Help Save the Complete 9/11 Timeline

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History Commons, the Web site that hosts the Complete 9/11 Timeline, is currently facing a funding crisis and urgently needs donations in order to stay online.

The Complete 9/11 Timeline is an important resource, which contains a huge amount of information relating to the 9/11 attacks. It includes over a thousand entries detailing the day of September 11, 2001, alone. It has the most detailed account there is of the numerous training exercises taking place on 9/11, and has many entries describing relevant training exercises held in the years leading up to 9/11.

The timeline has sections devoted to the official investigations of 9/11, such as the 9/11 Commission and the various investigations of the World Trade Center collapses, as well as much more.

It is important that the History Commons Web site has the necessary funds to continue. If you would like to make a donation (by credit card, PayPal, or check), click here.

Dear Reader, I would like to extend a personal appeal to each of you to join me in supporting History Commons as generously as you possibly can. The Complete 9/11 Timeline is an unparalleled resource for anyone wishing to learn the truth about 9/11. It is critically important we ensure its ability to remain available to the world.

Please allow me to share why I feel so strongly about this… At least twice a month (often much more often) I receive an email from a student, high school or college, writing a paper or preparing a presentation on 9/11, who asks for help with research. They don’t know where to even begin! The Web is a “big place,” for better or worse, and they often express frustration trying to determine what’s valid and what’s not. The first resource I share with every one of them is The Complete 9/11 Timeline. It offers sourced articles which many use as a first step in developing their paper from a credible, “teacher-approved” perspective. Many have sent me a copy of their work, along with thanks for helping them plow through the myriad resources online. I can assure you that for the majority, the Timeline has served as a stepping-off place for them — they go on to dig deeper into whatever aspect of 9/11 struck them as the most “unbelievable” or “stunning.” And as we all know, there are many. And along the way, they come across the many other Timelines available at History Commons and in the end realize what they learned in history class may not have been entirely … historical.

Naturally, my response to many of the other “Where do I start?” emails we get includes referral to History Commons, as well. At every turn we are fed directed history from the mouthpieces of the power elite — from corporate and much of the “alternative” media, from government “experts” and from textbooks’ scripted versions of America the Great used to shape and control the minds of our children and thus our future. Without resources such as History Commons (and that provide truthful information, the honest accounting of these events will be lost. If that is allowed to happen, the telling of our shared human story will be forever relegated to those with the money and power to sculpt history as they wish it to be remembered.

As Winston Churchill said, “History is written by the victors.” Truth must be the victor in the writing of our history! Please, do your part in making sure that victory is assured.

Thank you,
Janice Matthews

History Commons Fundraising Alert

“Your timeline has been invaluable to me over the years.” — New York Times reporter and 9/11 researcher and author, Philip Shenon

The History Commons is facing a financial emergency and we need your financial support like never before. While we have been working to upgrade the Web site and Web application, we have been struggling financially with the costs to keep the site up and running. Without a strong influx of support, the History Commons may disappear from the Internet entirely before the end of the summer. That would be a tragedy, as the History Commons and its predecessor,, has been providing well-researched and timely information for citizen researchers, academics, and investigators for eleven years. receives thousands of visitors per month, but receives a relatively small amount of contributions. The History Commons and its parent organization, the Center for Grassroots Oversight, does not receive money from foundations, corporations, or governments. We are 100% grassroots-supported.

Our initial target goal for donations is $10,000. That will allow us to keep the History Commons alive on the Internet, continue to post new material, and perform critical maintenance on the current application. Currently we are making regular and frequent additions to the Complete 9/11 Timeline (including the Day of 9/11, which is about to receive a large number of new entries), Civil Liberties, Domestic Propaganda, Domestic Terrorism, and the 2012 Elections projects, to name a few. We anticipate beginning an LGBT civil liberties project in the very near future, and we dearly want to expand our coverage of other issues, such as the global economic and environmental crises.

In the long(er) term, we have set a target goal of $100,000 in donations. That will allow us to begin the critical process of upgrading the application and the Web site, a goal we have worked towards for years but have continually lacked the funds to implement.

Please make your tax-deductible donation today and help us remain a viable informational resource for the 21st century. If you cannot afford to donate, please share this message with others. Thank you for what you do to make the History Commons a viable resource for information and citizen activism.

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Thank you so much for your support!

“For serious research, it’s hard to think of a more valuable resource than the timelines assembled by History Commons. The material they provide is a welcome antidote to the misinformation and disinformation that has been coming out of Washington in recent years and they are essential tools in assembling a counter-narrative that more honestly addresses the crises we face.” — author Craig Unger

The History Commons provides “a richly documented summary of [the Watergate] events.” — Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald

“Any researcher, reporter, or scholar with an interest in the war on terror would consider the [History Commons] timelines a bonanza of open source information.” — Peter Lance

“The [History Commons] researchers are in many ways similar to the team Scott Armstrong, the former Washington Post reporter, recruited in the mid-1980s to uncover the roots of Reagan’s secret Iran-Contra deals.” — columnist James Ridgway

“The History Commons is one of the most important and technologically advanced projects of civil journalism there is today.” — Daniel Erlacher, founder of Austria’s Elevate Festival

“Endlessly informative.” — reporter Steve Perry

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Shoestring has been blogging about 9/11 and more since 2005. His original blog, The Artful Blogger has the following tagline: News and views relating to 9/11 truth, war and aggression, and more. He has been blogging at Shoestring 9/11: Investigating 9/11 and Other Acts of the Secret State and at 911blogger. He lives in the UK.