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Popular Mechanics Attacks Its “9/11 LIES” Straw Man

by Jim Hoffman
Version 1.0, February 7, 2005

http://911research.wtc7.net/essays/pm/

The Hearst-owned Popular Mechanics magazine takes aim at the 9/11 Truth Movement with a cover story in its March 2005 edition. Sandwiched between ads and features for monster trucks, Nascar paraphenelia, and off-road racing are twelve dense and brilliantly designed pages purporting to debunk the myths of 9/11.

The article’s approach is to identify the 9/11 skeptics movement with a series of mostly physical-evidence issues, while entirely ignoring vast bodies of evidence that only insiders had the means, motive, and opportunity to carry out the attack.

The article gives no hint of the put options on the targeted airlines, warnings received by government and corporate officials, complicit behavior by top officials, obstruction of justice by a much larger group, or obvious frauds in the official story. Instead it attacks a mere 16 claims of its choosing, which it asserts are the “most prevalent” among “conspiracy theorists.” The claims are grouped into themes which cover some of the subjects central to the analysis of 9-11 Research. However, for each theme, the article presents specious claims to divert the reader from understanding the issue. For example, the three pages devoted to attacking the Twin Towers’ demolition present three red-herring claims and avoid the dozens of points I feature in my presentations, such as the Twin Towers’ Demolition.

The article brackets its distortion of the issues highlighted by 9/11 skeptics with smears against the skeptics themselves, whom… Continue reading

9/11: The Myth and the Reality

by David Ray Griffin
(Authorized Version)

This lecture was delivered March 30, 2006, at Grand Lake Theater in Oakland for Progressive Democrats of the East Bay. Abbreviated versions of it were given in San Francisco for the Democratic World Federalists on April 2 and the Commonwealth Club on April 3.

Although I am a philosopher of religion and theologian, I have spent most of my time during the past three years on 9/11—studying it, writing about it, and speaking about it. In this lecture, I will try to make clear why I believe this issue worthy of so much time and energy. I will do this in terms of the distinction between myth and reality.

I am here using the term “myth” in two senses. In one sense, a myth is an idea that, while widely believed, is false, failing to correspond with reality.

In a deeper sense, which is employed by students of religion, a myth serves as an orienting and mobilizing story for a people, a story that reminds them who they are and why they do what they do. When a story is called as a myth in this sense—which we can call Myth with a capital M—the focus is not on the story’s relation to reality but on its function. This orienting and mobilizing function is possible, moreover, only because Myths with a capital M have religious overtones. Such a Myth is a Sacred Story.

However, although to note that a story functions as a Myth… Continue reading

Manuel Garcia Sees Physics That Don’t Exist

 

Editor’s Note:
In his latest article, Kevin Ryan exposes Manuel Garcia’s Counterpunch trifecta of articles to reality testing. They fail miserably. Garcia’s explanations for the collapse of the Twin Towers rest on unsupported speculation and scientific jargon rather than facts. Ryan rightly points out that first NIST, and then Garcia, rely on evidentiary uncertainty to draw untenable conclusions rather than consider an hypothesis that is abhorrent to them. This is not surprising, perhaps, given that NIST is government-funded and Garcia is a US weapons scientist.

Garcia’s avoidance of the demolition scenario may also explain his resorting to what Ryan calls “creative guesswork” in attempting to explain the collapse of WTC 7. Whatever the best explanation is for the still-unsatisfactorily explained collapse of WTC 7, Garcia does not advance our understanding in his three-part bit of speculation.

 
Another Opportunity to Understand Our Predicament

Over the years we’ve heard from a few educated people who claim to understand and support the latest story given by the US government for the unprecedented destruction of the WTC buildings. Unfortunately, those folks usually turn out to either work for the Bush Administration directly, like FEMA and NIST, or are in some other way profiting from the War on Terror. Some people accept what these Bush scientists say because they have PhDs in scientific fields, or because certain media sources promote the official myths. In a way, the curious behavior of these scientists and media sources allows us to better see the predicament we… Continue reading

9/11: Looking for Truth in Credentials: The Peculiar WTC

by Kevin Ryan

Global Research
March 13, 2007

When Matthew Rothschild, editor of the online magazine The Progressive, wrote an article called “Enough of the 9/11 Conspiracies, Already”, we all knew he was not talking about the conspiracy theory that the US government sells us to justify the expanding 9/11 Wars.[1] To the contrary, in writing that article Mr. Rothschild was selling that same theory himself. What he actually meant was that people should not question the US government’s story of terror because credentialed experts have been found to support it. But the fact is that the experts found to support the official conspiracy theory of 9/11 are predominantly those who profit from doing so. That’s not to say that all of these people were “part of the conspiracy”. But they are, whether consciously or not, a part of the cover-up. And that, of course, is the greater crime.

The Bush Administration employed a number of such credentialed experts to give us multiple explanations for the unprecedented destruction of three tall steel-framed buildings at the World Trade Center (WTC). Unfortunately, all of those explanations have proven to be false, and this fact reminds us that academic credentials don’t necessarily make a person more capable, or more likely, to tell the truth.

Exactly how they could find so many experts on the fire-induced collapse of tall buildings is not immediately clear, considering such an event had never happened before. But it did help that the questions were quickly framed as being… Continue reading

Independent Investigators Release Suppressed Blueprints of Destroyed World Trade Center Tower

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Victoria Ashley, STJ911 committee member
Phone: 510-769-5109
Email: stj911@gmail.com

Independent Investigators Release Suppressed Blueprints of Destroyed World Trade Center Tower Scans of original drawings of the North Tower of the World Trade Center have been published online by a coalition of independent 9/11 researchers and journalists.

Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) March 27, 2007 — A coalition of independent 9/11 investigators and journalists today announced the online publication of a set of original blueprints of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The set is composed of over 200 never-before-published drawings, including plans, elevations, and details, given to physicist Dr. Steven E. Jones by an individual interested in a more complete analysis. Groups presenting the plans include Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice , 9-11 Research , and Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth . A multi-resolution drawing viewer for the blueprints is located at 9-11 Research ( 911research.wtc7.net ).

Richard Gage, AIA, Architect, the founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth , said, “We cannot truly understand what happened in these historical structural failure events when we are not allowed access to the construction documents.” Gage believes that, given the profound differences in the official collapse theories, the need for more investigation is clear. “First they come up with the “pancake theory”, then they changed it to the “column failure theory”. We don’t believe that either of those theories are supported by the available evidence.”

Since the 9/11 attacks, numerous groups and individuals have… Continue reading

San Diego Grand Jury–April 14

San Diego Citizens Grand Jury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Copass
Phone: 619-665-9415
Email: San_Diego_CGJ@yahoo.com
Event Date: Saturday, April 14, 2007

Experts to Testify at 9/11 Investigation Hearing

San Diego, California — On Saturday, April 14, 2007 San Diegans for 9/11 Truth, a local citizens activist group, will conduct a citizens’ grand jury investigation into the wrongful deaths that occurred at the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. Grand jurors will assemble in the Aztec Center Council Chambers at San Diego State University to hear testimony from expert witnesses, including architect Richard Gage, physicist Steven Jones, and engineer Kevin Ryan. Don Paul and Jim Hoffman, coauthors of The 9/11/01 Crimes in New York City: Waking Up from Our Nightmare , will lead the investigation. The event has been endorsed by Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Republicans for 9/11 Truth, and former U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Robert Bowman. The public is welcome to attend. The common-law grand jury of 23 citizens will be impaneled to review the evidence and the grand jury’s findings will be announced the following week.

For more information, see sdcgj.netrootz.com , or contact Michael Copass at San_Diego_CGJ@yahoo.com .

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Founded in September 2005, San Diegans for 9/11 Truth is one of many citizen activist organizations across the country dedicated to uncovering the truth behind the wrongful deaths that took place on September 11, 2001. Concerned about evidence that contradicts the official account published in The 9/11 Commission Report, the group is calling for… Continue reading

Heroes for 9/11 Truth, for Peace, for Impeachment

Press Release
June 10, 2007

Media Contacts-
Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, http://www.communitycurrency.org/impeach.html
Carol Brouillet- (home) 650-857-0927, cbrouillet@igc.org
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, http://www.ae911truth.org
Richard Gage- (cell) 925-285-1839, rgage@ae911truth.org
Patriots Tour 2007, http://www.thepatriots.us
Robert Bowman- (cell) 321-752-5955, DrBob@Bowman2008.com
The Need to Remember, http://www.theneedtoremember.com/
Janette MacKinlay- 510-339-9358, janette007@sbcglobal.net
National Days of Truth Action, http://www.truthaction.org/
Cosmos- 415 552 5776, infinitejustice23@hotmail.com

Heroes for 9/11 Truth, for Peace, for Impeachment

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at 1 pm at Lytton Plaza in downtown Palo Alto, heroes
will rally to support Representative Dennis Kucinich’s articles of impeachment
against Vice President Cheney, H.R. 333. The master of ceremonies, award-winning
investigative journalist and host of KPFA’s Flashpoints, Dennis Bernstein–together
with Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Yoda–will pass out awards honoring
“Heroic Citizens for 9/11 Truth” to Dr. Robert Bowman, Richard Gage,
Janette MacKinlay, Cosmos, Jim Hoffman, and Aaron Dames. Superman (musician-
August Bullock) will sing “Heroes of America,” which inspired the
theme of this and last month’s impeachment rallies. After the award presentations,
heroic citizens will march at 2 pm through downtown Palo Alto to Congresswoman
Anna Eshoo’s office at 698 Emerson Street.

9/11 has been used to sell wars, pass the PATRIOT Act, construct the Homeland
Security apparatus, to institutionalize torture and to weaken the Constitution
and the Bill of Rights. Heroic citizens have exposed lies and omissions in the
Commission Report, demanded the release of suppressed evidence and called for
a genuine investigation. From a one-woman “Listening Project” in
downtown Palo Alto (Wednesdays 11 am… Continue reading

‘Debunking NIST’s Conclusions About WTC 7 is as Easy as Shooting Fish in a Barrel’ and other Responses to 8/21/08 NIST Briefing on WTC7

Debunking NIST’s conclusions about WTC 7 is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel
By George Washington

Symmetrical Collapse

NIST lamely tried to explain the symmetrically (sic) collapse as follows:

WTC 7’s collapse, viewed from the exterior (most videos were taken from the north), did appear to fall almost uniformly as a single unit. This occurred because the interior failures that took place did not cause the exterior framing to fail until the final stages of the building collapse. The interior floor framing and columns collapsed downward and pulled away from the exterior frame. There were clues that internal damage was taking place, prior to the downward movement of the exterior frame, such as when the east penthouse fell downward into the building and windows broke out on the north face at the ends of the building core. The symmetric appearance of the downward fall of the WTC 7 was primarily due to the greater stiffness and strength of its exterior frame relative to the interior framing.

NIST can’t have it both ways. If the exterior frame was so stiff and strong, then it should have stopped the collapse, or – at the very least – we would have seen a bowing effect where tremendous opposing forces were battling each other for dominance in determining the direction of the fall. See also this .

In real life, the thick structural beams and “stiff [and strong]” exterior frame used in the building should have quickly stopped any partial collapse, unless… Continue reading

9/11 Misinformation: Flight ‘Passenger Lists’ Show ‘No Hijacker Names’

By Arabesque
August 31, 2008

 

Misinformation: Passenger “Manifests” Contain “No Arab or Alleged Hijacker Names”

The assertion that 9/11 passengers lists “contained no Arab names” is frequently seen in the 9/11 truth movement. [1]  For example, this article by Enver Masud is headlined, “Why are there no Arab names on the passenger list for the planes used in the September 11, 2001 attack…?” [2] The 9/11 website 9/11 Hard Facts claims, “[On] officially released passenger lists provided by the airlines to the media, no Arab names appear on any of the four passenger lists.” [3] In David Ray Griffin’s 9/11: The Myth and the Reality , he repeats the claim that, “[Their] names should be on the flight manifests. But the flight manifests that have been released contain neither the names of the alleged hijackers nor any other Arab names.” [4] John Leonard, Webster Tarpley and Kevin Barrett’s publisher, repeats the claim that “Scholars [for 9/11 Truth]… report things like ‘there were no Arabs on the passenger lists’” [5] As well, Michael C. Ruppert, citing Gary North wrote, “Another easy and non-debatable hole is with the passenger lists and the hijackers. Gary North, Ph.D. – a history professor… relied on lists published by CNN… Official reports state that there were only 19 hijackers.…

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Tonight–Richard Gage Presentation in Denver

Richard Gage, AIA
founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
will speak on Friday, February 13, 2009, 7pm
at the Tattered Cover Bookstore (LoDo),
1628 16th Street at Wynkoop, Denver
$10 suggested donation
9/11 Blueprint for Truth:
The Architecture of Destruction

A multimedia presentation suitable for professionals and laymen alike.
Please alert your friends and relatives who are architects, engineers, and construction
professionals.
A special welcome to attendees of the American Citizens’ Summit at the nearby
Denver Sheraton downtown sponsored by the Transpartisan Alliance.

To view/download/print a full-color flyer/poster for this event in .pdf format,
click here: Flyer

Image of Richard GageRichard Gage, AIA Founder, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth

Come and hear Richard Gage, AIA, give his outstanding multimedia presentation on the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. You’ll see an abundance of
photographs and video evidence showing that the way in which the towers collapsed is inconsistent with a plane-impact-and-fire scenario and that the collapses in fact exhibited all the characteristics of destruction by explosives. You’ll learn about molten metal in the rubble pile, molten metal flowing from the windows before collapse, the unmistakable chemical signature of a demolition incendiary “thermite” left behind in the debris, and more. Bring your skeptical friends who want solid, documented evidence and disciplined thinking. We need our best critical thinkers to examine this evidence. Richard has put his professional reputation on the line, and over 560 architecture and engineering professionals stand in solidarity with him at AE911truth.org. His credentials are impeccable… Continue reading

Friday – Don Paul – ‘The World is Turning’ Book Tour at UCDavis

Author and activist Don Paul’s new book The World Is Turning has been
released, and he has been on a Northern California book tour February 15 to 21,
2009. On DAY 5 of his tour – Friday evening, February 20 – he
will be giving a presentation at the University of California, Davis.

“What does the attack of 9/11/01 have to do with the 2008 Wall Street
bailout? If anyone can help us to understand these events, it’s Don Paul.”
– Jim Hoffman, creator of 911research.wtc7.net

Event: A two-part presentation and discussion: (1) Truths
about 9/11 Remain the Key and (2) Working to Make “Change” Good in
2009.

Date, time, location: Friday, February 20, 7 pm (free admission)
at 100 Hunt Hall, University of California – Davis

Sponsored by Davis 9/11 Truth, Davis Campus Greens, Sacramento
9/11 Truth, Sacramento Area Peace Action, and Gold Country Veterans for Peace
– Chapter 122

Summary: A review of evidence from the crimes of 9/11/01
that implicates many of the principals who have benefited from 2008-2009’s trillions-dollar-bail-out
of banks and other bettor/debtor Corporations, using selections from the 2005
DVD “9/11 Guilt” and Chief Prosecutor Don Paul’s 2007 ‘Record of Findings,
… from the San Diego Citizen’s Grand Jury on the Crimes of September 11, 2001
in New York City'; followed by review of successes by growers and consumers
of organic food, opponents of pesticides, proponents of wind and solar power,
and U.S. Presidents who have resisted and/or defeated privately owned central
Banks such… Continue reading

Demolition Access To The WTC Towers: Part Two – Security

by Kevin R. Ryan
Scoop Independent News

See also… http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0907/S00124.htm

Kevin R. Ryan: Demolition access to the WTC Towers

Who could have placed explosives in the World Trade Center (WTC) towers? This is the second essay in a series that attempts to answer that question. The first installment began by considering the tenants that occupied the impact zones and the other floors that might have played a useful role in the demolition of the WTC towers. [1] The result was a picture of connections to organizations that had access to explosive materials and to the expertise required to use explosives. Additionally it was seen that, in the years preceding 9/11, the impact zone tenants had all made structural modifications to the areas where the airliners struck the buildings.

The management representatives of these tenant companies were seen to be secretive and powerful. Through these powerful people, the tenants were connected to organizations that benefited greatly from the 9/11 attacks, including the defense contractors Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Halliburton, and Science Applications International Corp (SAIC). The tenants also had strong connections to the Bush family and their corporate network, including Dresser Industries (now Halliburton) and UBS, and to Deutsche Bank and its subsidiaries, reported to have brokered the insider trading deals. There were also links between these tenant companies and the terrorist-financing Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).

Throughout this review we should keep in mind that, according to 2009 estimates, the membership of Al Qaeda’s conspiracy network is… Continue reading

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 Does 9/11: Another Icon Debased in Service of the Big Lie

by Jim Hoffman
Version 0.9; August 27, 2009
(Please refer to original article at this link for updated versions)
911research.wtc7.net

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”
with its


Popular-Mechanics-style

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.

National Geographic Then and Now

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

Carlyle, Kissinger, SAIC and Halliburton: A 9/11 Convergence

Kevin Ryan

Careful investigation leads one to notice that a number of intriguing groups of people and organizations converged on the events of September 11th, 2001. An example is the group of men who were members of Cornell University’s Quill & Dagger society. This included Paul Wolfowitz, National Security Advisors Sandy Berger and Stephen Hadley, Marsh & McLennan executive Stephen Friedman, and the founder of Kroll Associates, Jules Kroll. Another interconnected group of organizations is linked to these Cornell comrades, and is even more interesting in terms of its members being integral to the events of 9/11, and having benefited from those events.

After the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center (WTC), a company called Stratesec (or Securacom) was responsible for the overall integration of the new security system designed by Kroll Associates. Stratesec had a small board of directors that included retired Air Force General James Abrahamson, Marvin Bush (the brother of George W. Bush) and Wirt Walker III, a cousin of the Bush brothers. Other directors included Charles Archer, former Assistant Director in charge of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, and Yousef Saud Al Sabah, a member of the Kuwaiti royal family.[1]

Yousef Saud Al Sabah was also chairman of the Kuwait-American Corporation (KuwAm), which between 1993 and 1999 held a controlling share of Stratesec. The other owners of Stratesec were Walker and an entity controlled by Walker and Al Sabah, called Special Situation Investment Holdings (SSIH).[2] SSIH was said to form a group with… Continue reading

Building What? How SCADs Can Be Hidden in Plain Sight

David Ray Griffin

At 5:21 PM on 9/11, Building 7 of the World Trade Center collapsed, even though it had not been hit by a plane — a fact that is important because of the widespread acceptance of the idea, in spite of its scientific absurdity, that the Twin Towers collapsed because of the combined effect of the impact of the airliners plus the ensuing jet-fuel-fed fires. The collapse of World Trade Center 7 (WTC 7) thereby challenges the official account of the destruction of the World Trade Center, according to which it was accomplished by al-Qaeda hijackers, even if one accepts the government’s scientifically impossible account of the Twin Towers. This fact was recently emphasized in the title of a review article based on my 2009 book, The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7, 1 by National Medal of Science-winner Lynn Margulis: “Two Hit, Three Down — The Biggest Lie.” 2

1. Why the Collapse of WTC 7 Created an Extraordinary Problem

The collapse of WTC 7 created an extraordinary problem for the official account of 9/11 for several reasons.

An Unprecedented Occurrence

One reason is that, because of the collapse of WTC 7, the official account of 9/11 includes the dubious claim that, for the first time in the known universe, a steel-frame high-rise building was brought down by fire, and science looks askance at claims of unprecedented occurrences regarding physical phenomena. New York Times writer James Glanz, who himself has a Ph.D. in physics, wrote: “[E]xperts… Continue reading

A Response to Paul Zarembka about Phone Calls from the 9/11 Planes

by David Ray Griffin
ITHP.org

Professor Paul Zarembka has written a critique of a chapter of my recent book, 9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes against Democracy Succeed . 1 The chapter in question is entitled “Phone Calls from the 9/11 Planes: How They Fooled America.” I thank Dr. Zarembka for taking my chapter seriously enough to write his critique. 2 However, I submit that my chapter not to be guilty of the charges he levels.

At the beginning of his critique, Zarembka states that I seem intent on “exposing just lies and only lies” — on “turning up stones everywhere with the word ‘lie’ written on them.” A computer search shows that my chapter contains no instances in which I used the term “lie,” “lies,” or “lying.” I certainly did, to be sure, suggest that various aspects of the official story are false. This would be grounds for reproach if these suggestions were based on errors, and Zarembka suggests that they often are. Indeed, to adopt his formulation, he seemed to be intent on turning up stones everywhere with the word “error” written on them. But the charge that my chapter is filled with errors cannot be maintained.

At the conclusion of Zarembka’s critique, he said that he found “weakness” in my chapter’s “internal logic.” This charge by Zarembka, however, reflects the fact that he simply failed to understand the logic of some of my arguments, or certain facts relevant to those arguments.

Sliding Over Deena Burnett’s Testimony… Continue reading