Friday, September 11 2009 - Endorsements & Support
Would you still sign the 9/11 Truth petition?
911truth.org will have more to say on this when our website recovers from the server overload we've experienced today, including a 2009 Truth Statement with opportunity to add your endorsement.
We ask signatories of the statement that helped drive Van Jones from office if they stand by it. Updated
By Vincent Rossmeier
... Salon contacted nearly 30 of the petition's signatories to see if they felt, as did Lerner, Zinn and Jones, that the document didn't reflect their views on 9/11. We asked a simple question: If you had to do it all over again, would you still sign the statement?
Salon has not heard back from two of the statement's most famous signatories: actor Ed Asner and comedian Janeane Garofalo. (Updated: We have received and added Asner's response to the list below.) But many did respond and most -- though not all -- expressed their full-fledged support for the petition. Their responses are below:
Ed Asner (through his company, Quince Productions): Mr. Asner would sign the petition again without the slightest hesitation.
Gray Brechin, historical geographer and visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Department of Geography: Until recently, I thought that I (like Van Jones) live in a country with a First Amendment that permits freedom of speech, thought and petition without fear of reprisal. I had that pleasant illusion despite growing up in the dark shadow of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, of red scares, blacklists and witch hunts, of the John Birch Society (and worse), which the Old Guard of the Republican Party then considered zanies. The ideological descendants of those wackos have since taken over that party. I suspect that you did not grow up at that time.
Since when did Salon permit Glenn Beck and the almost equally loony WSJ editorial page to set the terms of discussion, calling those who want answers to so much that remains unexplained about 9/11 "truthers" and thus giving them equivalence with "birthers," "deathers" and "tea baggers"? Since when was Van Jones a "czar" rather than an advisor? Since when was he not entitled to his opinions, past or present? Was it when he was born black and inexcusably smart? Jones is the kind of visionary with whom Franklin Roosevelt surrounded himself but of which the Obama administration is almost entirely bereft, and now that administration has shamefully thrown him to the sharks. ...
Friday, September 11 2009 - First Responders/Health Effects
Eight Years After 9/11, Ground Zero Volunteer Dying of Lung Disease is One of Many Still Fighting for Justice
Today marks the eighth anniversary of 9/11, with vigils being held to remember the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks. We look at a group of victims that are often forgotten in the September 11 narrative: the thousands of rescue workers who became sick after being exposed to contaminants at Ground Zero. Hundreds have died. We speak to Joe Picurro, a New Jersey ironworker who worked as a volunteer on the pile for twenty-eight days. He is now dying of lung disease. We also speak with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who is co-sponsoring the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and Dr. Jacqueline Moline, director of the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
JUAN GONZALEZ: Vigils will be held today at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania to remember the nearly 3,000 people killed eight years ago in the September 11th attacks. In New York, moments of silence will be observed at Ground Zero to mark the time when the hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center and to mark when the towers fell. A reading of the victims' names will also be held at Ground Zero.
Today on Democracy Now! we look at a group of victims that are often forgotten in the September 11th narrative: the many rescue workers who have since become sick after being exposed to contaminants at Ground Zero. In a few minutes we'll be joined by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York. She's the sponsor of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which would provide permanent health treatment and compensation for all 9/11 Ground Zero workers and residents who become sick from their exposures to contaminants. But first, we want to turn to the story of Joe Picurro, an iron worker from New Jersey.
Friday, September 11 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
COMMENTARY: A New 9/11 Investigation in New York City? The Voters Will Decide--If the Lawyers Let Them
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 misdemenors, 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 scrambled to validate thousands of signatures, and submitted 28,000 more. And just yesterday, the group announced in a press release that "in a last minute decision, lawyers for the City of New York have conceded that [NYC CAN] indeed did submit over 30,000 valid signatures...The City's concession...paves the way for lawyers for both sides to argue the legality of the petition."
Thursday, September 10 2009 - Get Involved
Breaking News Bulletin - NYC CAN - City Concedes Initiative Signatures Valid
Manny Badillo, 9/11 family member who is Outreach Director for NYCCAN, will be interviewed by Don Olson on KFAI radio on the Northern Sun News show, http://www.kfai.org/ , 11:30 AM Central Standard Time on 9/11/09.
City of New York Concedes 9/11 Coalition Has 30,000 Valid Signatures To Put Referendum For 9/11 Investigation on November Ballot
September 10, 2009
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 ballot should the petitioners prevail.
Wednesday, September 9 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
Live Broadcast - Keynote Speakers from Oakland 9/11 Truth Film Festival
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Will be archived here after the broadcasts by Friday.
Wednesday & Thursday Evening - LIVE From Oakland
Live Radio Broadcast -- Keynote Speakers from the 911 Truth Film Festival
Will be archived here after the broadcasts by Friday.
Dylan Avery answers questions from the audience LIVE
Wednesday, Sept 9 at 9:20 pm Pacific -- 12:20 am Eastern -- 04:20 GMT
Q & A with Dylan Avery right after the West Coast Premiere of his new film, Loose Change, An American Coup.
On Google alone, the preceding versions of “Loose Change” have been viewed nearly 125 million times. On YouTube the film has a combined viewership of over 30 million worldwide. More than two million copies of the DVD have been sold, and thousands more have been given away. The original “Loose Change” film has been translated into twenty-six languages and has spawned a truth movement around the world. The initial film had a budget of $2,000. This latest version, “Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup”, has an estimated budget of $1,000,000. “Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup” is available exclusively on DVD September 22, 2009.
Tuesday, September 8 2009 - In the Media
National Geographic Does 9/11: Another Icon Debased in Service of the Big Lie
by Jim Hoffman
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, 2001 an article in National Geographic News attempted to explain the "collapses" with such memetic devices mouthed by "experts" as "the raging inferno" (likened to a fraction of the Hiroshima A-bomb) turning the steel to "Play-doh" and precipitating a "domino collapse" in which "the buildings' majesty was their own undoing".
Tuesday, September 8 2009 - Editorials
Why Conspiracy Theory Rhetoric is Hurting our Democracy
By Tim Hjersted
Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, President Bush asked the American public to "never entertain outrageous conspiracy theories." The irony of his statement is easily lost. Most people consider themselves reasonable, thoughtful individuals that don't believe in crazy conspiracy theories, but the Official story of 9/11 -- that 19 radical terrorists conspired for several years to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings -- is, in fact, a conspiracy theory. It just happens that this theory has the official endorsement of the U.S. government. So, believe our conspiracy theory, not theirs, Mr. Bush asks us. Don't look at the facts. Don't investigate for yourself. Just believe what you're told.
This is, in effect, what the government and the mainstream media is asking us when it labels any idea a "conspiracy theory," and we can see how incredibly effective this tool has been in stunting rational debate.
Over the decades, the term "conspiracy theory" has gained an increasingly negative stigma. People associate conspiracy theorists with kooks and wackos, paranoid rabble-rousers and self-proclaimed prophets with delusions of grandeur.
Long story short, the term has a whole long list of negative connotations, and most reasonable folks who value their reputation will avoid any conspiracy topics like the plague once it's clear that the topic is now deemed ultra hazardous "conspiracy" territory.
Tuesday, September 8 2009 - Research/Evidence
9/11 Training Exercise Planned for Simulated Plane Crash Five Minutes before Pentagon Attack Took Place
September 7, 2009
History Commons Groups
Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline
Five minutes before the Pentagon was hit on September 11, 2001, a training exercise being run by a US intelligence agency just over 20 miles from the Pentagon was set to include the scenario of a small private jet plane crashing into a building. It is unclear whether the scenario was played out, or if the exercise had been called off by that time.
Important details of the exercise, which was being conducted by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) at its headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia, are revealed in a document obtained by the 9/11 Commission. The document, titled "Early Morning Flight Activity September 11, 2001," was part of a series of 9/11 Commission records moved to the US National Archives at the start of this year. It was found there, and posted online, by History Commons contributor paxvector.
Tuesday, September 8 2009 - Truth Movement News
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.
Monday, September 7 2009 - In the Media
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:
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:
Monday, September 7 2009 - Other Important News
FBI Whistleblower: Hastert, Burton, Blunt, Other Members of Congress 'Bribed, Blackmailed'
Breaking Down the Under-Oath Disclosures of the Formerly-Gagged Sibel Edmonds...
It has now been over a week since the video tape and transcript from the remarkable 8/8/09 deposition of former FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was publicly released. Previously, the Bush Administration invoked the so-called "state secrets privilege" in order to gag Edmonds, in attempting to keep such information from becoming public.
The under-oath, detailed allegations include bribery, blackmail, espionage and infiltration of the U.S. government of, and by current and former members of the U.S. Congress, high-ranking State and Defense Department officials and agents of the government of Turkey. The broad criminal conspiracy is said to have resulted in, among other things, the sale of nuclear weapons technology to black market interests including Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, Libya and others.
Even as many of these allegations had been previously corroborated to varying extents, by a number of official government reports, documents and independent media outlets (largely overseas), not a single major mainstream media outlet in the U.S. has picked up on Edmonds' startling claims since her deposition has been made fully available.
Monday, September 7 2009 - In the Media
National Geographic Channel on 9/11: Manipulation vs. Objectivity
By Dwain Deets and Gregg Roberts
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.
Monday, September 7 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
by Nicole Sandler
September 4, 2009
AUDIO: Click here
There are many unanswered questions, and many people who won't rest until they get the answers. During the first hour of tonight's show, I'll speak with two of them.
Manny Badillo lost his uncle in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Janette Mackinlay lived right across the street from the twin towers, and was in her apartment when the planes hit, and blew her windows out... and lots of debris in.
Both are now involved with the NYC Coalition for Accountability Now (http://www.nyccan.org/)-- a non-partisan organization comprised of 9/11 families, survivors and concerned citizens committed to bringing about an independent, impartial investigation into the events of 9/11/01.
Friday, September 4 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
Court Says 9/11 Witnesses Can Sue Ashcroft
Former Student Filed Lawsuit Claiming Civil Rights Were Violated
Posted: September 4, 2009
A federal appeals court has ruled that former Attorney General John Ashcroft may be held liable for people who were wrongfully detained as material witnesses after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
In a harshly worded ruling handed down Friday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called the government's use of material witnesses after Sept. 11 "repugnant to the Constitution and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history."
Thursday, September 3 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
Premiere of 'Zero - An Investigation into 9/11' on Austrian National Public TV
September 3, 2009
Good News for 9/11 Truth in the Austrian airwaves! Austrian national public broadcasting TV station ORF (the equivalent to BBC or German ARD) will be showing the premiere of the German version of "Zero - An Investigation into 9/11" by the Italian member of EU parliament Giulietto Chiesa.
CLICK HERE for the website of Austrian ORF, showing all the info.
Time and date: Sunday, 06.September 2009 - 22:50 CET - the station is ORF2.
This is indeed good news of a decent amount of courage by journalists working in a public broadcasting station. Unlike the BBC or German ARD, the Austrians seem to have a bit more courage concerning that topic. It will be a German-dubbed version, which will be a TV premiere. The German title: "9/11 - WAS STECKT WIRKLICH DAHINTER?" ("9/11 - What's really behind it?").
German-speaking 9/11 truth activists should thank the journalists for their courage. You can do that by sending feedback here: http://tv.orf.at/dok.film/
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