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9/11 Responders Speak of Pain

Newsday (and Washington Post)

by Andrew Strickler, Staff Writer

(Staff writer Erik German also contributed to this story)

June 26, 2006

Associated Press coverage of the New York 9/11 Truth group’s “9/11 First Responders: Voices From The Pit” speak-out. This is the group’s latest outreach effort to the toxin-stricken first responder community, which badly needs the solidarity given the stunning official neglect it still endures.

– Ed.

David Miller coughed into a napkin, leaving behind a quarter-sized
smear of blood.

The hacking is a constant reminder of the 10 days the National
Guardsman spent clearing debris at Ground Zero.

Forty-eight hours after he arrived in the smoking aftermath of the
Sept. 11 attack, Miller said yesterday, the health effects from
airborne debris were obvious and severe.

“I was practically blind, I was coughing, I had blisters all up and
down my arms,” he said. “If I’d been smart I wouldn’t have gone back.”

Today, Miller’s health is crumbling. The 39-year-old Bronx
construction worker said he suffers chronic lung infections, skin
rashes and a 60 percent drop in lung capacity.

Miller and several other 9/11 first responders spoke yesterday about
lingering health problems at The Community Church of New York on East
35th Street in Manhattan. The forum is part of a series of lectures,
films and public protests organized by the nonprofit group New York
9/11 Truth. The organization accuses the government of covering up
intelligence failures leading to the attacks and allowing first
responders to work in toxic… Continue reading

500 Conspiracy Buffs Meet to Seek the Truth of 9/11

By Alan Feuer

June 5, 2006

CHICAGO, June 4 — In the ballroom foyer of the Embassy Suites Hotel, the two-day International Education and Strategy Conference for 9/11 Truth was off to a rollicking start.

Photo of Tonya Miller Bailey - rally participant

Tonya Miller Bailey, of Indiana, in the rally at Daley Plaza on Friday that served as the conference kickoff. “We’ve done a lot of solid research,” one participant said.
Photo credit: Joe Tabacca/NY Times

In Salon Four, there was a presentation under way on the attack in Oklahoma City, while in the room next door, the splintered factions of the movement were asked — for sake of unity — to seek a common goal.

In the foyer, there were stick-pins for sale (“More gin, less Rummy”), and in the lecture halls discussions of the melting point of steel. “It’s all documented,” people said. Or: “The mass media is mass deception.” Or, as strangers from the Internet shook hands: “Great to meet you. Love the work.”

Such was the coming-out for the movement known as “9/11 Truth,” a society of skeptics and scientists who believe the government was complicit in the terrorist attacks. In colleges and chat rooms on the Internet, this band of disbelievers has been trying for years to prove that 9/11 was an inside job.

Whatever one thinks of the claim that the state would plan, then execute, a scheme to murder thousands of its own, there was something to the fact that more than 500 people — from Italy to Northern California… Continue reading

And the FAA Guy Gets to Play Himself!

911Truth.org urges nationwide response to United 93 (a.k.a. The Official Film of the Official Story)

Photo of Ben Sliney

Ben Sliney of the FAA

911Truth.org is announcing a nationwide campaign to distribute flyers to the audience attending United 93, which opens at theaters across the country on Friday, April 28th. In New York City, friends of 9/11 truth received local television news coverage after conducting a visibility action Tuesday night at the movie’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere. We encourage our readers to continue this campaign throughout the nation.

Many people have objected to the release of this movie because it commercializes September 11th. Still, the desire to see it may simply express a fundamental need to understand forces that profoundly affect our lives. The real problem lies in a screenplay borrowed directly from the dubious claims of the US government and its official “9/11 Commission.” In its shameless casting of FAA executive Ben Sliney as himself, United 93 provides a Hollywood platform to a salaried spokesperson for the government.

Still, to merely reject United 93 and its version of what happened on Flight 93 is to miss an important opportunity. Those attending this film likely have a deep interest in the issues of 9/11. We urge 9/11 truth activists to respond creatively, by encouraging United 93 audiences to attend alternative events (such as, to take one example, the May 8th New York town hall meeting in Tribeca, which is designed as a direct response to United 93). Accordingly, we have designed… Continue reading

Researcher probes for answers to Sept. 11 attack on Pentagon

By Buzzy Hassrick

Image of Pentagon Research web page

When the Sept. 11 terror attacks occurred, Russell Pickering was working as a professional firefighter in Seattle.

Especially because of his profession, he was deeply affected.

“The loss of firefighters and police was significant to me because of what I did,” he recalled.

His initial interest devolved into probing questions and eventually frustration that the federal government seemed unwilling to provide answers. From a network of contacts and information, Pickering has created a Web site about the attack on the Pentagon, www.pentagonresearch.com.

People should look at the evidence there and make up their own minds, he says.

“I don’t make any conclusions,” Pickering adds. “I have no partisan interest in this.”
 

Editor’s Note:
Courageous, fair-minded reporting like this is to be applauded, particularly in such a conservative area of the country. We encourage you to send letters in support of this excellent work. Send to Editor Bruce McCormack and author Buzzy Hassrick via the “Letters to the Editor” link at codyenterprise.com.

 

His curiosity was piqued when friends who served on Seattle’s urban search and rescue team returned from a Sept. 11 assignment in New York City, bringing questions about what they’d seen. They wondered why World Trade Center building 7 had seemingly collapsed for no reason.

Another factor was an article in the 105-year-old Fire Engineering magazine in which the editor expressed outrage that debris was removed without investigating why the buildings had collapsed. The writer also questioned the handling of the investigation.

Also… Continue reading

Lingering Health Problems and Death for 9/11 Rescue Workers, Survivors

Problems mount from 9/11 fallout

By David Shukman

BBC News science correspondent

April 12, 2006

URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/sci/tech/4904188.stm

See the dust clouds

The number of people with medical problems linked to the 9/11 attacks
on New York has risen to at least 15,000.

The figure, put together for the BBC, counts those receiving treatment for
problems related to breathing in dust.

Many of the victims say the government offered false reassurances that the
Manhattan air was safe and are now pursuing a class-action lawsuit.

On Tuesday, a coroner said the death of a policeman who developed a respiratory
disease was “directly linked” to 9/11.

James Zadroga – who worked at Ground Zero – died in January. The New Jersey
coroner’s ruling was the first of its kind.

WTC ‘cough’

Jeff Endean used to be the macho leader of a police Swat firearms team. Now,
he has trouble breathing and survives on the cocktail of drugs he takes every
day.

Kelly Colangelo, an IT specialist, used to have good health but now endures
a range of problems including asthma and sinus pain.

“It worried me that I’ve been damaging my health just being in my home,” she told the BBC News website. “It also worries me that I see the health
impact on the [the emergency crews at the scene]. We were also exposed and I
wonder if in 10-15 years from now, am I going to be another victim?”

Both are victims of what used to be called “World Trade Center… Continue reading

Rep. Curt Weldon Town Hall Meeting Audio

April 1, 2006

Encouraging answers today from Pennsylvania Rep. Curt Weldon’s in a Town Hall Meeting when he’s asked questions by 9/11 activists, Dave Slesinger and Jon Gold. Interesting perspective on Weldon’s passion about our firefighters, especially, and why he’s continuing to push for answers.

Weldon states he’s “willing to challenge the system… I hate to say that sometimes I don’t trust my government, but sometimes I don’t trust the government.” “Do I automatically accept what the government tells me? No.”

Audio file provided thanks to Gold’s 9/11 forum:

 

Full Transcript

The questions were read by the same person on 3×5 cards.

Dave Slesinger: First, I want to praise you for your Able Danger efforts. Since you are the Congressman most sympathetic to firefighters, have you looked at the quotes from NYC firefighters at the World Trade Center on 9/11 about explosives. If you have, will you accept information on for later comment.

Rep. Weldon: I will absolutely accept information, and I’m very close to the NYC firefighters because one of my best friends was killed there. You see I go on all of the disasters because of my leadership on fire and (inaudible) issues, I’ve been to all of them. Hurricane Andrew, Hugo, I was in Katrina two days after it happened, in fact, I raised $440,000 from private companies in our region to help the fire departments down there which we gave them about a month ago in Upper Darby. Uh, I was at the World Trade… Continue reading

The Wire: Another Cover Story for 9/11 Truth

W. David Kubiak thought the 9/11 attacks would be a “wake up call.”

Banner for Wire article

“Once you could accept 9/11, you could say, ‘I’ve really got to look at the world again with new eyes,'” he said during a recent phone interview with The Wire .

Kubiak is a member of the steering committee of 911truth.org , a group formed “to investigate, unearth, and widely publicize the full truth surrounding September 11th, 2001.”

It’s been three years since the start of U.S. military operations in Iraq, and while supporters and detractors of the war continue to debate the causes of and solutions to that conflict, one fact is almost indisputable: the long, bloody journey in Iraq began on Sept. 11, 2001.

I say almost indisputable because, in the world of the 9/11 truth movement, everything from photographic evidence to offhand statements and individual words are up for debate. The term “conspiracy theory” calls to mind images of a spider’s web. That’s an accurate description for the complex and intricately constructed narratives found in any number of conspiracy theories, but the actual building of conspiracy theories, the steady accumulation of new evidence, new proof, new witnesses, is more like sedimentary rock. A pebble here, a pebble there and, after a number of years, a looming monument to suspicion and paranoia.

But, as they say, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. We’ve got plenty of reason to be suspicious. Most recently, President George W. Bush has been stumping… Continue reading

Now Mark Morford Jumps on Board

Popular SF Gate columnist Mark Morford picks up on the ongoing wave of 9/11 truth coverage, with his own riff on Mark Jacobson’s article in New York magazine. We are archiving the article “Long Live the 9/11 Conspiracy!” here under fair-use provisions.


The following was published Wednesday, March 29, 2006 by sfgate.com at

www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2006/03/29/notes032906.DTL

Long Live the 9/11 Conspiracy!

Anyone still care about the heap of disturbing, unsolved questions surrounding Our Great Tragedy?

By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist

Here is your must-read for the month. Here is your oh-my-God-I’m-sending-this-piece-to-every-smart-person-I-know
hunk of outstanding, distressing, disquieting media bliss.

Here it is: an absolutely exceptional inside scoop on the white-hot world of
Sept. 11 conspiracy theories
, writ large and smart by Mark Jacobson over at
New York magazine, and it’s mandatory reading for anyone and everyone who’s
ever entertained the nagging thought that something — or rather, far more than
one something — is deeply wrong with the official line on what actually happened
on Sept. 11.

See, it is very likely that you already know that Sept. 11 will go down in
the conspiracy history books as a far more sinister affair than, say, the murky
swirl of the Kennedy assassination. You probably already know that much of what
exactly happened on Sept. 11 remains deeply unsettling and largely unsolved
— or to put another way, if you don’t know all of this and if you fully and
blithely accept the official Sept. 11 story, well, you haven’t been paying… Continue reading

New Yorkers to Gather at CNN Studios Wednesday

(For Immediate Release – Thu. 3/23/2006)

9/11 Truth Seekers To Stage

“DEMONSTRATION OF GRATITUDE”

Wednesday, March 29th, Noon – 2pm
Time-Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle
8th Ave. betw. 58th & 60th St.
New York City

Last week the “Showbiz Tonight” program on CNN Headline News aired three programs we believe deserve commendation. We, of the 9/11 truth and justice movement in New York City are heartened that the network saw fit to air extensive segments giving fair coverage to Charlie Sheen’s comments about September 11th – as well as a platform for 911Truth.org spokesperson Mike Berger, uncompromising radio host Alex Jones, and Webster Tarpley, author of 911 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA. For the first time since the fateful day in September of 2001, mass-audience television broadcast alternative perspectives on what really happened.

 

Screenshot from appearance on Showbiz TONIGHT

“We’re not the conspiracy theorists on this particular issue. It seems to me like 19 amateurs with box cutters taking over four commercial airliners and hitting 75% of their targets, that feels like a conspiracy theory. It raises a lot of questions.”

“It seems like the worm is turning… It is up to us to reveal the truth. It is up to us because we owe it to the families, we owe it to the victims. We owe it to everybody’s life who was drastically altered, horrifically that day and forever. We owe it to them to uncover what happened.”

—Charlie Sheen

(See press release of 3/23.)

Now is time for all media to show… Continue reading

Is It Safe Yet? 911Truth.org Hits Prime Time on CNN

For Immediate Release — Thu. 3/23/2006

Will Charlie Sheen’s declaration of disbelief in the “official conspiracy theory” make it safe for the rest of us to finally say what we really think about September 11th?

Now what about you?

The time has come for you to say openly what you think about the unsolved crimes of September 11th, 2001. Yes, you. This isn’t to say that many people don’t still believe in the “Official Story” as the government tells it. But what about the many among us who just don’t buy it anymore? It’s time for Americans of conscience to show our elected representatives that they will be held to account.

You’ve seen the government lie about everything else. (Iraq comes to mind.) And you’ve had your open questions. Questions about what this government knew before the 9/11 attacks. (The Moussaoui trial comes to mind.) Questions about what really happened on that terrible day, the suspicious timing and circumstances. About the way the heroes and victims are still being treated. The way the EPA told New Yorkers the Ground Zero air was safe to breathe, unfiltered. The way the questions of the September 11th families were ignored by official investigations like the “9/11 Commission.” The way the crimes in New York and Washington were used to justify wars that were already planned years in advance.

But perhaps it seemed to you that it was unsafe to speak out. Or maybe unpopular. People might call you a conspiracy theorist. They might… Continue reading

Spitzer On the Spot

March 23, 2006

by Les Jamieson

9/11 Truth activists have been showing up in Eliot Spitzer’s path lately. On
Sunday, March 11th, three activists attended a swanky public reception for Eliot
Spitzer and supporters of his candidacy for governor. Sander Hicks, author of
The Big Wedding and a candidate for US Senate, Green party of New York, stood up and popped the question “Mr. Spitzer,
why have you not opened an independent investigation into the events of September
11, 2001?” Many clueless Dems in the crowd got very agitated, but Sander
persisted. Spitzer got off the hook by saying Sander should respect the crowd’s
wishes and told him to call his office. He did and as of today calls were never
returned.

What’s the real issue here? In November of 2004, an independent inquiry into
the events of 9/11 entitled “Citizens’
Complaint & Petition
” was submitted to Eliot Spitzer’s office. This
document contained great detail about the glaring questions still unanswered
and listed damages suffered by so many people. There were 100 signatures from
prominent Americans such as Howard Zinn, Daniel Ellsberg, Ralph Nader, John
Gray, Ray McGovern, Medea Benjamin, and Ed Asner. The Complaint also had 48
victims’ families as signatories. Spitzer’s top prosecutor, William Casey, personally
received the
document. However, this has been met with a deafening silence. No action was
ever taken.

How could it be that Spitzer, who has won accolades for his successful legal
actions against Wall St. financial institutions engaging in fraud,… Continue reading

9/11 Skeptics Get a Loooong (and surprisingly fair) Treatment in “New York” Magazine


The following was published by New York Magazine (nymetro.com) on March 19, 2006 and given a cover headline as “9/11 Conspiracy Theorists Run Amok” (original here). Archived (minus the photos) by 911Truth.org solely for educational purposes – see Fair Use Notice, below.


 

The Ground Zero Grassy Knoll

A new generation of conspiracy theorists is at work on a secret history of New York’s most terrible day.

By Mark Jacobson

Free fall: The speed at which the towers came down—they were almost in free fall—suggests controlled demolition rather than catastrophic collapse.

1.
11/22 and 9/11
They keep telling us 9/11 changed everything. But even in this Photoshopped age of unreliable narrators, much remains the same. The assassination of President John Kennedy, the Crime of the Last Century, occurred in plain sight, in front of thousands—yet exactly what happened remains in dispute. The Warren Commission found that Lee Harvey Oswald, fellow traveler of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, shot Kennedy with a cheap Mannlicher-Carcano rifle from a sixth-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository. The commission found that Oswald, who two days later would be murdered by nightclub owner Jack Ruby, acted alone.

Yet, as with so many such events, there is the sanctioned history and the secret history—players hidden from view. In the Kennedy murder, the involvement of shadowy organizations like the Mafia and the CIA came into question. This way of thinking came to challenge the official narrative put forth by the Warren Commission. It… Continue reading

911Truth.org Interviews 9/11 Family Member Bob McIlvaine

Tonight, I had the honor of meeting Bob McIlvaine. Mr. McIlvaine lost his son Bobby on 9/11. On the morning of 9/11, Bobby was supposed to take part in a seminar on the 106th floor of the WTC for Merrill Lynch. Mr. McIlvaine says that he doesn’t think he ever made it to that meeting. I’ll never forget his role as Commissioner at the “9/11 Omission Hearings” in New York City, 9/9/2004.

Mr. McIlvaine didn’t hold anything back, and I thank him for that. Although I understand his feelings regarding hope, I refuse to believe there is none.

Thank you Mr. McIlvaine for the honor, and the experience.

Jon Gold

Watch the video online.

Conspirators?!

We nominate the following, published in New York Newsday on Feb. 18, for Letter to the Editor of the Month. It addresses the poisoning of New York in the aftermath of September 11, but the memorable last paragraph speaks to something even greater. How many letters of this kind must a major paper receive, before it publishes even one?

The toxic air at Ground Zero

Regarding “Judge: Ex-EPA chief sent people back to lower Manhattan too soon” (Newsday.com, Feb. 2), it’s about time someone saw that what Christine Todd Whitman did as environmental protection chief was criminal: lying about the safety of 9/11 air quality.

Prison time and steep fines against her personal wealth to (partially) recompense victims’ kin would only be a first step.

Remember, she lied at the direction of her bosses. I hope I live long enough to see a Nuremberg-style trial for the whole group of Bush conspirators.

Paul Sheridan

Brooklyn


Destruction of 9/11 Records–EPA Set to Close Library Network and Electronic Catalog

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility News Release (www.peer.org)

For Immediate Release: February 10, 2006
Contact: Chas Offutt (202) 265-7337

BUSH AXING LIBRARIES WHILE PUSHING FOR MORE RESEARCH — EPA Set to Close Library Network and Electronic Catalog

Washington, DC — Under President Bush’s proposed budget, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is slated to shut down its network of libraries that serve its own scientists as well as the public, according to internal agency documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). In addition to the libraries, the agency will pull the plug on its electronic catalog which tracks tens of thousands of unique documents and research studies that are available nowhere else.

Under Bush’s plan, $2 million of a total agency library budget of $2.5 million will be lost, including the entire $500,000 budget for the EPA Headquarters library and its electronic catalog that makes it possible to search for documents through the entire EPA library network. These reductions are just a small portion of the $300 million in cuts the administration has proposed for EPA operations.

At the same time, President Bush is proposing to significantly increase EPA research funding for topics such as nanotechnology, air pollution and drinking water system security as part of his “American Competitive Initiative.”

“How are EPA scientists supposed to engage in cutting edge research when they cannot find what the agency has already done?” asked PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson is moving to implement the… Continue reading

Breakthrough in New York

The Seekers
The birth and life of the ‘9-11 Truth movement’

Source: villagevoice.com

by Jarrett Murphy
February 21st, 2006 11:48 AM

Essentially, it’s all about physics and common sense. Cut steel, and buildings fall. Crash a plane, and the Earth gets scarred. Fire a missile; see a hole. What’s up must come down, cause makes effect, and for the truth to set you free, it must be freed itself.

It’s dark in the basement of St. Mark’s Church and dark outside on a mid-December Sunday night, but inside they have seen the light. Among the 100 or so people in the room, many wear buttons that read “9/11 Was An Inside Job.” Others grip the vital texts in their hands — Crossing the Rubicon, The New Pearl Harbor, or 9/11 Synthetic Terror. Most in the largely (but not exclusively) white and male crowd can quote you the important passages from “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” or The 9/11 Commission Report. A few can guide you through the details of concepts like “peak oil” and pyroclastic flow. All of them suspect–and a few simply know–that their government was somehow complicit in the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans four Septembers ago.

They are watching the new edition of Loose Change, a slick, witty documentary featuring a hip soundtrack and a rapid-fire assault on nearly every aspect of the “official” story of 9-11. The work of 22-year-old filmmaker Dylan Avery, Loose Change came out last year to take its… Continue reading

Interview with Sander Hicks: 9/11 Author, Candidate For NY Governor

Sander Hicks, Green Party Candidate for New York Governor, is the author of The Big Wedding: 9/11, The Whistle-Blowers, and The Cover-Up.

He recently appeared on the Majority Report with Janeane Garafolo, available

 
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Website: www.hicksforgovernor.com.

1) What was it about 9/11 that prompted you to question the official story, and when?

Well, it wasn’t that hard. I was already friendly with Ruppert and Hopsicker, we all knew each other from anti-Bush underground publishing circles. None of us had written books yet, though. So I read everything they wrote for the internet, before they published books.

But in terms of that a-ha, snapping of the mental membrane kind of moment, it was probably Barrie Zwicker’s TV show in Canada. Which is also one of the first times I downloaded a video file from the net. Funny how web-based video started to really happen right around the same time as our movement. Maybe historians will 100 years from now explain that this is how the 9/11 Truth Movement took power and changed things: the technology just fell into their hands at the right time.

2) In your book, The Big Wedding: 9/11, The Whistle-Blowers, & The Cover-Up, you focus on the people who have come forward with something to say about 9/11. As you know, Eliot Spitzer recently blocked Dietrich Snell from testifying at the Able Danger hearings brought forward by Rep. Curt Weldon. What are your feelings regarding Eliot Spitzer’s actions?

It’s a great opportunity for… Continue reading

Health Concerns Prompt Call For ‘9/11 Health Czar’

Jan 25, 2006 11:59 pm US/Eastern

Marcia Kramer Reporting, WCBS-TV

Watch news video here:

(CBS) NEW YORK The Federal General Accounting Office estimates that between 250,000 and 400,000 people lived, worked or went to school, in the ground zero vicinity at the time of the world trade center attacks.

There were 40,000 to 50,000 rescue workers, firefighters, volunteer firefighters, EMS, police and construction workers who worked on the “pile” for some length of time…of 16,000 rescue workers, not firefighters participating in a Mount Sinai Hospital study about half are sick with World Trade Center related diseases. At least three emergency workers have died.

Today, there are strong calls for action from members of New York’s Congressional delegation.

Members of the New York congressional delegation say it’s a health crisis that can no longer be ignored. They’re calling for a federal coordinator, saying such an appointment is critical because of the sheer numbers who are sick or could get sick from the toxics they inhaled after the twin tower attacks.

“They were exposed to a cocktail of poisonous gases, toxins, pulverized cement and glass and these particles are still in the bodies still in their lungs,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (d-Manhattan).

Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Vito Fossella and other members of Congress have demanded that the Bush Administration appoint a 9-11 health czar to deal with the tragic after affects of the twin tower attack. Three responders have already died, including NYC Police Detective James Zadroga, 34, whose funeral was just weeks… Continue reading