiracy is said to have resulted in, among other things, the sale of nuclear weapons technology to black market interests including Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, Libya and others.
Even as many of these allegations had been previously corroborated to varying extents, by a number of official government reports, documents and independent media outlets (largely overseas), not a single major mainstream media outlet in the U.S. has picked up on Edmonds’ startling claims since her deposition has been made fully available.
Granted, last week was a busy news week, with the death of Ted Kennedy, the release of the CIA Inspector General’s report on torture, and the announcement that Michael Jackson’s death was ruled a homicide. And, it’s true, a 4-hour deposition and/or 241-page transcript [PDF] is a lot of material to review, particularly given the wide scope of the charges being… Continue reading
By Dwain Deets and Gregg Roberts
September 6, 2009
Published at Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911truth.org)
AE911Truth plans to release a longer response than this one as soon as resources permit. In the meantime, readers are encouraged to examine these other recently published pieces:
Kevin Ryan, Finally, an Apology From the National Geographic Channel (with comments at Kevin Ryan’s Blog)
Richard Gage, AIA, Gregg Roberts, and David Chandler, Evidence for the Explosive Demolition of World Trade Center, Building 7 on 9/11
National Geographic Channel (NGC) first broadcast its two-hour special misleadingly entitled “9/11: Science and Conspiracy,” on August 31, 2009. NGC, with 67% ownership by Rupert Murdoch, posed as a neutral party explaining both sides in an ongoing dispute. In reality, it manipulated the presentation, doing many subtle and not so subtle things to support the side of the official story.
In actuality, this so-called documentary was a de facto hit piece, an assault on truth, and obviously skewed in support of the government’s explanation of 9/11 and against “9/11 truth.” Whatever their intentions, the producers failed completely in any supposed attempt at balanced reporting and a fair presentation of both sides of the story.
The Manipulation Channel
The first big manipulation was the use of a highly misleading title, suggesting that those supporting the official story represent the scientific viewpoint, while those questioning the official story are merely “conspiracy theorists” who… Continue reading
by Nicole Sandler
There are many unanswered questions, and many people who won’t rest until they get the answers. During the first hour of tonight’s show, I’ll speak with two of them.
Manny Badillo lost his uncle in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Janette Mackinlay lived right across the street from the twin towers, and was in her apartment when the planes hit, and blew her windows out… and lots of debris in.
Both are now involved with the NYC Coalition for Accountability Now (http://www.nyccan.org/)– a non-partisan organization comprised of 9/11 families, survivors and concerned citizens committed to bringing about an independent, impartial investigation into the events of 9/11/01.
Former Student Filed Lawsuit Claiming Civil Rights Were Violated
A federal appeals court has ruled that former Attorney General John Ashcroft may be held liable for people who were wrongfully detained as material witnesses after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
In a harshly worded ruling handed down Friday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called the government’s use of material witnesses after Sept. 11 “repugnant to the Constitution and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history.”
The court found that a man who was detained as a witness in a federal terrorism case can sue Ashcroft for allegedly violating his constitutional rights. Abdullah Al-Kidd, a U.S. citizen and former University of Idaho student, filed the lawsuit in 2005, claiming his civil rights were violated when he was detained as a material witness for two weeks after 9/11.
“Sadly, however, even now, more than 217 years after the ratification of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, some confidently assert that the government has the power to arrest and detain or restrict American citizens for months on end, in sometimes primitive conditions, not because there is evidence that they have committed a crime, but merely because the government wishes to investigate them for possible wrongdoing, or to prevent them from having contact with others in the outside world,” Judge Milan D. Smith Jr., for the majority. “We find this to be repugnant to the Constitution and a painful… Continue reading
September 3, 2009
Good News for 9/11 Truth in the Austrian airwaves! Austrian national public
broadcasting TV station ORF (the equivalent to BBC or German ARD) will be showing
the premiere of the German version of "Zero – An Investigation into 9/11"
by the Italian member of EU parliament Giulietto Chiesa.
CLICK HERE for the website of Austrian ORF, showing all the info.
Time and date: Sunday, 06.September 2009 – 22:50 CET – the station is ORF2.
This is indeed good news of a decent amount of courage by journalists working
in a public broadcasting station. Unlike the BBC or German ARD, the Austrians
seem to have a bit more courage concerning that topic. It will be a German-dubbed version, which will be a TV premiere. The German title: "9/11 – WAS STECKT WIRKLICH
DAHINTER?" ("9/11 – What’s really behind it?").
German-speaking 9/11 truth activists should thank the journalists for their
courage. You can do that by sending feedback here: http://tv.orf.at/dok.film/
Street Action: Council on Foreign Relations – 58 East 68th Street – 4:30pm
March to surprise locations, then end at Columbus Circle – Broadway and 59th
street – 6:30pm by CNN headquarters
Event: Broadway and Walker Street
Learning Seminars – 7:30pm -10pm
Street Action: 8am – Noon, Church Street and Vesey
Street – peaceful vigil for the lost at Ground Zero during memorial services.
Then march to Building 7, Broadway, NYSE, NY Federal Reserve City Hall, Police
Plaza and then Building 7 again for a peaceful candlelight vigil with the calling
of names of all the late 9/11 1st responder heroes.
Event: 5pm- 21st Street and 6th ave
Memorial Vigil and speak out with many speakers.
Afterparty details with http://polygraphradio.net/coming
meetup rsvp: http://www.meetup.com/wearechange/calendar/11209344/
Street Action: Ground Zero – Noon
to 4pm – Vesey Street by Building 7
Event: 12th Street to 3rd Avenue – 5pm eastern
Meetup RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/wearechange/calendar/11209355/
This is the biggest event of the conference, with Willie Rodriquez delivering
a keynote speech and showing a special sneak peak of his new movie, as well
as a musical performance by award-winning… Continue reading
by Luke Rudkowski
Heroes sacrifice it all for the greater good of everyone around them that is at risk, regardless of what they believe is going to happen to them. On September 11th 2001, rescue workers from the New York Fire Department, Police Department and National Guard, amongst many others, put it all on the line. Many were lost.
Many we’re losing now.
“Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.” –Abraham Lincoln.
Today, thousands of those same rescue workers are being denied health care by the government.
It’s up to people like you and I to honor our heroes by helping them in obtaining something they undeniably deserve — healthcare. So on 9/11/09 we are having a money bomb to, in just a small way, honor the heroes that were there for our country in a most perilous time. Please find it in your heart to put something aside for those who put it all on the line and now, you can be the hero. Always Remember. Never Forget.
Go to www.WeAreChange.org on 9/11/09 for a live broadcast of the events and donation infromation. Please help us spread the word about the events in NYC on 9/11/09 and our money bomb.
Posted by Steven Jones at 911blogger.com
A special on 9/11 has just been shown on the National Geographic Channel, produced by Robert Erickson. Robert also conducted interviews with me and others. In March 2009, Prof. David Ray Griffin and I and Gregg Roberts exchanged emails with Robert Erickson which demonstrate our efforts to get Mr. Erickson and his team to be accurate and fair in their treatment of our scientific work regarding 9/11 — particularly the evidence for the use of explosives in the World Trade Center destruction. For the record, then, I have pulled together our exchanges of emails.
Robert Erickson, emailed David Ray Griffin on 3/27/09:
“if Jones is surprised that we just placed bags of thermite around the column…what else would Jones have suggested? ”
I was informed of the question above and I responded on 3/28/09 as follows:
Bags of commercial thermite set against a steel column — what a pathetic “experiment.” Not anywhere close to representing my views, as you must know, from our discussion about the red/gray chips and the crucial distinction between ordinary thermite and super-thermite! What a terrible and unfair straw-man joke you are evidently trying to pull.
Why can’t you get a sample of super-thermite? I think you can, if you will actually try. Or are you like NIST which refuses to look?
Super-Thermite Electric Matches
The principal application is in the entertainment industry, which uses fireworks displays for a variety of venues, such as sporting… Continue reading
August 31, 2009
posted at 911oz blog at 911blogger.com
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Tonight we welcome Dr. Frank Legge back to show for an extended discussion on one the most vexed questions about 9/11: what hit the Pentagon?
As Dr. Legge stresses, there are two essential points to note:
Many researchers are not satisfied with stopping at these reasonable claims however, and want to propose more detailed theories about what really happened. During the show we critically examine some of the theories, with the help of Dan Collins, a regular contributor to TNRA.
We present below several key pieces of evidence often cited in investigations of the Pentagon attacks.
Below we reproduce the Pentagon Building Performance Report image showing that “no portion of the outer two-thirds of the right wing and no portion of the outer one-third of the left wing actually entered the building”.
Punch out hole
Flight 77 Wreckage
“What Hit the Pentagon?”
Joe Trento discusses our history with Iran — from the Mossadeq Era to the recent twitter campaign, Zbigniew Brzezinski’s foreign policy strategy and objectives in the region, and he talks about Israel, Saudi Arabia’s backing of Pakistan’s pursuit of the nuclear bomb and AQ Khan, the terrible state of US Media, the prospect of ‘real change,’ and more.
Here is our guest Joe Trento unplugged!
For those who want to subscribe to the show in “itunes”, here is the subscription URL: http://boilingfrogs.justacitizen.com/xml.php?feed_id=1071
Joe Trento has spent more than 40 years as an investigative journalist, working with both print and broadcast outlets and writing extensively. Before joining the National Security News Service in 1991, Trento worked for CNN’s Special Assignment Unit, The Wilmington News Journal, and prominent journalist Jack Anderson. Trento has received numerous reporting awards and is the author of seven books, including America and The Islamic Bomb , Unsafe At Any Altitude, Prelude To Terror , The Secret History of the CIA , Widows , Prescription for Disaster: From the Glory of Apollo to the Betrayal of the Shuttle , and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration . For further reading visit Joe Trento’s site, http://dcbureau.org/ .
You can also listen to past interviews with Russ Tice, James Bamford, Philip Giraldi and Sandalio Gonzalez here : http://boilingfrogs.justacitizen.com/xml.php?feed_id=1071
Dear friends who’ve just viewed the National Geographic Conspiracy Theory on 9/11,
Thank you for taking time to come here and find our contact information in order to share your thoughts. We ask that if you are interested enough in this issue to write us hate mail because you actually believe the nonsense National Geographic states we “all believe” that you take a few minutes to click on a couple of the links to your left, in the “New to 9/11″ section. What you will find is that essentially nothing that producer presented as the “beliefs” of “Truthers” actually reflects the real questions being asked by 9/11 truth advocates, as represented at this website.
This silly attempt to boil down the “Truthers” (what, people who are not actively pursuing answers to 9/11 questions are not in favor of truth? ridiculous…) to a few people who believe there was no plane at the Pentagon and the buildings were brought down by “thermite” is just that — silly. Since you’ve come this far, why not have a look at a few of the 40 Questions or the Family Report Card and ask yourself why, after nearly eight long years, family members and other Americans are still wanting for answers to these core questions … and ask yourselves why you’re still not allowed to have those answers. And have a look at the articles on the front page at 911research.com or Journal of 9/11 Studies, and learn what the scientists are… Continue reading
Debates at Lolita Bar: “Should NY Reopen the 9/11 Investigation?”
Wednesday, September 2, at 8pm, with:
Sander Hicks, author of The Big Wedding, arguing yes.
Saul Devitt, computer programmer and skeptic, arguing no.
(And the group NYC CAN is fighting in court, meanwhile, over whether to make it a ballot initiative question, making the topic timely again.)
Hosted by Todd Seavey and moderated by Michel Evanchik.
Free admission, cash bar. Basement level of Lolita Bar at 266 Broome St. (New York City) at the corner of Allen St. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, one block south
and three west of the Delancey St. F, J, M, Z subway stop.
This is, in effect, our second of three debates on "conspiracy"-related
topics — bring all the skeptics, watchdogs, truth-seekers, or debunkers you
know. And the audience gets to vote on the question at the end.
From the ACLU
August 30, 2009
ACLU Safe and free – Restore our Constitutional Rights
ACLU Obtains Detailed Official Record Of CIA Torture Program
The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) documents describe enhanced interrogation techniques used as late as 2007.
We need a full and thorough investigation.
Attorney General Eric Holder appointed an independent prosecutor to investigate torture. However, the very limited scope is nowhere near as thorough and broad as the investigation America really needs.
The recent release of the long-secret CIA Inspector General’s report, detailing horrific prisoner abuse, only reinforces the need for a full and thorough, independent investigation of the Bush torture program.
We need to make it clear that, while we’re pleased the Attorney General has launched an independent investigation, the limits he has set don’t meet the demands of justice. Urge Attorney General Holder to conduct a thorough examination of the Bush torture program.