Friday, September 9 2011 - Research/Evidence
Military officials ignored Cheney's 9/11 shoot-down order
By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Newly published audio this week reveals that Vice President Dick Cheney's infamous Sept. 11, 2001 order to shoot down rogue civilian aircraft was ignored by military officials, who instead ordered pilots to only identify suspect aircraft.
That revelation is one of many in newly released audio recordings compiled by investigators for the 9/11 Commission, published this week by The Rutgers Law Review. Featuring voices from employees at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and American Airlines, the newly released multimedia provides a glimpse at the chaos that emerged as the attack progressed.
Most striking of all is the revelation that an order by Vice President Dick Cheney was ignored by the military, which saw his order to shoot down aircraft as outside the chain of command. Instead of acknowledging the order to shoot down civilian aircraft and carrying it out, NORAD ordered fighters to confirm aircraft tail numbers first and report back for further instructions.
Thursday, September 8 2011 - 9/11 Commission
Countering Rhetorical Tricks - "9/11 and the Successful War"
September 7, 2011
by Michael Collins
(Washington, DC) Stratfor Global Intelligence just published an essay announcing that the nation's rulers have conducted a "successful war" on terror following the events of 9/11. The author, CEO and Stratfor founder, George Friedman, dressed up the standard Bush - Cheney justification for the past ten years of foreign misadventures and domestic decline:
"One of the most extraordinary facts of the war that begin on 9/11 was that there have been no more successful major attacks on the United States." George Friedman, September 6
That's the argument pure and simple.
How do you counter that?
First, the statement excludes the most important fact about 9/11. It was a "successful major attack on the United States." The event caused human tragedies accompanied by the shock that the most powerful nation on earth left its centers of governance and finance unprotected.
Friedman and those he defends have one overriding imperative in discussing 9/11, exclude the event itself as a topic of discussion. Move on as though history starts after the successful attacks. Never ever let the topic focus on Bush administration's command negligence surrounding 9/11.
Second, keep in mind that the rhetorical imperative of the successful war argument requires that the following question is rarely asked and never considered at any length. How on earth could these attacks have been planned and executed without discovery? That question must be excluded at all costs. If asked, the clear answers obliterate claims for a successful war that supposedly followed 9/11. The answers completely undermine the arguments supporting the usurpation of the Constitution, the dire costs of the national security state, and endless wars.
Thursday, September 8 2011 - In the Media
National Archives sits on 9/11 Commission records
Reuters Exclusive: by Scot J. Paltrow
Reuters US Online Report Domestic News
Sep 08, 2011 08:14 EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ten years after al Qaeda's attack on the United States, the vast majority of the 9/11 Commission's investigative records remain sealed at the National Archives in Washington, even though the commission had directed the archives to make most of the material public in 2009, Reuters has learned.
The National Archives' failure to release the material presents a hurdle for historians and others seeking to plumb one of the most dramatic events in modern American history.
The 575 cubic feet of records were in large part the basis for the commission's public report, issued July 22, 2004. The commission, formally known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, was established by Congress in late 2002 to investigate the events leading up to the 9/11 attacks, the pre-attack effectiveness of intelligence agencies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the government's emergency response.
In a Reuters interview this week, Matt Fulgham, assistant director of the archives' center for legislative affairs which has oversight of the commission documents, said that more than a third of the material has been reviewed for possible release. But many of those documents have been withheld or heavily redacted, and the released material includes documents that already were in the public domain, such as press articles.
Commission items still not public include a 30-page summary of an April 29, 2004 interview by all 10 commissioners with President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, conducted in the White House's Oval Office. This was the only time the two were formally questioned about the events surrounding the attacks. The information could shed light on public accounts the two men have given in recent weeks of their actions around the time of the attacks.
Several former commission staff members said that because there is no comprehensive effort to unseal the remaining material, portions of the records the commission had hoped would be available by now to scholars and the public instead will remain sealed indefinitely.
Thursday, September 8 2011 - In the Media
The 9/11 Tapes: The Story in the Air; Newly Published Audio Provides Real-Time View of 9/11 Attacks
Cheney Shoot-down Order Confirmed
September 7, 2011
A selection of audio recordings from the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.), North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) and American Airlines from the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The recordings, some of which have been published previously, are being released in a multimedia report originally intended to be part of the Sept. 11 Commission's 2004 report.
Audio files were provided by John J. Farmer Jr., the Dean of Rutgers Law School-Newark and a senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission. Transcripts were edited from text provided by Miles L. Kara, Sr., a professional staff member of the 9/11 Commission. The call from Betty Ong was retrieved from an exhibit presented by the prosecution in United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui in United States District Court in Alexandria, Va.
Thursday, September 8 2011 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
Sydney Radio 2GB Hosts Debate - "Arguments Rage over 9/11: John Bursill vs. Mike King"
Australia's Radio 2GB: Sydney Live with Ben Fordham hosts 9/11 debate
"Arguments Rage over 9/11: John Bursill vs. Mike King"
September 5, 2011
This excellent debate can be heard at 2GB, Sydney's number 1 rated talk station which has been broadcasting for over 80 years, part of Macquarie Radio Network, hosted by 2GB's show, "The Lounge", or via upload to YouTube here ( Audio of Part I ; Audio of Part II )
Sydney Live 3 till 6 is presented by Walkley award winning reporter Ben Fordham.
Thursday, September 8 2011 - Other Important News
The NS Interview: Donna Marsh O'Connor, peace activist
For more information on the organization discussed in this interview, Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, and their incredibly great work, please see their website, PeacefulTomorrows.org.
by Sophie Elmhirst
8 September 2011
The New Statesman
"I can't believe I haven't seen my daughter in ten years"
You lost your daughter in the attacks on the World Trade Center on
9/11. Does the tenth anniversary feel particularly painful?
Do you remember 11 September 2001 clearly?
How did 9/11 transform the US?
Wednesday, September 7 2011 - Get Involved
One: The Event - Make the Shift on 9/11/11
Posted September 7, 2011
from One The Event
ONE: THE EVENT
WE ARE ONE
MAKE THE SHIFT
Inspired by the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the passion of Seattle Fire Fighter Erik Lawyer, we invite you to participate in ONE: The Event. With more than 3 million people around the world, we will make a collective shift by choosing love over fear, kindness over anger, and responsibility rather than blame.
In remembrance of the tragedies of September 11th and the wars that followed, we will honor all those senselessly lost by rebuilding our relationships with love and kindness, and celebrate our global unity.
You, your friends and loved ones are all invited to join us online, or at our hub event in Seattle on 9/11, or at one of our satellite events across the world to help us launch a movement ending our cycle of fear and disempowerment, and step into our collective power of ONE. Now and forever!
Wednesday, September 7 2011 - In the Media
Questioning 9/11: The Politician Turned Conspiracy Theorist
Andreas von Bulow believes the US carried out the 9/11 attacks.
September 6, 2011
Andreas von Bulow used to be a German cabinet minister and member of parliament for the Social Democrats. Now he is a best-selling author who writes books about 9/11 conspiracy theories. His former colleagues no longer want anything to do with him.
Wednesday, September 7 2011 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
The Boiling Frogs presents Paul Thompson--Part II
September 6, 2011
This is Part II of our three-part one-of-a-kind interview series with author and researcher Paul Thompson. For additional background information please visit the complete 9/11 Timeline Investigative Project at HistoryCommons.org and Richard Clarke's interview by John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski at SecrecyKills.com.
Paul Thompson joins us to discuss the latest revelations by former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke and his explosive allegations against three former top CIA officials -- George Tenet, Cofer Black and Richard Blee -- accusing them of knowingly withholding intelligence about two of the 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, who had entered the United States more than a year before the attacks. He provides us with the most comprehensive history and context to date on Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, who hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 with three other terrorists and flew the jetliner directly into the Pentagon killing 189 people. Mr. Thompson takes us through a mind-boggling journey through the Yemen Hub, the highly critical Malaysia Summit, Thailand, USS Cole bombing, CIA's Alec Station, NSA, FBI and beyond!
Paul Thompson is the author of The Terror Timeline, a compilation of over 5,000 reports and articles concerning the September 11, 2001 attacks. His research in the field has garnered over 100 radio and TV interviews. Mr. Thompson holds a psychology degree from Stanford University obtained in 1990. For the complete 9/11 Timeline Investigative Project visit HistoryCommons.org
Here is our guest Paul Thompson unplugged!
Wednesday, September 7 2011 - In the Media
10 years later, 9/11 still shrouded in mystery
By Will Bunch
September 7, 2011
Philadelphia Daily News
IF YOU THINK that on the 10th anniversary you know the whole story of 9/11 - and here I'm addressing conspiracy-minded "truthers" and the 13 percent who approved of the job Dick Cheney did as vice president - actually, you don't.
Time has upheld the broad story line of how hijackers loyal to Osama bin Laden hijacked four planes and killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001 - claims about holograms being used to attack buildings instead of jetliners notwithstanding. At the same time, the dictum of famed investigative reporter I.F. Stone about all governments - i.e., they lie - is no less true about 9/11 than any other event.
Here are 10 questions about 9/11 that remain unanswered.
1. Did the CIA cover up its advance knowledge of at least two of the 9/11 hijackers?
Richard Clarke, the national counterterrorism czar on 9/11, thinks so. In an interview for an upcoming radio documentary, Clarke claimed that top-level CIA officials deliberately withheld from the White House and the FBI knowledge as early as 2000 that two al Qaeda members - Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar - were living in San Diego.
The former anti-terror chief said he believes that the CIA kept the info under wraps because it wanted to recruit the two Saudis to serve as double agents within bin Laden's organization. Instead, the two terrorists ended up hijackers on American Flight 77. George Tenet, who was CIA director, claims that Clarke is "reckless and profoundly wrong."
Wednesday, September 7 2011 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
Exploding the 9/11 Myth - Sifting through the Evidence - Interview with Kevin Ryan
September 1, 2011
Kevin Ryan will be speaking on the Community Currency Radio Show this week about "Exploding the 9/11 Myth." As a whistleblower from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), he was fired for publicly questioning UL's role in testing for the failure of the steel in the WTC, due to "fire." Since then, he has done a tremendous amount of research, written and spoken out against what he considers to be fraudulent science that has been used to cover up the crimes and the identity of the real culprits behind 9/11.
Kevin Ryan is a chemistry laboratory manager with twenty-two years of professional experience. Through his work as Site Manager for the environmental testing division of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), he began to investigate the tragedy of September 11th, 2001. Ryan was fired by UL, in 2004, for publicly asking questions about UL's testing of the structural materials used to construct the World Trade Center (WTC) buildings as well as UL's involvement in the WTC investigation being conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Since 2006, Ryan has served as co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies, and has been a founding member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice, the 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington, and Scientists for 9/11 Truth. He now serves as a board director at Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Kevin Ryan has co-authored several books and numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles on the subject, and has given public presentations around the country for more than five years. He continues to do research into the crimes of 9/11 in order to help the American people come to a better understanding of the events. He is on the organizing committee for the Toronto Hearings and scheduled to speak about the "Inadequacies of the Reports by the National Institute of Standards and Technology" and "Extreme Temperatures."
Tuesday, September 6 2011 - Get Involved
Faith Leaders to Hold Multi-Faith Memorial Service on 9/11
Posted September 4th, 2011
Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth Brings Together Leaders of Many Faiths and Belief Systems to Honor Those Who Perished
NEW YORK, NY -- A variety of religious and spiritual leaders will hold a memorial service to honor those who died as a result of the 9/11 attacks, and provide spiritual succor and encouragement to all those who still grieve over the events of that tragic day. The service will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village at 10:00 a.m. The service will be followed by a fellowship time, including refreshments.
Hosted by Father Frank Morales, an Episcopal priest, and Rev. Ian Alterman, an evangelical minister, the service will bring together faith leaders and spiritual leaders from a variety of traditions, and will include prayers, intercessions, music, songs, sermons, and respectful memorials. Also participating will be survivors and surviving family members.
Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth believes -- as do thousands of scientists and professionals including architects, engineers, pilots, firefighters, first responders, and 9/11 family members -- that there are still many unanswered questions with regard to the attacks, and facts which contradict many aspects of the official story, and that faith leaders do a disservice to those who died if they do not do as almost every faith traditions instructs, and seek the truth.
Tuesday, September 6 2011 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
AE911Truth.org film pre-release version; available for purchase/download
Statement from Richard Gage, AIA, Founder, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
Welcome to our Pre-Release Edition of "9/11: Explosive Evidence -- Experts Speak Out" where we are partnering with you to complete this important film with sufficient quality to maximize its effect in informing and enlightening professionals and the general public worldwide about this critical evidence regarding the destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers.
AE911Truth is encouraged by the excitement surrounding this new milestone documentary. Now is the time for all responsible professionals to speak out about the scientific forensic evidence that has been hidden and distorted by officials tasked with reporting the facts -- yet discovered and disseminated by thousands of truth seekers around the world with no axes to grind.
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth now number over 1,500 technical and building professionals, 43 of whom are doing just that in this film -- speaking out about the deep flaws in the official story.
This is a time that calls for courage -- and we applaud these professionals for their bold choice to participate in this documentary.
Monday, September 5 2011 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
Does Science Lie?
September 4, 2011
by John Parulis
As we approach the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we must weigh our collective need for maintaining and promoting what is believed to be "safe" against what is in fact true. A PhD in physics and former student of physics teacher David Chandler, when showed the compelling research David has put together on the physical improbability of the official story of the building collapses of the Three World Trade buildings on September 11 said, "I understand and accept your data as scientifically accurate and flawless, yet I don't believe it".
Photo: David Chandler
As David Chandler states in his recent DVD,"9/11 Analysis," "It's time to take the blinders off". Remembering the enormous loss of life and the epic reaches of the sorrow of 9/11 can best be served by embracing the Truth, no matter how difficult a task that may be. Doing otherwise promotes the system that created this misery. David Chandler's research is honest, scientifically precise and profoundly compelling. Without pointing a finger of blame, David asks other scientists to test his work. He asks all of us to allow the rigors of science to clear our thinking, beliefs and assumptions so that a new dawning of intelligence and enlightenment replaces the belief system that enslaves us to the way things are.
Sunday, September 4 2011 - First Responders/Health Effects
First responders decry exclusion from 9/11 ceremony
By Jeff Stein
August 30, 2011
New York (CNN) -- When debris rained from the sky in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001, the first responders to the terrorist attack did not turn away. They rushed to the World Trade Center buildings while the world around them crumbled.
Yet now, after all the wreckage has been cleared and the rebuilding has begun, their path is again blocked -- not by flying chunks of smoldering rubble, but by space constraints.
The first responders are not invited to this year's September 11 memorial ceremony at ground zero, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office confirmed Monday.
It's a painful insult for many of the approximately 3,000 men and women who risked their lives, limbs and lungs on that monumental day, puncturing another hole in a still searing wound.
In a statement, Bloomberg spokesman Andrew Brent said the commemoration ceremony is for the victims' families.
"While we are again focused on accommodating victims' family members, given the space constraints, we're working to find ways to recognize and honor first responders, and other groups, at different places and times," Brent said.
But first responder John Feal, founder of an advocacy group for the police officers, firefighters, civilian volunteers and others who worked at ground zero, assailed Brent's response, saying Bloomberg "lives in his own world."
"The best of the best that this country offered 10 years ago are being neglected and denied their rightful place," Feal said.
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