Wednesday, September 16 2009 - In the Media
Charlie Sheen 'Twenty Minutes' Elicits Another Media Character Attack; Still No Coverage of Questions
Two weeks ago America's media, led by the Washington Times and quickly followed by particularly vitriolic television personalities, blasted Obama-appointed "Green Jobs" Advisor Van Jones for various personal positions and actions taken over the course of his life as an activist. Chief among them was his name being counted among signatories (Van Jones has subsequently denied that he ever signed the 2004 Statement)to a Statement issued by 911truth.org in 2004 asking for answers to 9/11-related questions, signed by 150 other "notable Americans" and 9/11 victims' family members. The ensuing blood bath did not involve Jones' positions on "Green" issues, for which he had been hired to advise - nor did the "Truther" feeding frenzy ever ONCE involve mention of the 12 questions listed on that Statement, questions which remain unanswered now. Readers of 911truth.org are aware of this media side-show, which eventually led to Jones' resignation on 9/12, and no doubt read the statement we issued to the press in response to their calls:
Now, similar "news" coverage is attacking Golden Globe winning actor Charlie Sheen, who dared to ask for a 20-minute meeting with President Obama to discuss 20 points relating to - again - unanswered questions surrounding 9/11. Sheen produced a fictionalized piece, "Twenty Minutes with the President" in which he sat down with "President Obama" to asked about twenty of these yet unanswered questions. Bob McIlvaine, whose son Bobby was killed on 9/11, has also joined with Sheen in requesting this meeting with the president.
Tuesday, September 15 2009 - Endorsements & Support
Join the Appeal for Truth about 9/11
September 11, 2009
Peter Dale Scott, with Michael Berger and Janice Matthews
In the last few days Glenn Beck and the Washington Times have forced Van Jones to resign as environmentalist "green jobs" adviser to the White House. His principal offense: having allegedly signed a 2004 Statement from 911Truth.org calling for a new investigation of the events of 9/11. (Van Jones has subsequently denied ever signing or supporting the 2004 Statement and his name has been removed from the list of signatories.)
This is a moment of truth for all who want America to be an open society. As the Los Angeles Times reported on September 8, "Other conservatives, smelling blood in the water, are sharpening their knives." Why should they not? The White House has just capitulated to a dishonest attack claiming that Jones "thinks the Bush administration blew up the World Trade Centers and covered it up." You can check Beck's capacity for accuracy by comparing this claim to the relevant call in the Statement itself: "for immediate public attention to unanswered questions that suggest that people within the current administration may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war."
Tuesday, September 15 2009 - Endorsements & Support
2009 Truth Statement
We STILL 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 nearly half (49.3%) of New York City residents and 41% of those in New York state believe US leaders had foreknowledge of impending 9/11 attacks and "consciously failed" to act. Of the New York City residents, 66% called for a new probe of unanswered questions by Congress or the New York Attorney General. Since that time, multiple professional polling organizations have obtained similar results in polls conducted nationally and internationally.
In 2004, 911truth.org assembled a list of notable Americans and family members of those who died who signed a 9/11 Statement, calling for "immediate public attention to unanswered questions that suggest that people within the current administration may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war."
On the eighth anniversary of 9/11, in spite of Americans having elected the "other" party in hopes it would deliver on its promise of a change in direction, we find ourselves asking these same questions and encountering the same resistance to transparency. The ensuing wars have destroyed countless lives, our civil liberties (including habeas corpus) are in tatters, posse comitatus is history, and our economy lies essentially in ruin. Meanwhile, thousands of 9/11 responders who rushed to stand with America in its time of need are now sick -- many dying -- from the exposure to toxins at Ground Zero, receiving inadequate medical help or compensation in return. Because this issue is as relevant as the day we issued this Statement in 2004, we now offer again the opportunity to endorse this call for answers, and join with those who have already taken a stand.
Read the full Statement and those who have endorsed here. [Signatures have been closed as of March, 2010]
Tuesday, September 15 2009 - Get Involved
New Organization Formed - Journalists & Other Media Professionals for 9/11 Truth
New Organization Formed, 9/11/09
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.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.
Monday, September 14 2009 - Get Involved
Upcoming Sydney Conference to Demonstrate the Three Building Collapses on 9/11 Were a Controlled Demolition
Upcoming Sydney Conference to Demonstrate the Three Building Collapses on 9/11 Were a Controlled Demolition
Sydney, Australia, September 14, 2009 -- Truth Action Australia and 911oz.com will host an International Conference called "The Hard Evidence" to critically examine the three building Collapses in New York on September 11, 2001. The official explanation of these building collapse 1, 2 and 7 of the World Trade Center Complex have been attributed primarily to fire damage causing a "global collapse", which independent scientific research has found an entirely insufficient explanation. A group of Architects and Engineers, approaching one thousand members, is demanding a new investigation of these building collapses based on hard physical evidence, witness testimony, video evidence and strict structural analysis using the original blueprints.
The one day event will be comprised of two presentations and an expert panel discussion, inviting members of the press and public to ask hard technical questions of the relevant experts. The morning lecture will be from experienced Architect Richard Gage AIA, representing "Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth", presenting "9/11: Blueprint for Truth -- The Architecture of Destruction". The afternoon presentation will be from Professor Steven Jones Ph.D presenting research based on his scientific team's recent published findings asking "What is Nanothermite a High-tech Explosive Material Doing in the Dust from WTC Building Collapses on 9/11?" A late afternoon Panel discussion will follow comprised of highly qualified experts including Paul Mason Structural Engineer, Chemist Dr Frank Legge and Dr David Leifer a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Sydney University.
Monday, September 14 2009 - First Responders/Health Effects
One year after Sept. 11 responders' plea for help, White House responds with thank you card
By Michael Mcauliff
Friday, September 11th 2009
[See also, at NY Daily News: Lest
we Forget: Victims of 9/11" On the anniversary of Sept. 11, a look
back at those who were lost.]
Photo NYDaily News: Jennifer McNamara at funeral for her husband
firefighter and Sept. 11 responder John McNamara last month.
A year ago, members of the Fealgood Foundation delivered that plea to the future President and other lawmakers in a DVD telling the tale of four ailing heroes.
Sunday, September 13 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
Live radio-911truth.org's Mike Berger on Williams & Williams 9/12 - 10pmCDT
9/11 Revisited: The Enemy Within PART II
Air Date: 9/12/2009 10:00PM
The "Experts" are starting to say the 9/11 conspiracy wackos might be right and with the 8th Anniversary of September 11th fast approaching, many are still looking for the truth. Also the recent turn of events in the media with Van Jones has many asking why the media does not do their job. Tune in to find out more about the Truth Statement.
Show Guest Mike Berger, media coordinator for 911truth.org, has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, CNN Showbiz Tonight, and Scarborough Country as well as hundreds of radio appearances. It took Mike Berger nearly 18 months before he began to question the official 9/11 story, but when he read about the significant purchase of put options on companies directly affected by the events prior to 9/11 that implied foreknowledge of the attacks, he began to research. We invite you to join us in looking at the theories, as well as the new evidence that has surfaced ... Don't you want to know the truth too? Special 2 Hour Episode!
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.
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