The Hard Evidence Down Under Tour 2009 – An Amazing Success!!

by Janice Matthews
November 23, 2009

The Hard Evidence Down Under 2009 Tour has nearly wrapped up, following events
in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia and in Wellington, New Zealand. Every one of these events met with overwhelming success.

John Bursill, Principle Organizer of the tour, and his ‘backup crew’ made up
of scores of dedicated, generous, passionate volunteers planned and executed
a very significant series of events that resulted in the presentation of 9/11
truth information, in person, to approximately 1,200 people and along the way,
radio interviews and news stories reached at least tens of thousands more. Kudos and much gratitude are in order to John, his wonderful, patient wife and family, to Helen
in New Zealand who coordinated the Wellington event, and the many volunteers who gave so much to make this important
tour happen. Of course, huge, sincere thanks are in order to the event sponsors
whose very generous financial contributions made possible travel from the United
States by presenters Richard Gage, AIA, founder of Architects
and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
, Professor Steven Jones, emeritus professor
of physics, founder of Scholars
for 9/11 Truth and Justice
and co-editor of the Journal
of 9/11 Studies
, Cosmos, founder of
and the massive “Eleventh Day of Every Month Till Justice” campaign, Luke
Rudkowski, founder of WeAreChange
and Janice Matthews, Director of
and small business owner, so that we could present in Sydney. In addition, Ken Jenkins
and hummux, of,
were brought from the U.S. to record the proceedings and manage our sound production,
with the help of an incredible lighting crew and volunteer camera operators
who brought it all together. (Video of the Sydney proceedings will be available
via and soon – we will announce that
as soon as details are available.) Sunday’s event, which focused on the activism
needed to propagate the hard evidence presented to an audience of about 220, including many professional architects and engineers on Saturday, also featured presentations by
Ken Jenkins of
and the Northern California
9/11 Truth Alliance
, Hereward Fenton of
and Truth
News Radio Australia
, and Dr. Frank Legge, Chemist, co-editor of Journal
of 9/11 Studies
who also manages
A panel assembled Saturday afternoon also included the participation of James O’Neill, practicing barrister in Queensland, who offered commentary on potential legal proceedings and Dr. David Leifer, Doctor of Architecture and Associated Engineer, Senior Lecturer at Sydney University.

tour kicked off on Wednesday, the Eleventh of November, with a rousing street
action in front of the corporate offices of ABC, Australia’s national television
conglomerate, which happens to be across the street from University of Technology, Sydney. We were able to disseminate information to a significant number of ABC employees,
some of whom rather clandestinely asked for our information (although they’d
apparently been told to not take our materials, according to one such
employee), a few intrepid journalists who showed the courage to stop and talk,
and hundreds of passersby. Sydney is a very ‘international’ city, especially
there near the university, and we had very engaging conversations with people
from around the world, most of whom were well aware of and distressed by the
continuing questions surrounding 9/11. In addition, a substantial conversation
was held with a very pleasant, intelligent and supportive engineering professor,
which we hope will lead to inroads into the faculty and administration there.
From ABC’s offices we moved downtown, to a median in the very center of the
city, where we again called out to people and shared information with the delightfully
happy and often humorous, diverse populace of Sydney. Standing together with
people whose ages, professions and personalities run the gamut, with our different
interpersonal styles and approaches to conversation and street action, was another
encouraging example of how we, the People, continue to be able to discard the
false “divides” of ideology and politics that have previously kept
us separated, and stand firmly, united with a common message of peace and justice.

The hundreds of 9/11 truth group organizers affiliated with, and continue to hold these actions monthly (and much more often, in many cases) around the world and there is no question that our
efforts remain extremely valuable and effective. While all our investigative compiling of information and our internet activism that makes it widely accessible is of course integral to our efforts, there is simply no substitute for dialogue, one human being with another. In fact, John Bursill reminded me the Sydney group was the first international group to become active with the Eleventh Day of Every Month Until Justice campaign. They continue to carry out these actions each month, which have also spread to Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Wellington and Christchurch. John was quite inspired by the quote from Dan Wallace, whose father was killed on 9/11 and was one of the first activists in New York : “They took it from the top to the bottom. We’re going to take it from the bottom to the top.” This Down Under Tour is further fulfilling Dan’s hope, carrying the movement back up from the “bottom” of the globe back up to reinvigorate energy within the U.S.

After Sydney’s weekend event, Richard Gage, AIA, continued on his Australasian
tour, to Melbourne and Brisbane, then Wellington, New Zealand, and will be on
to Japan in early December. The Melbourne event brought out about 220 people,
with 170 in Brisbane. Wellington was a stunning success, with approximately
650 people attending the event in the main theater and an overflow room where
live A/V was made accessible, and another 150 or so turned away for lack of
seating. Thanks to the generosity of activists, again, everyone turned away
was sent home with a copy of’s DVD, “9/11: Blueprint for Truth”.
This gathering constituted the largest ever audience to date for a 9/11: Blueprint
for Truth
presentation, and succeeded, again, because of the perseverance
of a few good activists like Helen Waddington. Thank you!! Truly, we are being the change we wish to see, and our efforts

Although media coverage was essentially nonexistent in Sydney, in spite of
a very professional press
having been disseminated to all press in a timely manner prior to the event, WSFM
radio in Sydney did host Richard after the event for a brief
but lively conversation
, followed by the station posting a poll at
their site
asking whether “Gage makes sense.” WSFM replayed this interview on Saturday morning as part of their weekly highlight show, and reported receiving overwhelmingly positive response from listeners, thanking them for the broadcast. In addition, Kim Hill, mainstream corporate journalist with Radio New Zealand, conducted a rather less than flattering interview
with Gage, and the tour was featured in a full-page article
in Wellington’s The Capital Times. On November 24th, John Bursill joined
Hereward Fenton on Truth Radio Australia for a wrap-up report on the tour and
discussion of the costs associated with such an undertaking and the generosity
of our movement’s members, as well as a bit about the media: Listen
or download
. Hereward also conducted an interview
with Gage
, as well as a conversation with Luke Rudkowski and Cosmos before
the event.

Photos of the event have been posted at,
more at the 911oz forum and a bit of video at
A good review of the Wellington event, by Claire Swinney, has been posted here.
And more about Gage’s continuing AustralAsian tour is being posted at his
tour blog

Obviously, 9/11 truth activism is indeed alive and thriving Down Under! Pressure
on these governments to withdraw their support, and their troops, from the 9/11
wars and to reject U.S. imperial policy in general must continue and grow in
intensity as this information becomes more and more widely disseminated and
understood. Bravo and thanks to everyone there who continues steadfast in this
work, and to the family members of those lost on 9/11 and in the ensuing wars
who are finding the courage and now looking for ways to stand with their convictions
in demanding investigation and redress for their loved ones’ deaths, perhaps
through coronerial inquiries. John Bursill is prepared to hear from you, and
to help you as you persevere in the path of grief to closure. (Please contact
him at johnbursill [at] gmail (dot) com.)

John Bursill is known to often remind us, “Truth is not an idea for people of worth; it’s a standard.” This tour has truly reflected John’s own high truth standard, and that of the many other ‘persons of worth’ who worked alongside him to help bring this about. It reflects well upon us all, and I once again find myself thoroughly impressed with and extremely proud of the passion, dedication, compassion and commitment exhibited by my fellow 9/11 truth advocates around the world. Toward the day when we see that light, indeed, prevails over might!

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