By Harry R. Weber (AP)
July 17, 2009
ATLANTA — A federal judge ruled Thursday that airlines and other companies in the industry that are being sued by families of terrorism victims can’t question FBI agents about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The defendants wanted to depose the agents and sought access to other evidence related to the investigation of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in order to show at trial that the government’s failure to catch the terrorists and prevent the attacks mitigates and excuses any alleged fault on the aviation companies’ part.
The government objected.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York said the defendants have also argued that the terrorists likely would have succeeded even if the defendants had exercised due care.
“The issues to be tried relate to the acts and omissions of the aviation defendants, not the government,” Hellerstein wrote in his ruling. “The government’s failures to detect and abort the terrorists’ plots would not affect the aviation defendants’ potential liability.”
There was no immediate comment from the defendants or their lawyers. Spokespersons for UAL Corp.’s United Airlines, AMR Corp.’s American Airlines and US Airways Group Inc. declined to comment. Lawyers for several airlines did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Other defendants include Delta Air Lines Inc., Continental Airlines Inc., AirTran Airways, Boeing Co. and several airport authorities and security companies.
The judge said he plans to set a trial date for the lawsuits involving three wrongful… Continue reading
On April 4th, 2004, my son Casey was killed serving the United States Army in Iraq during the illegal occupation started by the Bush Administration.
That illegal occupation was made possible because of the attacks that took place on September 11th, 2001, resulting in the deaths of 2,973 people.
Since that horrid day, victims’ family members have been doing everything within their power to seek justice and accountability for what happened, with little to no success. It is shameful that almost 8 years after the fact, they have been denied this. The official 9/11 commission report was a sham and a mockery of justice, not justice.
Currently, there is an effort underway in New York City to get a new investigation
onto the ballot by this November. The New York City Coalition for Accountability
Now (www.NYCCAN.org) is currently attempting
to get enough signatures to make this happen, and they need your help. I wholeheartedly
support and endorse this effort.
Please do what you can to support this effort, and thank you.
July 15, 2009
For eight years I have lobbied and supported investigations and litigation in an effort to learn the whole truth behind the death of my son Joseph and the murder of so many others. I’ve always been hopeful we’d get the answers we deserve and that we’d see accountability exacted within the halls of Congress, the White House, DoD, CIA, FBI, State and Justice Departments.
However, there are still too few answers to too many questions even as promotions and medals are handed out rather than pink slips or prosecutions. Excessive secrecy and redactions still cover-up the truth and leave us in the dark about: terrorist financing from still unnamed foreign nations, suspicious pre-9/11 stock market activity, pre-9/11 warnings to the President, the Attorney General and others, the infamous 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry Report, The Holy Land Trial, Riggs Bank wire transfers, faulty NYFD radios that didn’t work in ’93, Ground zero toxins breathed by thousands, a 9/11 narrative derived from torture induced testimony, etc., etc. I could go on and on.
No American who believes in his country should settle for being in the dark about all this over seven years after the event. I won’t and I can’t for the sake of my son and for the country. For this reason I feel compelled to support a new investigation in NYC led by family members and others who will produce an accounting we can be proud of.
Three thousand dead civilians. A President… Continue reading
tedwalter [at] nyccan.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2009
9/11 Families, First Responders and Survivors Gather at City Hall to
Endorse 2009 Ballot Referendum to Establish New Official 9/11 Investigation
in NYC, Call on New Yorkers for Support
New York – Outside City Hall today relatives of 9/11 victims, first responders
and survivors of the September 11th attacks gathered to endorse a November ballot
initiative to establish a new 9/11 investigation under the auspices of the city
government of New York. Support on the street is high, the group says, and polls
indicate a majority of New Yorkers wants a new investigation.
On June 24, the group leading the ballot initiative, the New York City Coalition
for Accountability Now (NYC CAN) filed a petition containing 52,000 signatures
with the office of the City Clerk. The official filing initiated a 60-day period
specified in Section 37 of the New York Municipal Home Rule Law in which the
City Council is asked to review the petition and approve its placement on the
upcoming November ballot.
Since this milestone filing, the group has gathered an additional 15,000 signatures
and received several endorsements from prominent leaders. Renowned whistleblower
and former FBI agent Coleen Rowley, who TIME magazine selected as one of three
“Persons of the Year” in 2002, endorsed a new investigation yesterday,
as reported by RAWSTORY (http://rawstory.com/blog/2009/07/ex-fbi-agent-why-i-support-a-new-911-investigation/).
Bill Doyle, who lost his son Joseph, has been an outspoken leader of an active
community of relatives of the… Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2009
Contact: Justin Keogh
Phone: (510) 292-4710
Electronic mail: http://www.ae911truth.org/contactus.php
Architect to Speak in DC on 9/11 World Trade Center Destruction
Professional group to present evidence to Congress
Berkeley, CA — Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 17, the nonprofit group DC911Truth will bring San Francisco Bay Area architect Richard Gage, AIA, to Washington, DC, for a series of public events and meetings with congressional representatives. Gage represents more than 700 architects and engineers who cite evidence for explosive demolition as the cause of the destruction of the three World Trade Center towers on 9/11. After careful examination of forensic data inconsistent with the official account, these professionals are calling for a new, independent investigation into the 9/11 attacks.
A practicing architect for more than 20 years, Gage is the founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth). Comprised of more than 4,500 total petition signers, members, architects, engineers, physicists and scientists, the organization contends at its website, AE911Truth.org, that the official FEMA and NIST reports fail to explain the towers’ destruction. The group’s evidence includes the admitted free-fall of Building 7, the constancy of the acceleration of the North Tower, and nanothermite residues in the WTC dust. Events
Coming up All This Week — Live VideoCast & News Reports
Richard Gage, AIA at Architect’s Convention in Washington DC.
Mon-Fri: July 13-17 on the spot reports — meetings with Congress & on the floor.
Live Video-cast Lecture Thurs. at 3 & 5pm Pacific – 6 & 8pm Eastern – 10:00 & 00:00 GMT
Click here to watch live VideoCasts when available.
Stay tuned to No Lies Radio for breaking news reports from DC.
719 Architects and Engineers Call for New Investigation of 9/11.
Evidence of Explosives Found in Destruction of All 3 WTC High-Rises.
Thousands of Architects at DC AIA Convention Come Face to Face With 9/11 Truth!!
AE911Truth will be speaking individually to your Congressional Reps and Senators.
AE911truth’s booth, with two large LCD screens, showing the dramatic demolitions of the WTC Twin Towers and Building 7, will stand out dramatically — and will present the opportunity to inform thousands of architects about long-evaded truths regarding the destruction of the 3 World Trade Center high-rises on 9/11. For more info and to sign their petition for a new investigation, visit ae911truth.org
July 14, 2009
It was the best turnout ever for the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth! Perhaps because we spoke in tandem with the new hard-hitting Fire Fighters for 9/11 Truth? The hard working dedicated 9/11 Truth folks in Seattle completely went to town on marketing and brought in a sea of 580 faces! The Universities were thoroughly canvassed — including the last minute faculty box stuffing at the Architecture Dept at the University of WA.
It was the best turnout ever for the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth speaking in tandem with the Fire Fighters for 9/11 Truth! The hard working dedicated 9/11 Truth folks in Seattle completely went to town on marketing and brought in a sea of 580 faces! The Universities were thoroughly canvassed — including the last minute faculty box stuffing at the Architecture Dept at the University of WA.
Erik Lawyer of FF911Truth and Richard Gage, AIA of AE911Truth double teamed the crowd for an hour each and then answered questions together for an hour. Before the event we had 45 believing that planes/fires brought down the twin towers and afterwards only 4! The remainder believed that controlled demolition was responsible. Before the event we had 61 who were unsure and after only 14. So 88% of what we could call newcomers were moved off of their positions! A total of 26 folks had not heard of bldg 7. We had 10 firefighters, 4 architects, and 14 engineers. 4 were… Continue reading
from Barrie Zwicker
July 14, 2009
Canadian-born James Douglass of Birmingham, Alabama is a Christian pacifist, a 9/11Truther and author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters (Orbis Books).
The book rose to number 31 on Amazon’s best seller list two weeks after Oliver Stone appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on June 26th last holding a copy of the 2008 book, which was shown on camera. Stone said it is a “great book.”
The question “why” that Douglass’s book addresses in the case of JFK’s assassination arguably is also the most important question concerning 9/11. Douglass recently has been added under “Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth” on http://PatriotsQuestion911.com
Douglass’s book deserves wide readership. It’s a tremendously well-researched work, one of the best of the 400+ books on JFK’s assassination. Douglass conducted original interviews with people now able and willing to talk after decades of silence. He also drew on thousands of recently released US government documents to reveal the logic of the plot to kill Kennedy. The plot’s purpose was not only to assassinate a president who was turning toward peace but also to implicate the Soviet Union and Cuba in his murder so as to justify pre-emptive attacks upon them. The parallels with 9/11 are highly educative.
Douglass’s editor, Robert Ellsberg, feels the Stone endorsation is a peg upon which to “re-promote” the book. I agree and commend it thoroughly to all frequenters of 911blogger.com. For the Stone interview, go to… Continue reading
The CIA assassination programme that was recently in the media was actually first partially revealed by the Washington Post in 2005, when details enabling his originator to be identified were published. The programme made news in the last few days as CIA Director Leon Panetta admitted that the agency withheld information about it from Congress, although the CIA never actually used it to assassinate anybody. Nevertheless, the programme’s “duties” seem to have been taken over by something journalist Seymour Hersh called an “executive assassination wing” that was run out of the Office of Vice President Dick Cheney, and this grouping did go on missions and kill people.
The programme was first mentioned in Dana Priest’s groundbreaking article that highlighted the existence of the CIA’s network of black sites, CIA Holds Terror Subjects in Secret Prisons, which was published in November 2005. Priest wrote of the programme:
The CTC’s chief of operations argued for creating hit teams of case officers and CIA paramilitaries that would covertly infiltrate countries in the Middle East, Africa and even Europe to assassinate people on the list, one by one.
But many CIA officers believed that the al-Qaeda leaders would be worth keeping alive to interrogate about their network and other plots. Some officers worried that the CIA would not be very adept at assassination.
“We’d probably shoot ourselves,” another former senior CIA official said.
This section of the article was ignored… Continue reading
By Coleen Rowley
July 14, 2009
In the absence of my being there in New York City to stand with the 9/11 families,
first responders and survivors, I offer the following statement in support of
your goal of a new investigation into the attacks of September 11th and the
NYC CAN campaign to place it on the ballot for November.
At the time of 9-11, I had been an FBI agent for over 20 years.
My main responsibilities by then were teaching criminal procedure to FBI agents
and other law enforcement officers, mostly about 4th Amendment search and seizure,
5th and 6th Amendment law of interrogation, right to attorney and constitutional
protection of rights to “free speech”, due process, habeas corpus,
and against cruel and unusual punishment. A week before 9-11, I and the rest
of the FBI’s ethics instructors were mandated (as a result of an earlier
public FBI scandal) to give a one hour PowerPoint presentation, a form of remedial
training on “law enforcement ethics” which I accomplished in a fairly
perfunctory way, just reading the slides.
After 9-11, with the knowledge I had of the bitter internal dispute inside
the FBI that was being hushed up but had kept some of our better agents from
possibly uncovering more of the 9-11 plot before it happened, I couldn’t
forget two of the slides in that Law Enforcement ethics curriculum: “DO
NOT: Puff, Shade, Tailor, Firm up, Stretch, Massage, or Tidy up statements of
fact.” And “Misplaced Loyalties:… Continue reading
July 14, 2009
For years now, New Yorkers, Americans in general, and millions around the world
have been plagued with deeply troubling questions about what really happened
on September 11th, 2001. Let down and betrayed by the non-findings of the farcical
911 Commission and its white-washed “report”, victim’s family members
and patriotic citizens have taken matters into their own hands by using the
peaceful and democratic means of the New York State Constitution to resolve
The New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN) has filed a petition
containing 52,000 signatures calling for a referendum on the creation of a New
York City independent commission to begin an investigation with power of subpoena.
Unlike the 9/11 Commission, this one will not simply support the least inconvenient
conclusions using cherry picked evidentiary findings. Instead it will carefully
examine ALL of the evidence, including that which suggests that explosive, controlled
demolition was the true cause of the high-rise collapses witnessed that day.
This is a historic opportunity to make real progress towards accountability
and justice in the single most relevant, unresolved event of modern times. It
is an opportunity for REAL change, and it is one that America cannot afford
to waste. In order to override City Council if the referendum is vetoed, NYC
CAN needs only 20,000 more signatures, which would virtually ensure that the
voice of the people not be muted or ignored in this matter. If NYC CAN gets
these 20,000 signatures, the referendum WILL go on the ballot, and New York
City will be able to vote for justice!…
By David Seifman
July 14, 2009
New York Post
Some 9/11 families are pushing for a November referendum to create a city commission
with subpoena powers to study the attacks, The Post has learned.
Officials are taking the effort seriously, since the group, the New York City
Coalition for Accountability Now, submitted 52,000 signatures and is paying
the $75,000 cost of counting and verifying them. …
July 12, 2009
by Christina Lamb in Karachi
Osama bin Laden and the top Al-Qaeda leadership are not in Pakistan, making US missile attacks against them futile, according to the country’s interior minister.
“If Osama was in Pakistan we would know, with all the thousands of troops we have sent into the tribal areas in recent months,” Rehman Malik told The Sunday Times. “If he and all these four or five top people were in our area they would have been caught, the way we are searching.”
He added: “According to our information Osama is in Afghanistan, probably Kunar, as most of the activities against Pakistan are being directed from Kunar.”
Washington does not directly acknowledge its missile attacks on Pakistani territory by unmanned drone aircraft but Pakistani officials say the US has carried out more than 40 attacks inside its borders in the past 10 months, killing hundreds of people.
CIA officials claim these attacks have been highly effective in disrupting Al-Qaeda’s ability to operate. However, Malik insists they are a waste of time because the Al-Qaeda leadership is on the other side of the border in eastern Afghanistan.
“They’re getting mid-level people not big fish,” he said. “And they are counterproductive because they are killing civilians and turning locals against our government. We try to win people’s hearts, then one drone attack drives them away. One attack alone last week killed 50 people.”
US officials in Islamabad say Pakistan’s government is being disingenuous, claiming to oppose the… Continue reading
Below are key excerpts of important news articles you may have missed. These articles include revealing information on US government plans to launch swine flu vaccinations in the fall, a report of widespread torture at the US secret prison at Bagram, Afghanistan, revelations that weapons inspector David Kelly’s mysterious death may have been related to his intention to expose a worldwide black market in weaponized anthrax, and more. Each excerpt is taken verbatim from the major media website listed at the link provided. If any link fails to function, click here. The most important sentences are highlighted for those with limited time. By choosing to educate ourselves and to spread the word, we can and will build a brighter future.
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Tod Fletcher and Fred Burks for PEERS and the WantToKnow.info Team
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July 10, 2009, Washington Post
School-age children will be a key target= population for a pandemic flu vaccine in the fall, and they may be vaccinated at school in a mass campaign not seen since the polio epidemics of the 1950s.…Continue reading
Note: The author is indebted to a few particularly useful sources of information and inspiration, including Russ Baker’s book “Family of Secrets”, the websites nndb.com, sourcewatch.org and secinfo.com, and Richard Gage.
On occasion, the public has been asked by George W. Bush to refrain from considering certain conspiracy theories. Bush has made such requests when people were looking into crimes in which he might be culpable. For example, when in 1994 Bush’s former company Harken Energy was linked to the fraudulent Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) through several investors, Bush’s spokeswoman, Karen Hughes, shut down the inquiry by telling the Associated Press — “We have no response to silly conspiracy theories.” On another occasion, Bush said in a televised speech — “Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th.”
But paradoxically, we have also been asked to believe Bush’s own outrageous conspiracy theory about 9/11, one that has proven to be false in many ways. One important way to see the false nature of Bush’s conspiracy theory is to note the fact that the World Trade Center buildings could only have fallen as they did through the use of explosives. A number of independent scientific studies have pointed out this fact [1, 2, 3, 4], but it was Bush’s own scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through their inability to provide a convincing defense of… Continue reading
By Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff
July 9, 2009
An international truth emergency, now in evidence, is the result of fraudulent
elections, compromised 9/11 investigations, illegal preemptive wars, and continued
top down corporate media propaganda across the spectrum on public issues. Glenn
Beck recently was able to say on national Fox News television that 9/11 Truth
people openly supported the shooting at the Holocaust Museum. Beck claimed that
9/11 truth proponents see James von Brunn as a “hero.” Beck’s
statement is completely without factual merit and represents a hyperrealist
slamming of a group already slanderously pre-labeled by the corporate media
as “conspiracy theorists.”
Conspiracies tend to be actions by small groups of individuals rather than massive
collective plots by entire governments. However, small groups can be dangerous,
especially when the individuals have significant power in huge public and private
bureaucracies. Corporate boards of directors meet in closed rooms to plan to
how best to maximize profit. If they knowingly make plans that hurt others,
violate laws, undermine ethics, or show favoritism to friends, they are involved
in a conspiracy.
The main method of critics of unofficial investigations into 9/11, election
fraud, and other controversial issues is to lump together all the questions
and/or lines of inquiry as if they all have equal validity. Obviously, they
do not. This, however, allows critics to dismiss fact-based, transparent inquiries
into major problems with official explanations of these crucial matters by focusing
on the most absurd claims only. These are fallacies of overgeneralization, straw… Continue reading
by John-Michael P. Talboo
A lecture given by Dr. Steven E. Jones in Sacramento, California on April 30, 2009. This talk reveals the discovery of Nano-thermite in the dust from the 9/11 catastrophe. Standard thermite is an incendiary compound invented in 1893 and is made by mixing powders of iron oxide (rust) and aluminum. Once ignited, the aluminum grabs and bonds to the oxygen from the iron oxide. This reaction releases clouds of aluminum oxide and generates very high temperatures in the elemental iron. This high temperature iron easily melts steel. Tiny spheres of iron were also discovered in the World Trade Center dust and are evidence that a thermite reaction took place on 9/11. Nano-thermite, a highly engineered energetic composite was conceived around 1990 and by 2000 it had been weaponized and was manufactured in large quantities in top secret military laboratories. This nano form of thermite does not just burn extremely hot, it is explosive. In this video, Dr. Steven Jones announces the publication of the recent paper ‘Active Thermitic Material Discovered in the Dust from the 9/11 Catastrophe’ published April, 2009. The implications of this peer reviewed paper are profound. Steven Jones also updates us on various facets of the quest to repudiate the ‘official conspiracy theory’ i.e. the Government/Mainstream media version of what happened on 9/11, and describes current efforts the create a legitimate investigation with real subpoena power.
The peer… Continue reading
by Jon Gold
July 11, 2009
A long time ago, I spent some time looking into the flights that took members of the Saudi Royals, as well as members of the Bin Laden family out of the country in the days, and weeks after 9/11. Here is what I found.
According to Richard Clarke during his testimony (yea, yea, call me lazy for linking to Michael Moore’s site) at both the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the 9/11 Commission Hearings, he stated the following:
“Now, what I recall is that I asked for flight manifests of everyone on board and all of those names need to be directly and individually vetted by the FBI before they were allowed to leave the country. And I also wanted the FBI to sign off even on the concept of Saudis being allowed to leave the country. And as I recall, all of that was done. It is true that members of the Bin Laden family were among those who left. We knew that at the time. I can’t say much more in open session, but it was a conscious decision with complete review at the highest levels of the State Department and the FBI and the White House.” Testimony of Richard Clarke, Former Counterterrorism Chief, National Security Council, before The Senate Judiciary Committee, September 3, 2003.
“I was making or coordinating a lot of decisions on 9/11 and the days immediately after. And I would love to be able to… Continue reading