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National Geographic Channel on 9/11: Manipulation vs. Objectivity

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:

Jim Hoffman, National Geographic Does 9/11: Another Icon Debased in Service of the Big Lie

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

National Geographic special on 9/11, exchange of emails with Robert Erickson, producer (3/2009)

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:

Robert,

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?

1. http://awards.lanl.gov/PDFfiles/Super-Thermite_Electric_Matches_2003.pdf
[quoting]
Super-Thermite Electric Matches
Applications

The principal application is in the entertainment industry, which uses fireworks displays for a variety of venues, such as sporting… Continue reading

5th Annual 9/11 Film Festival – Oakland, California, September 9-13, 2009

5th Annual 9/11 Film Festival
A Benefit for Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
and NYC Coalition for Accountability Now

The 2009 5th Annual 9/11 Film Festival will be held Wednesday and Thursday, September 9th & 10th, 2009

at the Grand Lake Theater


3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland

For up-to-date information, please see http://communitycurrency.org/filmfestival2009.html (or
http://norcal9-11filmfestival-hc.blogspot.com/).

Tickets are $10 for each day and are now available. They may be purchased
at locations in the Bay Area (full list below, at end of this story), at the door, or via email here: Email tickets.


Wednesday Evening, 9/9/2009, we will be holding the World Premiere of

Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup


with film maker – Dylan Avery

and special guests

Richard Gage, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
artist/author Janette McKinlay (who wrote Fortunate: A Personal Diary of 9/11)
David Ray Griffin, Theologian, author

Bonnie Faulkner, host of KPFA’s Guns and Butter will be the mistress of ceremonies.

Thursday films will begin at noon, 9/10/2009. We will be premiering

Anthrax War



with film maker Eric Nadler.

Eric Nadler is an author, TV producer and filmmaker. He has written
for Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Harpers and the New Republic and his films
have been been featured on PBS, the Sundance Channel and Court TV in the United
States and broadcast internationally. He has produced several PBS Frontline
programs, including BCCI- Bank of Crooks and Criminals and The Secret Arming… Continue reading

Guns and Butter Interviews Paul Zarembka, Editor of ‘The Hidden History of 9/11′

Cover of The Hidden History of 9/11 Paul Zarembka will be interviewed today on his excellent 9/11 book, The Hidden History of 9/11 . The one-hour broadcast will aired on Bonnie Faulkner’s KPFA program ‘Guns and Butter: The Economics of Politics’, where she has given considerable attention to 9-11 on her program for many years.

The interview can be heard at 4 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Pacific, available at http://www.kpfa.org/

Bonnie Faulkner of Guns & Butter interviews Paul Zarembka

It will also be available as an archive thereafter at http://www.kpfa.org/node/34

Show Editor’s Note: »

UPDATE 7/25/09 Paul Zarembka will be a guest on John Rodger’s blogtalk radio show tomorrow, Sunday, July 26, at 5pm PST. Listen here. UPDATE 7/23/09

Audio of this interview is now available online: http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23122.htm

How much insider trading occurred in the days leading up to 9/11? How compromised is the evidence against alleged hijackers because of serious authentication problems with a key Dulles Airport videotape? To what extent does the testimony of more than five hundred firefighters differ from official reports of what happened at the World Trade Center buildings that day? How inseparably connected are Western covert operations to al-Qaeda? How is Islamophobia used to sustain US imperialism?

Paul Zarembka is a professor of economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Since 1977, he has been the general editor for Research in Political Economy . He has authored Toward a Theory of Economic Development , edited Frontiers in Econometrics , and co-edited Essays in Modern Capital Theory.

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Bin Laden: Dead or Alive? Guns & Butter Interview with author David Ray Griffin

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GUNS AND BUTTER with Bonnie Faulkner

Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive? — David Ray Griffin
Interview with David Ray Griffin about his new book, “Osama bin Laden Dead or Alive?“. We examine all the evidence, both that indicating bin Laden died, and that suggesting he is still alive; the important bin Laden videos and audio recordings, the significance, if any, in the timing of their release; statements by significant political and intelligence figures; and why the hunt for bin Laden must proceed.

Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation

Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation (Includes The 8 Traits of A Disinformationalist)
by H. Michael Sweeney copyright (c) 1997, 2000 All rights reserved (Revised April 2000)

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Built upon Thirteen Techniques for Truth Suppression by David Martin, the following may be useful to the initiate in the world of dealing with veiled and half-truth, lies, and suppression of truth when serious crimes are studied in public forums. This, sadly, includes every day news media, one of the worst offenders with respect to being a source of disinformation. Where the crime involves a conspiracy, or a conspiracy to cover up the crime, there will invariably be a disinformation campaign launched against those seeking to uncover and expose the truth and/or the conspiracy. There are specific tactics which disinfo artists tend to apply, as revealed here. Also included with this material are seven common traits of the disinfo artist which may also prove useful in identifying players and motives.

The more a particular party fits the traits and is guilty of following the rules, the more likely they are a professional disinfo artist with a vested motive. People can be bought, threatened, or blackmailed into providing disinformation, so even “good guys” can be suspect in many cases.
 

Editor’s Note:
This excellent article was posted at 911blogger this weekend at “Free’s” blog, and is followed by thoughtful, interesting comments and discussion.

UPDATE 7/21/09: A reader’s excellent suggestions have been added at the end of this article.

 

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How the FBI and 9/11 Commission Suppressed Key Evidence about Hani Hanjour, alleged hijack pilot of AAL 77

June 28, 2009 (updated July 7, 2009)
by Mark H. Gaffney, Author of The 9/11 Mystery Plane and the Vanishing of America

The evidence was crucial because it undermined the official explanation that Hani Hanjour crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon at high speed after executing an extremely difficult top gun maneuver. But to understand how all of this played out, let us review the case in bite-size pieces…

In August 2004 when the 9/11 Commission completed its official investigation of the September 11, 2001 attack, the commission transfered custody of its voluminous records to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).[1] There, the records remained under lock and key for four and a half years, until last January when NARA released a fraction of the total for public viewing. Each day, more of the released files are scanned and posted on the Internet, making them readily accessible. Although most of the newly-released documents are of little interest, the files I will discuss in this article contain important new information.

As we know, the 9/11 Commission did not begin its work until 2003——more than a year after the fact. By this time a number of journalists had already done independent research and published articles about various facets of 9/11. Some of this work was of excellent quality. T he Washington Post, for example, interviewed aviation experts who stated that the plane allegedly piloted by Hani Hanjour [AA Flight 77] had been flown “with extraordinary skill, making it highly… Continue reading

It’s Time to Speak Truth to Power

By James Hufferd, Ph.D.
Founder, 911 Truth of Central Iowa

When I was living in Brazil as an academic two decades ago, the country’s
powerful military, after years of running the show, cut a deal with the ascendant
progressive civilian politicians giving them full latitude unimpeded within
a certain sphere, but leaving other aspects of the country’s affairs strictly
and permanently under military control. The result was Brazil’s new Constitution
of 1988, which made voting a compulsory duty of citizenship. As a result, no
non-progressive candidate for the presidency has gotten anywhere since. But
elective civilian power is strictly limited.

It strikes me that the relationship between the constitutional government
of the U.S. and its para-military security services, the tools of shadow dictators
of multinational mega-business, has gotten to be strikingly similar. If my observation
is correct, it would largely explain the seeming cowardice and complicit status
of the whole Congress, vis-à-vis the rogue executive branch and its repeated
trampling of the Constitution in recent years: Congress, including its progressives,
simply knows where the line is. And Congress knows, even in advance, that the
Executive, brought to heel by the shadow government’s board of directors,
will disdain the Constitution and public opinion in carrying out its ruthlessly
enforceable “agreement” with the true sovereigns of the United States.

I am as dismayed as anyone that our new, more progressive President has not
so far turned out to be a change agent in the vital sphere of civil liberties
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9/11 Truth Comes Home

Frank Morales
June, 2009

It’s late spring 2009 in New York City and an unannounced unidentified U.S. government plane streaks across town. Recollecting the horrors of 9/11, the incident scares the he-be-gee-bees out of the citizenry. Some miles to the north, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D/NY), while attending an April 18th “Tour of the Battenkill” annual bicycle race in Cambridge, New York, responds to a question regarding efforts here in New York City to establish a new investigation of 9/11. Lending his qualified support to such an inquiry, he said that he was positively disposed toward a new investigation into the events of 9/11, though his support for such a probe would depend on the form it would take. “I think it’s not a bad idea,” he said. “You know, you’ve got to do it in a good way, but yes, I’d be for it.”

An associate of Schumer, New York State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, also recommended a fresh look at the events of September 11, 2001. Commenting this past May 27th to a young reporter who himself had suffered the loss of a loved one during 9/11, the senator responded to the question of a new investigation by suggesting that “another review, or a fuller hearing” is warranted given the number of unanswered questions put forward by victims families since 9/11. “I think those questions should be answered,” she stated, going on to affirm that, “it’s important that every family member have every question answered.”

Senators Schumer and… Continue reading

Truth Advocate Newsletter, May 2009

THE TRUTH ADVOCATE NEWSLETTER – MAY 29, 2009

Dear Truth Advocate,

We’re writing with updates on some recent happenings, and a few highlights of what’s been posted at 911truth.org in the last month. If you haven’t checked the site lately, you’ll find a lot of important material.

ACTIONS

9/11 Truth Groups continue their work with amazing persistence and dedication all over the world. A list of contacts for many groups can be found at our Grassroots Organizers page. Not all have a group meeting, but are willing to be contacts to get more going in their area. If you are interested in being listed as a contact for your area, click here .

TruthAction.org continues the lead in helping organize and report on 11th of Every Month Actions, and we encourage you to get linked up there if you are (or would like to) organize or participate in these. Then, don’t forget to post them on our Calendar so we can help promote.

Our Calendar provides access to details of events posted by organizers. We know there are many more events happening than are currently listed–we’ve set it up so that anyone can post their own events, with as much information as possible, so please feel free to utilize that calendar.

  NYC CAN: The NYC Coalition for Accountability Now continues to make great strides in gathering enough petition signatures to place an initiative for a new and independent 9/11 investigation on the NYCCAN Logoballot for the November, 2009 city elections. This week they announced having gathered over 40,000 signatures!…

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OBL: The Eight-Year-Long Psychological Operation

By Thomas C. Fletcher
Review of new book by David Ray Griffin, Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive?
Amazon.com

OSAMA BIN LADEN: DEAD OR ALIVE? by David Ray Griffin is a crucially important and timely examination of the whole range of evidence bearing on the question, is Osama bin Laden still alive? The importance of this question for the present comes from the fact that the United States under its new president is escalating its offensive in Afghanistan and expanding the war into Pakistan, and has claimed that the “hunt for bin Laden” is one of its principal motivations for doing so. Either explicitly or implicitly, the US government and major media outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post continue to assert that bin Laden is alive, hiding in the tribal territories on the “AfPak” border, posing an undiminished threat to US security.

In his gripping new book, Griffin strikes at the root of this pretext for war by closely examining all the evidence that has come out since September 11, 2001, either indicating that bin Laden is still alive or that he is in fact dead. His conclusion is that bin Laden is certainly dead, and that in all likelihood he died in very late 2001. Griffin shows that many US experts in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency came to this very same conclusion long ago, but their views, which do not support the continuation of what President Obama, borrowing the term from Dick Cheney, calls “the long… Continue reading

New Book by David Ray Griffin, ‘Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive?’

Griffin--Bin Laden Dead or Alive cover

The US’s political discourse and foreign policy in recent years has been based on the assumption that Osama bin Laden is still alive. George W. Bush promised as president that he would get Osama bin Laden “dead or alive” and has been widely criticized for failing to do so. The US’s present military escalation in Afghanistan is said to be necessary to “get Osama bin Laden.” The news media regularly announce the appearance of new “messages from bin Laden.” But what if Osama bin Laden died in December 2001–which is the last time a message to or from him was intercepted?

In this book, David Ray Griffin examines the evidence for the claim–made by everyone from former CIA agent Robert Baer to Oliver North–that bin Laden is surely no longer with us. He analyzes the purported messages from bin Laden and finds that, as many have suspected, they do not provide evidence of bin Laden’s existence after 2001. This leads naturally to the question: if Osama bin Laden did indeed die in 2001, how and why have dozens of “messages from bin Laden” appeared since then?

Griffin’s meticulous analysis supports above all one simple and urgent conclusion: if Osama bin Laden is dead, the US should not be using its troops and treasure to hunt him down.

David Ray Griffin has published 35 books on philosophy, religion, and politics. His most recent book, The New Pearl Harbor Revisited, was a Publishers Weekly “Pick of the Week” in 2008. His… Continue reading

9/11: Time for a Second Look

by David Ray Griffin

My lecture is entitled “9/11: Time for a Second Look.” In suggesting that it is time for people to take a second look at 9/11, I have in mind primarily people who decided long ago that the attacks of 9/11 happened essentially the way the Bush-Cheney administration and the official reports about 9/11 said they happened, and who therefore decided that the so-called 9/11 Truth Movement, which disputes that account, is comprised of crazy conspiracy theorists with no capacity to evaluate evidence objectively. Having formed these views long ago, such people, including most journalists, have been impervious to any arguments presented by the Truth Movement. They simply roll their eyes and move on.

However, both the Truth Movement and the available evidence have changed dramatically in the past three years. Because of these changes, it is not rational to reject the claims of this movement out of hand, without taking a second look. If you are a person who has had such an attitude, you cannot, in the face of these changes, simply roll your eyes without exhibiting the very irrationality of which you accuse the people you dismiss as “conspiracy theorists.”

My lecture is also addressed, albeit indirectly, to fellow members of the Truth Movement. Some members have decided that, now that Bush and Cheney are out of office and the Obama administration has reversed some of their 9/11-based policies, getting the truth about 9/11 revealed is no longer so important. Other members of the… Continue reading

The Truth is Not Enough: How to Overcome Emotional Barriers to 9/11 Truth

by Ken Jenkins

How many times has this happened to you? You are explaining to someone some of the rational, logical reasons why the official story of 9/11 can’t be true, perhaps explaining how WTC 7 fell in the exact manner of a professionally planned controlled demolition — a job which would typically take weeks to prepare — when out comes a ‘thought stopper’ phrase like:

“That’s just another conspiracy theory !” or …

“Do you also believe in Big Foot and tin foil hats?”

Or perhaps the person gets angry and/or agitated. Facts no longer matter at that point, and you can tell the person does not want to hear any more. For example, the following response came from someone after they were given a 20-minute summary of 9/11 Truth information:

“I wouldn’t believe that, even if it were true!”

That reaction defies all logic and reason. But it clearly illustrates just how irrational some peoples’ defenses can be. Here are a few more honest responses/defenses:

“As long as my wife and kids are fine and we can live the life style we have, the truth is, I don’t really care what happened on 9/11.” “I would not want to live in a world where such a thing could be true.” “You can’t expect someone to listen to information that turns their world upside down.” “I’m not sure I want to know. If this is true, then up would be down and down would be up. My life would… Continue reading

Major 9/11 Breakthrough in Japan, Spectacular Support for Yukihisa Fujita

by Heiner Buecker

http://www.911video.de

Poster of Major 9/11 Breakthrough in Japan

 

Major 9/11 Breakthrough in Japan, Spectacular Support for Yukihisa Fujita

Yukihisa Fujita, a member of the Upper House of the Japanese Parliament has recently published a
book titled:

“Questioning 9/11 in Japan’s Parliament – Can Obama Change the USA?”

Co-authors of book are David Ray Griffin, Yumi Kikuchi, Akira Dojimaru and Chihaya.

Councilor Fujita is a current member and former director of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense. In this function he questioned 9/11 three times in parliament. Fujita claims that 9/11, as the main reason for the “War on Terror,” needs to be newly investigated in order to find peaceful solutions.

On April 8 there was a formal reception on the occasion of the publishing of Mr. Fujita’s book at the Tokyo Dome Hotel.

The event was organized and promoted by a large group of Mr. Fujita’s supporters including the Chairman of the daily newspaper Japan Times, several leading representatives of the Democratic Party and several business executives. They hosted the event in honour of Mr. Fujita.

Yumi Kikuchi, a well known peace and 9/11 activist, first presented a video lecture that had been prepared by co-author of the book, Akira Dojimaru, who lives in Spain and was not present at the event. The presentation explained in great detail the numerous main points that completely contradict the official 9/11 account of the US administration and the mainstream media. It was made clear that 9/11 is used to constantly justify wars.

Takao Iwami,… Continue reading

Interview with Ken Jenkins – Tuesday, 4/21

Live interview with videographer and 9/11 truth activist, Ken Jenkins, on No Lies Radio’s “Fair & Balanced,” Tuesday, 4/21/09, at 9:00 am Pacific – 12:00 Noon Eastern – 17:00 GMT. (The interview
will be archived at noliesradio after the broadcast, by Tuesday evening.) Ken Jenkins is an electrical engineer, videographer, and 9/11 truth activist who is one of the few experts on both the scientific and psychological aspects of 9/11. He has worked extensively with Dr. David Ray Griffin, and has been instrumental in getting 9/11 truth DVDs to a broad audience. His new article The Truth is Not Enough: How to Overcome Emotional Barriers to 9/11 Truth will be published in the forthcoming 2009 edition of Global Outlook.

Click Here To Listen: http://noliesradio.org

Email your questions now. Deadline for questions is 9pm Pacific Time, Monday, April 20th. Not all emailed questions will be answered on the air.

David Ray Griffin Tour – Boston and London Reports

“It’s time for a second look on the 9/11 events”

By Angela Corrias on April 16, 2009

Heralddeparis.com

LONDON (Herald de Paris) – “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” Quoting Upton Sinclair, professor David Ray Griffin addressed an attentive audience at the City University of London last Tuesday for almost three hours in the first of the ten appointments of his European tour entitled “9/11: Time for a Second Look,” a second and deeper look at the events that eight years ago cost almost 3,000 american citizens their lives, and that were used as the root cause to wage war to Afghanistan first and among the excuses for the invasion of Iraq.

Since 2003, hundreds between scholars, engineers, architects, political and religious leaders, lawyers, medical professionals, pilots, senior military and intelligence officers, firefighters, artists and media professionals from all over the world have joined him in his call for an unflinching investigation over the 9/11 attacks since, he maintains, the explanations provided by the Bush/Cheney administration are inconsistent and false.

Griffin pointed out that since 2001 the only investigations were carried out by agencies aligned with and employed by the Bush/Cheney administration, such as the NIST, and that their findings are in striking contrast with the results of independent researchers and experts, making an independent investigation essential to establish what really happened and who is behind 9/11 attacks.

Recently, independent researchers have brought to light the presence… Continue reading

Griffin Tour begins tomorrow, April 7, in Pennsylvania

Professor David Ray Griffin, renowned author of a series of eye-opening books
that recount his painstaking research into the attacks of September 11, 2001,
begins his new European tour in London on 14th April. Stressing the fact that
the time has come for a second look at the events of that fateful day, the tour
will include stops in Paris, Brussels and Madrid, and several other cities.

Professor Griffin’s talks will afford the public an excellent opportunity
to learn more about the fundamental questions surrounding 9/11. The 9/11 Truth
Movement, which started out as a disparate, grass-roots undertaking, has blossomed
into a serious community that now includes many specialized branches, such as
Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, Lawyers for 9/11 Truth,
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth,
Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth, Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth, Veterans
for 9/11 Truth, and Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice (a group which includes
a significant number of prominent scientists). Many former intelligence officers
also support the movement and have contributed to the ever-growing list of evidence
that proves far beyond a reasonable doubt that the explanations provided by
the Bush-Cheney administration are quite simply false.

US Tour
Details below

European Tour
Details at Time
for a Second Look – European Tour

April 7 – Wayne, Pennsylvania April 14 – London May 7 – Lucerne
April 8 – Poughkeepsie, NY (Vassar) April 15 – Brussels May 9 – Hamburg
April 9 – Portsmouth, New Hampshire April 17 – Paris May 11 – Stockholm
April 10 – Keene, New Hampshire April 18 – Lausanne May 13 – Trondheim
April 11 – Boston, Massachusetts April 20 – Madrid May 14 – Oslo

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