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‘Rescue Me’ star Daniel Sunjata headlines 9/11 protest march

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Monday, September 28th, 2009 — 2:45 pm RawStory.org

UPDATE (at bottom): City’s law department tells RAW STORY that a new 9/11 investigation is ‘not a proper subject to be placed before the voters’ ‘

A lead actor from the popular FX television show “Rescue Me” joined a large group of 9/11 activists and survivors on Sunday in a march from New York City’s Battery Park to city hall.

During an afternoon rally in the park, Daniel Sunjata, who plays the role of Franco Rivera in the firefighter drama featuring actor Dennis Leary, took the stage with an impassioned call for a new investigation.

The march was held to support the NYC CAN coalition, which is currently engaged in a court battle with city hall over the legality of their ballot measure calling for a new 9/11 investigation.

The group has gathered over 80,000 signatures from New Yorkers in support of its ballot initiative, and even won a recent legal skirmish over a challenge to the validity if its petition’s signatures. The city’s challenge to the initiative’s legality continues, however, with a court referee recently advising the judge to find for the city.

An NYC CAN media advisory , which refers to the 9/11 Commission Report as a “disgrace,” notes that the group’s lawyers were to file a motion for reconsideration on Monday, Sept. 28.

“We have received, for our efforts, a slap in the face and a kick in the mouth,” said Sunjata, speaking at the NYC CAN rally on… Continue reading

New Organization Formed – Journalists & Other Media Professionals for 9/11 Truth

New Organization Formed, 9/11/09

Welcome to JOMP911T

Welcome to JOMP911T

Thank you for your interest in discovering and reporting the truth. We are
a non-partisan organization whose goals are to inspire, organize and unite media
professionals to first uncover and then report on what really happened on September
11, 2001. These efforts, along with those of other professional organizations,
will ultimately lead to the convening of a real investigatory body where seeking
the truth will be the guiding principle, not political expediency.

The importance of the media as a prime mover is encapsulated in the quotes
below.

We invite you to browse our website, read the materials, and, hopefully, sign
our petition of support for a new 9/11 investigation. With your time and effort
a new investigation will be increasingly likely. We sincerely appreciate your
contribution.

Mission Statement

Journalists and Other Media Professionals for 9/11 Truth (JOMP911T) is an
international organization of journalists and other media professionals who
have, unlike the mainstream (corporate) media, been reporting information that
challenges the official account of 9/11.

We seek an independent investigation, unfettered by political constraints,
which has full subpoena powers and examines all of the evidence relevant to
determining what happened on 9/11. To date, virtually all of the evidence that
conflicts with the official account has been ignored by the mass media.

Who We Are

We are a group of 5 diverse New England citizens. A number of common interests
drew us together and this website is the result.

We passionately… Continue reading

COMMENTARY: A New 9/11 Investigation in New York City? The Voters Will Decide–If the Lawyers Let Them

by James Ridgeway
First published in his blog Unsilent Generation on 10 September 2009
BaltimoreChronicle.com

Truth was obviously censored and ncomplete in the original 9/11 Commission’s report. If anyone deserves the opportunity to press on for answers, it is the people of the City of New York. The next few weeks will tell whether they are at long last given that opportunity.

In the five years since the 9/11 Commission released its studious but timid report, Americans of all political stripes have advocated for a new investigation into the attacks of September 11, 2001. Since Obama seems intent upon putatively pardoning the Bush Administration for all of its crimes and misdemeanors, such an investigation will clearly not take place at the federal level. But a New-York based organization has been pursuing a local effort–and on the eve of the eighth anniversary of the attacks, it has achieved what could be an important step toward its goal. The New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN), which describes itself as “a group comprising 9/11 family members, first responders, and survivors,” has gathered signatures to place a referendum for a new 9/11 investigation on the November ballot in New York City.

The Bloomberg administration fought the effort by claiming that only about 26,000 of the 52,000 signatures submitted by NYC CAN were valid, leaving the group some 4,000 short of the requirement for a ballot measure. After the New York courts appointed a “referee” to review the tossed-out petitions, NYC CAN… Continue reading

Breaking News Bulletin – NYC CAN – City Concedes Initiative Signatures Valid

NYC CAN Breaking News Bulletin – FORWARD WIDELY September 10, 2009

City of New York Concedes 9/11 Coalition Has 30,000 Valid Signatures To Put Referendum For 9/11 Investigation on November Ballot

New York — In a last minute decision, lawyers for the City of New York have conceded that the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN), a group comprising 9/11 family members, first responders and survivors, indeed did submit over 30,000 valid signatures to put the referendum for a new 9/11 investigation before the voters of New York City this November.

In an earlier letter from the City Clerk dated July 24, 2009, the City had claimed only 26,003 signatures were valid, 3,997 short of the requisite 30,000. The City’s concession that over 30,000 of the 52,000 signatures submitted were in fact valid paves the way for lawyers from both sides to argue the legality of petition.

Asked whether he thought NYC CAN could overcome the City’s challenge to the legality of the petition, legal counsel to the petitioners, Dennis McMahon, said, “Absolutely. Although the City has an incredibly successful record of shooting down ballot initiatives, we will be arguing from a fresh perspective that reflects the unprecedented events of 9/11. We believe the courts will see how critical an issue this is, and be persuaded with our legal reasoning and point of view.” A final determination on the legality of the petition will be reached in time for the referendum to be included on the November… Continue reading

AE911truth.org at Commonwealth Club – Live Stream Tonight

AE911Truth with Richard Gage, AIA

LIVE STREAMED from The Commonwealth Club of California

TONIGHT, Tuesday, September 8 starting at 5:45PM Pacific

An important event for the 9/11 truth movement will occur on Tuesday night
in San Francisco when Richard Gage, AIA, speaks at the oldest public forum in
the nation, The Commonwealth
Club
in California. Architects & Engineers For 9/11 Truth will webcast
this event live on the Internet from our website AE911Truth.org.

We follow in the footsteps of the great David Ray Griffin, who first broke
the 9/11 Truth barrier at the Commonwealth Club last year. In just under 40
minutes we will present the scientific evidence for the explosive controlled
destruction of the 3 World Trade Center high-rises on 9/11. We will examine
the behavior of these buildings as well as the explosive evidence found in the
debris. More evidence may be found on our website
and DVD.

A screening of this historic moment will be presented in New York City at 56
Walker Street. Also, everyone is encouraged to tune in on your own computer
as Mr. Gage explains why the official conspiracy theory put forth by NIST is
not supported by the evidence, and that explosive controlled demolition is,
very unfortunately, the only viable explanation for the WTC destruction in New
York City on September 11, 2001.

Pre-register! If you are local and coming please make sure to get your tickets
today as it might be sold out.

We’ll see you live at 5:45!

911truth.org Statement to the Press

Issued September 4, 2009

Numerous media outlets have contacted 911truth.org, asking us to “make
sense” of Van Jones’ “strange” behavior. We have issued the following
statement:

As the eighth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, what doesn’t make sense to
us is that media outlets choose to impugn the character of the signatories
rather than carry out your responsibility as watchdogs to call attention to
the as yet unanswered questions raised in the 2004 statement. Five years later,
we challenge you to finally print those same unanswered questions and pursue
their answers with the same vigor with which you pursue the signatories.

We are overwhelmed by all the messages of support that we have received in the last 24 hours. We apologize that we can not possibly respond to each individual message, but please know we do read each one and are grateful for your support. For those of you asking what you can do to help, we encourage you to use the questions of this 2004 Statement as talking points for calls to your local media outlets and national call-in programs, and letters to the editors. Perhaps with your help, we can finally get answers to these lingering questions. Thank you.

For readers’ convenience, following is the actual Truth Statement signed onto
by Van Jones in 2004, currently being discussed in the media.

The Statement

We Want Real Answers About 9/11

On August 31, 2004, Zogby International, the official North American political polling agency for Reuters, released a poll that found… Continue reading

Debate: Hicks vs. Devitt on 9/11 – ‘Should NY Reopen the 9/11 Investigation?’

Debates at Lolita Bar: “Should NY Reopen the 9/11 Investigation?”

Wednesday, September 2, at 8pm, with:

Sander Hicks, author of The Big Wedding, arguing yes.

Saul Devitt, computer programmer and skeptic, arguing no.

(And the group NYC CAN is fighting in court, meanwhile, over whether to make it a ballot initiative question, making the topic timely again.)

Hosted by Todd Seavey and moderated by Michel Evanchik.

Free admission, cash bar. Basement level of Lolita Bar at 266 Broome St. (New York City) at the corner of Allen St. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, one block south
and three west of the Delancey St. F, J, M, Z subway stop.

This is, in effect, our second of three debates on "conspiracy"-related
topics — bring all the skeptics, watchdogs, truth-seekers, or debunkers you
know. And the audience gets to vote on the question at the end.

Stand with Cindy Sheehan who Stands with 9/11 Truth

The Silence of the Antiwar Movement is Deafening
Cindy Sheehan’s Lonely Vigil in Obamaland

By JOHN V. WALSH August 26, 2009 Counterpunch.com

A funny thing has happened on Cindy Sheehan’s long road from Crawford, Texas, to Martha’s Vineyard. Many of those who claim to lead the peace movement and who so volubly praised her actions in Crawford, TX, are not to be seen. Nor heard. The silence in fact is deafening, or as Cindy put it in an email to this writer, “crashingly deafening.” Where are the email appeals to join Cindy from The Nation or from AFSC or Peace Action or “Progressive” Democrats of America (PDA) or even Code Pink? Or United for Peace and Justice. (No wonder UFPJ is essentially closing shop, bereft of most of their contributions and shriveling up following the thinly veiled protest behind the “retirement” of Leslie Cagan.) And what about MoveOn although it was long ago thoroughly discredited as principled opponents of war or principled in any way shape or form except slavish loyalty to the “other” War Party. And of course sundry “socialist” organizations are also missing in action since their particular dogma will not be front and center. These worthies and many others have vanished into the fog of Obama’s wars.

Just to be sure, this writer contacted several of the “leaders” of the “official” peace movement in the Boston area — AFSC, Peace Action, Green Party of MA (aka Green Rainbow Party) and some others. Not so much as the courtesy of a reply resulted from this effort – although the GRP at least posted a notice of the action.…

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Silencing of NYC Voters will not go Unchallenged

 

NYC CAN News Bulletin – FORWARD WIDELY August 24, 2009

SILENCING OF NYC VOTERS WILL NOT GO UNCHALLENGED

On Monday, August 10, NYC CAN began a comprehensive review of the nearly 26,000 signatures invalidated by the New York City Board of Elections and City Clerk. With 26,003 signatures accepted as valid by the City, at least 3,997 additional signatures were needed to exceed the threshold of 30,000 signatures. 10 days, 50 volunteers and 1,000 man-hours later, we are thrilled to report we have so far discovered 6,924 signatures we will argue were wrongly invalidated.

In addition, the Court has granted an extension allowing us to complete our review of 6 unfinished volumes. We anticipate having well over 7,000 additional valid signatures once the review is complete. The 50+ individuals who helped conduct the review take great pride in knowing their work has stopped the silencing of 7,000 New York City voters and allowed their voices to be heard.

On Friday, August 28, we must serve a Bill of Particulars listing all signatures we argue should be deemed valid by the Court. Special Referee Louis Crespo will begin a line-by-line review of the disputed signatures on Tuesday, September 8, and is scheduled to complete his review by Friday, September 18.

Pending the outcome of the Court’s review of the disputed signatures, lawyers for NYC CAN and the City will begin arguing the legality of the petition’s proposed amendment to the City Charter.

Looking ahead, NYC CAN will submit an additional… Continue reading

Tom Ridge kisses and tells on Bush

By Brad Knickerbocker
August 20, 2009
The Christian Science Monitor

For those who had their doubts about the politics behind the Bush administration’s “war on terrorism,” Tom Ridge’s new book will fuel long-held suspicions.

The former Republican governor of Pennsylvania, who was the first head of the Department of Homeland Security, says two top Bush officials — Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft — pressured him to up the terror alert level before the 2004 election, according to promotional materials by publisher Macmillan.

“Ridge also charges that he was often ‘blindsided’ during daily morning briefings with Bush because the FBI withheld information from him, and says he was never invited to sit in on National Security Council meetings,” reports AFP.

Former Bush officials have been quick to push back on Ridge’s revelation.

Frances Frago Townsend, who coordinated homeland security matters at the National Security Council under President Bush, said Ridge is “absolutely wrong” in his allegation. “Politics played no part in any discussion” of the Homeland Security Council, Ms. Townsend insists in The Atlantic.

Not surprisingly, Ridge’s news has ricocheted around cable TV, radio talk shows, and the blogosphere.

Kansas City Star columnist Yael Abouhalkah says Ridge’s “serious charges” are “scathing.”

“An abuse so gross — if Ridge is right — shows, among other things, what a powerful influence on the all-important tracking polls terror alerts must have had,” writes Ben Smith on Politico.com. “And it suggests that Obama’s efforts to keep terror arrests out of… Continue reading

Over Two Dozen Locations to Honor Barry Jennings through Bannering

August 13, 2009

Nearly one year ago, on August 19, 2008, 53 year old Barry Jennings died, two days before the release of the NIST Final Report on the collapse of WTC7. Jennings had bee serving as Deputy Director of Emergency Services Department for New York City, including on September 11th, 2001, when he saw and heard explosions BEFORE the Twin Towers fell, while attempting to evacuate the WTC7 Command Center with NY Corporation Counsel Michael Hess. Jennings publicly shared his experiences with reporters on the day of 9/11/01, as well as in a lengthy 2007 video interview with Dylan Avery, a small clip of which was the released; subsequently his job was repeatedly threatened and he asked that the taped interview not be released. However, after an interview with Jennings was broadcast by the BBC in their program The Third Tower ostensibly refuting what he had previously stated to Avery, Avery felt compelled to release the full original video interview to show the distortions made by the BBC. The cause of Jennings’ death has not been made public, and a private investigator hired by Avery to discover the cause and circumstances surrounding his death abruptly ended his investigation. (More detail on all of this is available at jenningsmystery.com.) In spite of the significance of Jennings’ position with NYC on 9/11 and his controversial eyewitness testimony regarding the collapse of WTC7, the media has not investigated or reported on his death, nor reported on his statements.

Widespread public action… 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

9/11 survivors call for renewed probe as 8th anniversary approaches

9/11 survivors call for renewed probe as 8th anniversary approaches
Posted by Bob Braun/Star-Ledger Columnist August 09, 2009
NJ.com: Blog.nj.com

The eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is a month away and some survivors
of those lost believe it’s a good time to renew an investigation into the events
of that disastrous day. New York City disagrees.

"We know we never have learned the truth, it’s as simple as that,” says
Lorie Van Auken of East Brunswick, one of the most ardent supporters of the
creation of the 9/11 commission in 2002. It was headed by former New Jersey
governor Thomas H. Kean.

"Members and staff of the 9/11 commission have said many of the questions
raised by the attacks have never been answered.”

Van Auken was a founding member of Sept. 11 Advocates, originally a group of
four New Jersey widows whose husbands were killed that day. The group, informally
called "the Jersey girls,” successfully lobbied for the creation of the
commission.

The four women formed the core of a "steering committee" that was
loosely attached to the panel, and then became lobbyists for enactment of the
commission’s recommendations and critics of many of its findings after the panel’s
report was published almost exactly five years ago.

Van Auken is now affiliated with an organization called NYC-CAN — New York
City Coalition for Accountability Now — that has spent the last few months
collecting signatures on a petition designed to require New York’s city council
to place the creation… Continue reading

NYC CAN News Bulletin — July 31, 2009

NYC CAN Banner

PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY

9/11 Family Members and Survivor File for Re-validation of Citizens’
Signatures with New York State Supreme Court, following rejection of NYC CAN
petition by the City Clerk and Board of Elections

New York City — On Wednesday, several 9/11 victim family members and a
survivor took the first step in challenging the City Clerk’s rejection
of the NYC CAN petition for a new investigation in New York City. The group
filed a Verified Petition/Order to Show Cause with the Supreme Court of the
State of New York requesting a review of Board of Election documentation and
a ‘special referee’ appointed to re-validate the over 52,000 signatures
filed by NYC CAN on June 24th.

The NYC CAN petition was rejected by the City Clerk on Friday, July 24th, a
week ago, certifying less than the minimum of 30,000 qualified signatures of
electors. This benchmark, according to the Clerk’s office, was not met.
A “qualified elector” is a registered New York City voter who was
eligible to vote in the last election. According to the letter sent by the Clerk
to the City Council, the NY Board of Elections validated 26,003 signatures and
invalidated 24,664, leaving 1,333 that were not certified.

At a hearing scheduled for Monday, August 3rd, before a Supreme Court Justice,
the plaintiffs, representing tens of thousands of concerned New Yorkers who
support a new 9/11 investigation, will formally raise their request for an independent
review of the Board of Elections findings. If granted by the… Continue reading

9/11 Families, First Responders and Survivors to take NYC to Court over Denial of NYC CAN Initiative Ballot Placement

A CALL TO ACTION — PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY

NYC CAN Banner

www.NYCCAN.org

July 27, 2009

9/11 FAMILIES, FIRST RESPONDERS AND SURVIVORS TO TAKE NEW YORK CITY TO COURT
OVER NYC CAN PETITION

SEVENTY THOUSAND New Yorkers signed the NYC CAN petition, raising their voices
in support of NYC CAN’s demand for accountability. They have chosen to
place the decision to create a new 9/11 investigation — a REAL 9/11 investigation
— exactly where it belongs: before the voters of New York City this November.
The voices of SEVENTY THOUSAND Americans who believe in democracy and believe
that government exists to serve the people — and not the other way around
— have been GAGGED by ONE so-called “PUBLIC SERVANT” —
The New York City Clerk — who denied the petition and the voice of the
people.

Welcome to America. Democracy denied.

Did you REALLY expect those in halls of power to honor the WILL OF THE PEOPLE?
Did you expect this demand for accountability to go uncontested by those who
have forgotten the very meaning of the word? Perhaps this obstruction of democracy
would go unchallenged in THEIR America. Not in OUR America.

9/11 family members, first responders and survivors expected nothing less than
business as usual and ARE NOT HAVING IT. They are preparing to take the City
of New York to court to challenge the wrongful denial of our right to decide
on the creation of a new 9/11 investigation.

Friends, your determination and generosity have brought us to this crucial… Continue reading

Is it time to endorse NYC CAN?

John Albanese
July 23, 2009
New York City

70,000 signatures. A groundswell of endorsements from some of the most prestigious
and well-respected names in and out of the 9/11 Truth movement, anti-war movement,
government and military officials, and, most importantly, the victim’s
families.

Whether one agrees or disagrees with the underlying language, history and personalities
of those involved, it cannot be disputed that NYC CAN represents perhaps the
most unified and historic groundswell of public support for a 9/11 investigation
in the history of the 9/11 Truth movement. We cannot turn our backs on the self-evident
nature of this historic collaboration.

For this reason I can no longer withhold my endorsement.

I am well aware of the problems inherent in this initiative. As one of the
last few holdouts in the 9/11 Truth community, I too was deeply concerned with
various aspects of this initiative. But, in many respects the widespread attention,
and unifying character of the many endorsements, and the community outreach
associated with the initiative, makes this not just a referendum on the events
of 9/11, but also a virtual referendum on the nature of the 9/11 Truth movement
itself.

With so much widespread support and exposure NYC CAN will once and for all
create a high-profile platform for an open and honest dialogue — not just
about the events of 9/11 — but about OURSELVES – and our ability to maintain
our dignity and credibility as a movement in the face of what will invariably
be organized… Continue reading

Daniel Sunjata: Donate to NYC CAN

July 14, 2009

Daniel SunjataFor 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 issue.

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!…

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U.S. to vaccinate millions against swine flu

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.…

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