Friday, April 10 2009 - In the Media
Dutch TV show exonerates Osama bin Laden
'Devil's Advocate' jury finds no proof he was behind Sept. 11
By Scott Roxborough
BERLIN -- A Dutch TV jury has found Osama bin Laden not guilty of the Sept. 11 attacks.
In the conclusion Wednesday night to the show "Devil's Advocate" on Dutch public broadcaster Nederland 2, the jury of two men and three women, along with the studio audience, ruled there was no proof bin Laden was the mastermind behind the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001.
The Netherlands, home to "Big Brother" creator Endemol, is known for being on the cutting edge of format-based television. But even for Dutch standards, "Devil's Advocate," from Amsterdam production house AVRO, pushes the envelope.
Friday, April 10 2009 - In the Media
Heated Controversy: Do firefighters believe 9/11 conspiracy theories?
By Christopher Beam
April 8, 2009
In the new season of the FX drama Rescue Me, firefighter Franco Rivera espouses the belief that 9/11 was "an inside job." According to a Sunday New York Times article, the show's writers added this assertion because actor Daniel Sunjata is a "truther"; but the real firefighters on set—who work as script advisers—were offended by his allegations. This got the Explainer wondering: Do any firefighters believe in 9/11 conspiracy theories?
Yes. There's no evidence that firefighters buy into 9/11 conspiracy theories at higher rates than the rest of the population. (A 2007 Zogby poll found that 26 percent of Americans believe the government "let it happen." A 2006 Scripps-Howard poll found it was more than a third.) But some firemen do believe the government was behind 9/11 and use their status as first responders to draw attention to their statements.
Thursday, April 9 2009 - Get Involved
NYC Coalition for Accountability Now
The NYC Ballot Initiative has been reorganized, placing the further gathering of signatures for the petition in the hands of Ted Walter, one of the lead petition workers involved with the first phase of this project. He is joined by Frank Morales, who will safeguard funds for NYCAAN.org - Behind Walter and Morales are some familiar names; Donna Marsh O’Connor, Bob McIlvaine, Bill Doyle, Janette MacKinlay and William Rodriguez, who have formed an interim Executive Council for the coalition. This reorganization is the result of feedback that has effected change in the handling of the petition. NYCAAN also offers a new email address for further feedback, that will be accessible by the Executive Council. This could include opinions on the current membership of the commission, which can be changed once the commission has been established. Please feel free to distribute the Press Release below far and wide, and donate if you can. - Reprehensor, 911Blogger.com
April 9, 2009
Dear Friends around the World,
THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW
To place a public referendum for an impartial, independent and subpoena powered investigation of 9/11 on the New York City Ballot for the November General Election.
The 9/11 Commission was set up in 2002 to “provide the fullest possible account of the events surrounding 9/11”. What we got instead, in the words of Commission Chairs Governor Thomas Kean and Representative Lee Hamilton, was a Commission “Set up to fail”. A joint statement from both sides of the aisle is a rarity. This one speaks volumes.
AMERICA DESERVES BETTER
Today, over 66% of New York City residents support a new 9/11 investigation. Millions now know that critical questions were left unaddressed. Only an objective, independent, subpoena powered investigation can ask the right people the relevant questions the 9/11 Commission certainly did not. Only an impartial investigation, free from intervention and powered by subpoena, can deliver the answers that every American deserves.
Thanks to your hard work and dedication in keeping 9/11 front and center all along, the NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative has succeeded in collecting over 30,000 signatures, leading us to the final phase of our mission; to place a referendum for an independent subpoena powered 9/11 investigation on the NYC Ballot for the November General Election.
Wednesday, April 8 2009 - Accountability
Murder Trumps Torture Says Bugliosi
April 7, 2009
Michael Collins sits down with legendary LA County prosecutor and best selling author Vincent Bugliosi in a one-on-one interview on the topic of murder. Specifically, the prosecution of George W. Bush for the murder of 4,200 U.S. soldiers. While large amounts of attention are paid to the also serious charges of torture and illegal warrantless surveillance, Bugliosi sees the deliberate deceiving of the nation into war as crime that easily trumps those in terms of the seriousness -- and body count.
"If we prosecute those in America who only commit one murder, under what theory don't we prosecute a president who is criminally responsible for over four thousand murders?" Vincent Bugliosi
Photo: 2003 State of the Union, Jan. 29, 2003. WikiCommons
(April 5, Wash. DC) The legendary Los Angeles County prosecutor and top selling
true crime author, Vincent Bugliosi, continues to make the case that he argued
in detail in his New York Times best seller, The
Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. His crime, according to the esteemed
former prosecutor: deliberately deceiving the United States into an illegal
war that resulted in the deaths of 4,200
U.S. soldiers and more than 1,000,000
Wednesday, April 8 2009 - Research/Evidence
What you need to know about "Peer-review"
Useful information for "non-scientists" about the process of peer-reviewed publishing, such as has been the case with Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe, Fourteen Points of Agreement with Official Government Reports on the World Trade Center Destruction, and Environmental Anomalies at the World Trade Center: Evidence for Energetic Materials .
April 7, 2009
Since the days of Sir Isaac Newton, Science has proceeded through the publication of peer-reviewed papers. Peer-review means a thorough reading, commentary and even challenge before publication by "peers", that is, other PhD's and professors. This paper was thoroughly peer-reviewed with several pages of tough comments that required of our team MONTHS of additional experiments and studies. It was the toughest peer-review I've ever had, including THREE papers for which I was first author in NATURE. (Please note that Prof. Harrit is first author on this paper.) We sought an established journal that would allow us a LONG paper (this paper is 25 pages long) with MANY COLOR IMAGES AND GRAPHS. Such a scientific journal is not easy to find. Page charges are common for scientific journals these days, and are typically paid by the University of the first or second author (as is the case with this paper) or by an external grant.
A peer-reviewed journal is also called a "refereed" journal. Peer-reviewers are almost always anonymous for scientific publications like this -- that is standard in the scientific world. While authors commonly recommend potential peer-reviewers, editors choose the referees and usually pick at least one or two reviewers that the authors did NOT mention -- and that is almost certainly the case with this paper (based on commentary we received from the reviewers). In the end, all the reviewers -- who were selected by the editor(s) -- approved publication. Thus, the paper was subjected to peer review by the editor or editors, and it passed the peer-review process.
Wednesday, April 8 2009 - In the Media
What's crazier, believing the U.S. orchestrated 9/11 or that Saddam did?
by Jack Hunter
"...there can no longer be any serious argument about whether Saddam Hussein's Iraq worked with Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda to plot against Americans." --Stephen F. Hayes, The Weekly Standard, 2003
When discussing politics, if there's one thing that sends people running for the hills, it's conspiracy theories -- or worse, conspiracy theorists.
As with those who are deemed "racist" or "isolationist," conspiracy theorists are automatically dismissed by polite society, not necessarily because they are wrong, but because of the nature of their arguments. And because their ideas and opinions are outside of consensus politics or the mainstream media, conspiracy theorists lack credibility simply for being outside the realm of respectability.
... But 9/11 Truthers and similar groups don't concern me half as much as the conspiracy theorists in our media and government, who have the power to start wars, end lives, and damage nations, based on their own self-aggrandizing-fantasies.
Tuesday, April 7 2009 - In the Media
Traces of explosives in 9/11 dust, scientists say
By Elaine Jarvik
Tiny red and gray chips found in the dust from the collapse of the World Trade Center contain highly explosive materials -- proof, according to a former BYU professor, that 9/11 is still a sinister mystery.
Physicist Steven E. Jones, who retired from Brigham Young University in 2006 after the school recoiled from the controversy surrounding his 9/11 theories, is one of nine authors on a paper published last week in the online, peer-reviewed Open Chemical Physics Journal. Also listed as authors are BYU physics professor Jeffrey Farrer and a professor of nanochemistry at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
For several years, Jones has theorized that pre-positioned explosives, not fires from jet fuel, caused the rapid, symmetrical collapse of the two World Trade Center buildings, plus the collapse of a third building, WTC-7.
Monday, April 6 2009 - Get Involved
Griffin Tour begins tomorrow, April 7, in Pennsylvania
Just a reminder to our readers that David Ray Griffin's upcoming tour begins tomorrow in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Here, again, is information on the tour dates; Full US schedule is below, with details in the now-updated article we posted last week. And details of the European leg of his tour continue to be updated at timeforasecondlook.com. Perhaps you'll consider whether you might forward this information to anyone you know in or near these cities so they can attend the events. Thank you.
Professor David Ray Griffin, renowned author of a series of eye-opening books that recount his painstaking research into the attacks of September 11, 2001, begins his new European tour in London on 14th April. Stressing the fact that the time has come for a second look at the events of that fateful day, the tour will include stops in Paris, Brussels and Madrid, and several other cities.
Professor Griffin's talks will afford the public an excellent opportunity to learn more about the fundamental questions surrounding 9/11. The 9/11 Truth Movement, which started out as a disparate, grass-roots undertaking, has blossomed into a serious community that now includes many specialized branches, such as Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, Lawyers for 9/11 Truth, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth, Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth, Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth, Veterans for 9/11 Truth, and Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice (a group which includes a significant number of prominent scientists). Many former intelligence officers also support the movement and have contributed to the ever-growing list of evidence that proves far beyond a reasonable doubt that the explanations provided by the Bush-Cheney administration are quite simply false.
Monday, April 6 2009 - Other Important News
Resist or Become Serfs
April 6, 2009
By Chris Hedges
Truthdig.com and International Clearinghouse
America is devolving into a third-world nation. And if we do not immediately halt our elite’s rapacious looting of the public treasury we will be left with trillions in debts, which can never be repaid, and widespread human misery which we will be helpless to ameliorate. Our anemic democracy will be replaced with a robust national police state. The elite will withdraw into heavily guarded gated communities where they will have access to security, goods and services that cannot be afforded by the rest of us. Tens of millions of people, brutally controlled, will live in perpetual poverty. This is the inevitable result of unchecked corporate capitalism. The stimulus and bailout plans are not about saving us. They are about saving them. We can resist, which means street protests, disruptions of the system and demonstrations, or become serfs.
We have been in a steady economic decline for decades. The Canadian political philosopher John Ralston Saul detailed this decline in his 1992 book "Voltaire’s Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West." David Cay Johnston exposed the mirage and rot of American capitalism in "Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill)," and David C. Korten, in "When Corporations Rule the World" and "Agenda for a New Economy," laid out corporate malfeasance and abuse. But our universities and mass media, entranced by power and naively believing that global capitalism was an unstoppable force of nature, rarely asked the right questions or gave a prominent voice to those who did. Our elites hid their incompetence and loss of control behind an arrogant facade of specialized jargon and obscure economic theories.
Monday, April 6 2009 - In the Media
'Rescue Me' heats up 9/11 conspiracy theories
DANIEL SUNJATA, once a football hero at Mount Carmel, is sure to draw fire as he promotes 9/11 conspiracy theories
April 4, 2009
Sunjata has his own 9/11 suspicions
One of the more interesting, and controversial, storylines in the new season of "Rescue Me" revolves around firefighter Franco Rivera and his belief that 9/11 was an "inside job."
As it turns out, Daniel Sunjata, who plays Franco, subscribes to the same conspiracy theory.
"I was shocked that they added it to the show," Sunjata admitted. "When I saw the script, I thought it was a practical joke."
Executive producer Peter Tolan says Sunjata is "well read" and has "done a lot of research" on the topic.
Monday, April 6 2009 - In the Media
Danish scientist: nano explosive material found in the dust from the World Trade Center
Following is an April 3 article by Thomas Hoffman published in Danish (reprinted here in English via google translate) at Videnskab.dk regarding the "Active Thermitic Material Discovered" paper published last week. One of the article's nine authors is Niels Harrit, Associate Professor of Chemistry Institute of the University of Copenhagen. After the initial article is an interview with Professor Harrit.
3. April 2009
By Thomas Hoffman
English (rough) translation via google translate
World Trade Center crashed perhaps gravel because someone had placed combustible nano materials in the buildings, and not because the two aircraft were throbbing in them. Analysis of the dust after the WTC has just published a scientific article, including Neils Harrit, a Danish chemist.
Photo: Asbestos and glass flew around New York streets when the Twin Towers collapsed after the attack on the World Trade Center 11 September 2001. Now it appears that these materials had company in the dust of højenergetisk material which might have melted the supporting structure of the Twin Towers. (Photo: Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Monday, April 6 2009 - Research/Evidence
Three New Extensive Resources at 911research.wtc7.net
Three new papers have been published at 9-11 Research, an excellent site for credible, well-sourced 9/11 research and analysis. Posted below is a bit of introduction, but please follow the links to the full articles, with documentation, graphics, illustrations and reference footnotes.
Explosives Found in World Trade Center Dust: Scientists Discover Both Residues And Unignited Fragments Of High-Tech Metal Incendiaries In Debris From the Twin Towers - A non-technical guide to the newly published paper explaining the identification of nano-engineered explosive materials in dust from the Twin Towers
Wake Up and Smell the Aluminothermic Nanocomposite Explosives: As Documentation of Thermitic Materials in the WTC Twin Towers Grows, Official Story Backers Ignore, Deny, Evade, and Dissemble - A detailed record of the development of bodies of evidence showing the use of aluminothermic pyrotechnics
Sunday, April 5 2009 - Other Important News
Cowardice in the Time of Torture
By Ray McGovern
I used to take a certain pride by association with prominent Bronxites who have "made it." Cancel that for Attorney General Eric Holder and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
You might think that as African-Americans, they would be especially outraged by torture, given what blacks have suffered at the hands of white torturers in this country and abroad.
Why is it that they seem to value more their admittance into a privileged white-dominated ruling class than doing the right thing? How else to explain their stunning reluctance to hold torturers accountable and thus remove the stain of torture from our nation's soul and reputation?
One might say that Attorney General Holder is proving himself to be part of that "nation of cowards" that he called the United States in a different context, i.e. our unwillingness to address the issue of race. What about when the victims of torture are Muslims? Where's Holder's courage then?
Sunday, April 5 2009 - Research/Evidence
Study: Scientists Discover Active Thermitic Material in WTC Dust
Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice have issued the following press release re. the paper published last week in the Open Civil Engineering Journal. Please pass this along quickly and thoroughly.
Study: Scientists Discover Active Thermitic Material in WTC Dust
Berkeley, CA, April 3, 2009 -- A new study by independent scientists and researchers suggests the cause behind the catastrophic destruction of World Trade Center Towers on September 11th can be seen in the dust itself: active thermitic material, a highly engineered explosive.
The study, published today in The Open Chemical Physics Journal, describes a finding of "red/gray bi-layered chips" in samples of dust taken from vicinity of the World Trade Center following its destruction. Using tools such as a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS) to analyze the material, the study authors concluded that, "the red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic."
The study's finding lends new support to the demolition theory put forth by critics of the official reports.
Sunday, April 5 2009 - Other Important News
Mexican president: US authorities 'complicit' in drug trafficking (and more links)
April 4 2009
The President of Mexico has an unfortunate message for Americans still ignorant of the Drug War's cold realities: Some of your politicians are involved. AND
For more excellent reporting about drug running in and out of US/Mexico, see investigative journalist Daniel Hopsicker's site, Mad Morning News, at www.madcowprod.com. Hopsicker's latest film is "New American Druglords".
A few recent story headlines follow.
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