Today marks the eighth anniversary of 9/11, with vigils being held to remember
the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks. We look at a group of victims
that are often forgotten in the September 11 narrative: the thousands of rescue
workers who became sick after being exposed to contaminants at Ground Zero.
Hundreds have died. We speak to Joe Picurro, a New Jersey ironworker who worked
as a volunteer on the pile for twenty-eight days. He is now dying of lung disease.
We also speak with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who is co-sponsoring the 9/11
Health and Compensation Act, and Dr. Jacqueline Moline, director of the World
Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program at the Mount Sinai School
JUAN GONZALEZ: Vigils will be held today at the World Trade
Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania to remember the nearly 3,000 people
killed eight years ago in the September 11th attacks. In New York, moments of
silence will be observed at Ground Zero to mark the time when the hijacked planes
hit the World Trade Center and to mark when the towers fell. A reading of the
victims’ names will also be held at Ground Zero.
Today on Democracy Now! we look at a group of victims that are often forgotten
in the September 11th narrative: the many rescue workers who have since become
sick after being exposed to contaminants at Ground Zero. In a few minutes we’ll
be joined by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney… Continue reading
Truth was obviously censored and ncomplete in the original 9/11 Commission’s report. If anyone deserves the opportunity to press on for answers, it is the people of the City of New York. The next few weeks will tell whether they are at long last given that opportunity.
In the five years since the 9/11 Commission released its studious but timid report, Americans of all political stripes have advocated for a new investigation into the attacks of September 11, 2001. Since Obama seems intent upon putatively pardoning the Bush Administration for all of its crimes and misdemeanors, such an investigation will clearly not take place at the federal level. But a New-York based organization has been pursuing a local effort–and on the eve of the eighth anniversary of the attacks, it has achieved what could be an important step toward its goal. The New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN), which describes itself as “a group comprising 9/11 family members, first responders, and survivors,” has gathered signatures to place a referendum for a new 9/11 investigation on the November ballot in New York City.
The Bloomberg administration fought the effort by claiming that only about 26,000 of the 52,000 signatures submitted by NYC CAN were valid, leaving the group some 4,000 short of the requirement for a ballot measure. After the New York courts appointed a “referee” to review the tossed-out petitions, NYC CAN… Continue reading
2009 Truth Statement
We STILL Want Real Answers About 9/11
[Signatures have been closed as of March, 2010]
On August 31, 2004, Zogby International, the official North American political polling agency for Reuters, released a poll that found nearly half (49.3%) of New York City residents and 41% of those in New York state believe US leaders had foreknowledge of impending 9/11 attacks and “consciously failed” to act. Of the New York City residents, 66% called for a new probe of unanswered questions by Congress or the New York Attorney General. Since that time, multiple professional polling organizations have obtained similar results in polls conducted nationally and internationally.
In 2004, 911truth.org assembled a list of notable Americans and family members of those who died who signed (see that list of signatories, below) a 9/11 Statement, calling for “immediate public attention to unanswered questions that suggest that people within the current administration may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.”
On the eighth anniversary of 9/11, in spite of Americans having elected the “other” party in hopes it would deliver on its promise of a change in direction, we find ourselves asking these same questions and encountering the same resistance to transparency. The ensuing wars have destroyed countless lives, our civil liberties (including habeas corpus) are in tatters, posse comitatus is history, and our economy lies essentially in ruin. Meanwhile, thousands of 9/11 responders who rushed to stand with America in its time of… Continue reading
NYC CAN Breaking News Bulletin – FORWARD WIDELY September 10, 2009
City of New York Concedes 9/11 Coalition Has 30,000 Valid Signatures To Put Referendum For 9/11 Investigation on November Ballot
New York — In a last minute decision, lawyers for the City of New York have conceded that the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN), a group comprising 9/11 family members, first responders and survivors, indeed did submit over 30,000 valid signatures to put the referendum for a new 9/11 investigation before the voters of New York City this November.
In an earlier letter from the City Clerk dated July 24, 2009, the City had claimed only 26,003 signatures were valid, 3,997 short of the requisite 30,000. The City’s concession that over 30,000 of the 52,000 signatures submitted were in fact valid paves the way for lawyers from both sides to argue the legality of petition.
Asked whether he thought NYC CAN could overcome the City’s challenge to the legality of the petition, legal counsel to the petitioners, Dennis McMahon, said, “Absolutely. Although the City has an incredibly successful record of shooting down ballot initiatives, we will be arguing from a fresh perspective that reflects the unprecedented events of 9/11. We believe the courts will see how critical an issue this is, and be persuaded with our legal reasoning and point of view.” A final determination on the legality of the petition will be reached in time for the referendum to be included on the November… Continue reading
Wednesday & Thursday Evening – LIVE From Oakland
Live Radio Broadcast — Keynote Speakers from the 911 Truth Film Festival
Will be archived here after the broadcasts by Friday.
Dylan Avery answers questions from the audience LIVE
Wednesday, Sept 9 at 9:20 pm Pacific — 12:20 am Eastern — 04:20 GMT
Q & A with Dylan Avery right after the West Coast Premiere of his new film, Loose Change, An American Coup. On Google alone, the preceding versions of “Loose Change” have been viewed nearly 125 million times. On YouTube the film has a combined viewership of over 30 million worldwide. More than two million copies of the DVD have been sold, and thousands more have been given away. The original “Loose Change” film has been translated into twenty-six languages and has spawned a truth movement around the world. The initial film had a budget of $2,000. This latest version, “Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup”, has an estimated budget of $1,000,000. “Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup” is available exclusively on DVD September 22, 2009.
Dr. David Ray Griffin speaks LIVE & answers questions from the audience.
Thursday, Sept 10 at 7:50 pm Pacific — 10:50 pm Eastern — 02:50 GMT
Introduced by Peter Phillips, a founder of Project Censored. David Ray Griffin has 2 new books which have just been released — The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7-Why the Final Official Report… Continue reading
by Jim Hoffman
Version 0.9; August 27, 2009
(Please refer to original article at this link for updated versions)
By now it’s quite predictable:
every year as the anniversary of the attack approaches,
some of the most established mainstream media brands
are pressed into service to sell the official story of 9/11.
The 2009 iteration of this spectacle
is notable for the contrast between
the designated brand
and the obligatory message.
That brand, best known for its high-brow photojournalistic
National Geographic Magazine,
has existed since 1889, complete with a non-profit Society dedicated to
education in geography, archaeology, history, world cultures,
and natural science.
One can’t help but wonder how National Geographic’s many benefactors
would feel if they understood how the brand was being
used to prop up the “War on Terror”
attack piece to be aired on August 31, 2009.
A web feature on the website of the
National Geographic Channel
provides a preview of the show
and a window into the methods and goals of the show’s producers.
Those methods are so heavy-handed that the critical reader
can’t help but see
that those goals are something very different from educating.
As an exercise, the reader might want to
read the one-page feature first,
and then compare notes with
my analysis of it below.
The 2009 documentary isn’t the first time the
National Geographic brand has been used to rubber-stamp
the official account of the attack.
On September 17,… Continue reading
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.