US Social Forum Supports Call for Independent, International Investigation into 9/11
During June 27th to July 1st, approximately 9,400 people from across the America,
and beyond, gathered in Atlanta for the historic, first-ever United
States Social Forum. Thanks to donations from some of our generous supporters,
911Truth.org was there, together with about 15 other 911Truth activists from
Georgia, California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Washington DC, and Maryland.
We went with the idea we’d work to “convince” people to look at the
need for a real investigation into the crimes of 9/11. After all, the various
issues and causes represented by this diversity of People were predicated, to
such a strong degree, upon the events of 9/11, and it made sense that if presented
with the information, we’d win some allies.
We were wrong. What we found, instead, was that nearly everyone we spoke with
was already aware of at least some questions about 9/11 and agreed
with us! The People, in spite of resistance we’ve heard from many of their organizational
“leaders,” are already with us.
We learned that on Sunday, the People would gather for a final Assembly where
resolutions would be read and voted upon. Peter Thottam, of 911TruthLA recommended
we submit a proposal, so the group of us at dinner on Friday pulled together
the whereas’s and therefore’s, Peter and Keith Dunwoody (of Atlanta) tweaked
and typed it up, Brian Ottolini made 1000 copies, and the group hit the ground
Saturday morning to distribute the copies and talk with people. At the last
minute, Jose Rodriguez graciously translated it into Spanish, (in spite of a
bum foot which kept him from joining us), and on Sunday morning, at the People’s
Assembly, Peter Thottam spoke to the thousands at this final gathering, to introduce
both this resolution and another very strong resolution supporting Bush &
Cheney’s Impeachment. (Full text of both resolutions follows.)
With resounding applause, the thousands in attendance approved both resolutions.
And as stated at the end of the resolution, we will see to it that every member
of Congress will receive this message–loud and clear!
Our thanks to all of the 911truth activists who worked hard this weekend, the
truth activists and 9/11 victims’ family members who have worked these last
5+ years to lay the foundation to make this possible, to Cindy Sheehan for her
clear, strong voice, and to the 911truth.org supporters who sent us to Atlanta.
Thank you all!!
Friends, we are everyone. We are everywhere! Truth will
Full text of the 9/11 Resolution introduced at the US Social Forum,
Atlanta, June 27-July 1, 2007
Peter Thottam, www.911TruthLA.net;
Keith Dunwoody, www.Atlanta911Truth.org;
& Janice Matthews, www.911Truth.org.
WAR, MILITARISM & THE PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
U.S. SOCIAL FORUM SUPPORTS CINDY SHEEHAN’S CALL FOR
A NEW INDEPENDENT AND INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION OF THE CAUSES AND CIRCUMSTANCES
SURROUNDING THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
WHEREAS, in accordance with the 2007 U.S. Social Forum’s Charter
of Principles we are united in our opposition to “…any form of imperialism,
and are committed to building a planetary society…” and are united in
the common purpose of social, economic and political justice; and
WHEREAS, the attacks of September 11, 2001 have been consistently
used by the U.S. government as the basis for preemptive illegal wars and empire
building, commonly known as the “Bush Doctrine”; and
WHEREAS, the so-called “war on terrorism” has become
an excuse for the unprecedented destruction of civil liberties, the erosion
of constitutional rights, of domestic surveillance of U.S. citizens, and illegal
detention of immigrants; and
WHEREAS, the vast economic, intellectual and psychological
resources of the American people has been redirected away from needy communities
and towards the pursuit of endless war and global hegemony in a marriage of
corporatism and policy; and
WHEREAS, the 9/11 Commission and their resulting report were
clearly compromised by conflicts of interest and ignored, distorted and omitted
numerous crucial facts surrounding the attacks of September 11 2001 to fit the
officially sanctioned story; and
WHEREAS, members of at least 80 countries died on September
11, 2001; and
WHEREAS, according to numerous national polls, as much as
84% of Americans state they have significant unanswered questions about the
events of September 11, 2001;
WE, THE PEOPLE OF THE 2007 UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM, HEREBY RESOLVE:
To support and pursue the growing calls for a new, international and fully
independent investigation into the causes and events surrounding the attacks
on September 11, 2001.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be
presented to every Member of Congress.
La GUERRA, el MILITARISMO & EL COMPLEJO PRISION-INDUSTRIAL
El FORO SOCIAL DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS SOSTIENE la LLAMADA
CINDY SHEEHAN PARA UNA NUEVA INVESTIGACION INDEPENDIENTE E INTERNACIONAL DE
LAS CAUSAS Y las CIRCUNSTANCIAS que RODEAN LOS ACONTECIMIENTOS DE el 11 de Septiembre
MIENTRAS QUE, de acuerdo con El Fletamento de los Principios
del Foro Social de los EE.UU 2007. que somos unidos en nuestra oposiciÃ³n a la forma “…del imperialismo, y somos cometidos a la construcci Ã³n de una sociedad planetaria. ..” y son unidos en el propÃ³sito comÃºn de la justicia social, econ Ã³mica y polÃtica; y
MIENTRAS QUE, los ataques de el 11 de Septiembre de 2001 ha sido utilizado coherentemente por el gobierno de EE.UU. como la base para guerras y construcci Ã³n de imperios ilegales, comÃº nmente conocido como la “Doctrina de BUSH”; y
MIENTRAS QUE, el llamado “la guerra contra el terrorismo” ha llegado a ser una excusa para la destrucciÃ³n de libertades civiles, la erosiÃ³n de derechos constitucionales, de la vigilancia doméstica de ciudadanos de EE.UU., y de la detenciÃ³n ilegal de inmigrantes; y
MIENTRAS QUE, los recursos vastos, econÃ³micos, intelectuales y psicol Ã³gicos de las personas Americanas han sido redireccionados lejos de comunidades necesitadas y hacia el persecuciÃ³n de la guerra interminable y la hegemon Ãa global en un casamiento del corporacionismo y la polÃtica; y
MIENTRAS QUE, la 9/11 ComisiÃ³n y su informe resultante fueron cedidos claramente por los conflictos de intereses y numerosos hechos ignorados y omitidos cruciales que rodean los ataques de Septiembre 11 2001 en quedar la historia oficialmente sancionada; y
MIENTRAS QUE, numerosos sondeos nacionales revelan una mayorÃa de Americanos no cree la historia oficial; y MIENTRAS QUE, los miembros de por lo menos 80 pa Ãsesse murieron en el 11 de septiembre de 2001; y
MIENTRAS QUE, segÃºn numerosos sondeos nacionales, tanto como 84% de Americanos indica ellos tienen las preguntas no contestadas significativas acerca de losacontecimientos de el 11 de septiembre de 2001;
NOSOTROS, LA GENTE del FORO SOCIAL de los ESTADOS UNIDOS 2007, POR LA PRESENTE se RESUELVE:
Para sostener y seguir las llamadas crecientes para una nueva investigaciÃ³n internacional y completamente independiente en las causas y los acontecimientos que rodean los ataques en el 11 de Septiembre de 2001.
SEA se RESOLVIO AUN MAS, que una copia de esta resoluciÃ³ n es presentada a cada MIEMBRO DEL CONGRESSO.
US SOCIAL FORUM RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE IMPEACHMENT, CONVICTION AND REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
OF PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND VICE PRESIDENT RICHARD CHENEY
WHEREAS, in accordance with the 2007 U.S. Social Forum’s Charter of Principles we are united in our opposition to “…any form of imperialism, and are committed to building a planetary society…” and are united in the common purpose of social, economic and political justice; and
WHEREAS, President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney have repeatedly and intentionally violated the Constitution of the United States causing the People to question the integrity of both the President and Vice President and to suspect that high crimes and misdemeanors have been committed. These violations include but are not limited to:
q Violating the People’s Constitutional right to privacy in their persons and papers by engaging in a persistent, secret and unregulated pattern of domestic surveillance that bypasses the institution (FISA) established for that purpose.
q Conspiring to deprive United States citizens of Constitutional legal protections and access to Justice when charged with or suspected of crimes.
q Exceeding Constitutional Authority to wage war by invading a sovereign nation in direct defiance of the United Nations Security Council.
q Acting upon an interpretation of the Constitution (the “unitary executive”) that ignores standard Separation of Powers and regards the Presidency as unlimited in ability to wage war, bypass civil liberties and remain above the law.
WHEREAS, President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney repeatedly and intentionally misled the Congress, the International Community and the American People as to the risks posed by Iraq, as well as other groups or nations. These misrepresentations, and the actions they triggered, resulted in substantial loss of life to the People of the United States, loss of national treasure and the diminution of our nation’s standing in the world. Such misrepresentations include:
q Influencing, manipulating and distorting intelligence prepared by national agencies such as the CIA, NSA and FBI, so as to present a biased view of events that would support specific strategies favored by the Administration.
q Knowingly and publicly presenting untrue statements regarding Saddam Hussein’s acquiring uranium resources from Africa as part of a reconstituted Nuclear Program, as well as additional untrue statements that Iraq had fully active Chemical and Biological Programs as well.
q Presenting doctored photographs and satellite images to the domestic and international community to support such lies and manipulations.
WHEREAS, President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney have engaged in a pattern of behavior considered to be War Crimes per the Geneva Accords, United Nations Charter and other international treaties to which the United States is a signatory. This behavior includes use of torture, rendering persons to a third party where they will undergo torture and confinement without access to courts of law.
WHEREAS, President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney have abused their powers under the Constitution plus engaged in a pattern of lying and deceit to cover up such abuses. These abuses include:
q Excessive and obstructive use of Presidential Signing Statements as a strategy to bypass the execution of duly passed legislation as required under the Constitution’s separation of powers doctrine.
q Prohibiting, delaying and limiting cabinet members and staff members of the Administration from providing information to Congress in support of Congress’ standard oversight role. .
q Revealing the identity of a covert CIA agent (Valerie Plame) engaged in Middle East intelligence work, presumably as a response to policy criticism by her spouse (Ambassador Wilson).
q Undermining the integrity, readiness and efficacy of governmental agencies such that the People are not reliably served and have reason to doubt the fair and equitable use of national resources. Examples include the Department of Justice, Veterans Administration, FEMA, National Guard, no-bid/no-oversight of government contracting and deployment of our nation’s Armed Forces without providing for sufficient equipment, training and mission planning.
BE IT RESOLVED, that the 2007 United States Social Forum, the first United States Social Forum, supports the impeachment of George W. Bush, President of the United States and Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States for high crimes and misdemeanors and if found guilty be removed from office.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be presented to every California Democratic Member of Congress.
House Res. 333: Congressman Kucinich has made available more than 45 documents supporting the articles of impeachment at his Congressional website, including at least 15 for each article. As of June 29th, including Kucinich, the resolution has eleven co-sponsors up from 8 two weeks earlier! They are:
* Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr., a representative of Missouri
* Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a representative of Illinois, Chief Deputy Whip and member of the Steering and Policy Committee
* Congressman Albert Wynn, a representative of Maryland
* Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, a representative of New York
* Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, a representative of California, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
* Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a representative of California, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
* Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a representative of California, Chair of the Out of Iraq Caucus
* Congressman Keith Ellison, a representative of Minnesota
* Congressman Hank Johnson, a representative of Georgia
* Congressman Jim McDermott, a representative from Washington
If you want further details, please check out the following website: http://impeachcheney.org.
NATIONWIDE IMPEACHMENT TRENDS
The list of state Democratic Parties that have passed resolutions urging the impeachment of Bush and Cheney has recently grown to 15. Meanwhile, 11 state legislatures have introduced such resolutions, which have now been passed by at least 77 cities and towns and a growing list of labor unions and other organizations. These resolutions are all listed at http://impeachpac.org/resolutions-list.