UQ Wire: 9/11 Truth Newsletter, Sept 14, 2006
9/11 Truth – 911truth.org
1. 9-11-06 PRESS RELEASE
Five Years On, 9/11 Truth Movement Reaches Critical Mass
- Near Majority Support, Powerful New Tools, and Energized Activism Promise Endgame Soon
Escalating mainstream mistrust of "official 9/11 story" driven by important new films, books and activist campaigns promises new openings for insurgent candidacies and radical reform initiatives.
September 11, 2006 (PRWEB) -- The year leading up to the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks has been marked by an unprecedented upsurge in public mistrust of the official story portrayed in the 9/11 Commission Report. Respected national polling firms Zogby and Scripps Howard have shown that less than half the public believes in the conclusions or integrity of the 9/11 Commission, and 36% of Americans now think the administration was actively complicit in the attacks to advance its preplanned Mideast war agenda.
This outburst of popular skepticism has come in spite of five years of lockstep support for the official 9/11 narrative by the national press, broadcast media, and both major political parties. The mounting distrust spans the political, religious and ethnic spectrums, and has been largely driven by compelling new films, books, whistleblower reports, and escalating grassroots activism. Collectively these resources and constituencies not only offer the country hope for a fresh and truly honest 9/11 probe, but also a potent new base for radical political reform.
Activating the Newly Awakened
To mobilize the 70+ million voting age 9/11 skeptics identified by Zogby, 911truth.org has organized "Politics 911," a national effort to identify congressional candidates who would demand an honorable new 9/11 inquiry and then help generate support for their election. This campaign has started polling candidates nationwide and is currently recruiting grassroots poll volunteers at http://www.911truthgroups.org/911Truth. Early progress includes 9/11 truth advocate Dr. Robert Bowman's lopsided Democratic primary victory on September 5th in Florida's 15th Congressional District. Maverick Ohio Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich has also repeatedly promised at least new 9/11 hearings if his party retakes the House, but there are also courageous GOP, Green and Libertarian hopefuls demanding 9/11 truth in their campaigns.
National 9/11 poll analyses indicate that among citizens who know the most basic facts about September 11 anomalies (e.g., the unexplained WTC 7 collapse, the Pentagon's six coincidental aerial war games, the 23 specific advance warnings from 11 foreign governments, etc.), four out of five support an independent re-investigation. This strongly suggests that simply continuing to publicize the most elemental facts and unanswered questions could swiftly build an irresistible public outcry for a new inquiry.
New and Old Tools for Enlightenment
The truth movement is currently blessed with an extraordinary array of new films and books that deconstruct the official story with meticulous research, passion and clarity. Among the latest crop, 911truth.org particularly recommends:
"9/11: Press for Truth" -- a stunning new documentary based on Paul Thompson's "Terror Timeline" and the story of the "Jersey Girls" who lobbied the 9/11 Commission into existence and still feel betrayed by the cover-up it spawned.
"9/11 and American Empire: American Intellectuals Speak Out" and "Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action" by Dr. David Ray Griffin et al. that smartly introduce the 9/11 truth conversation to influential new constituencies.
"Towers of Deception -- The Media Cover-up of 9-11" by Canadian media scholar Barrie Zwicker that thoroughly dissects corporate media complicity in the suppression of inconvenient 9/11 truths.
There are many more powerful works now available at 911truth.org and more are on the way. In the meantime, it is useful to remember some of the most basic questions that the corporate media still refuse to ask and a new 9/11 inquiry must confront
--Why do 70% of the victim families' questions remain unanswered to this day, questions that the Commission initially promised would become the investigation's "road map"?
--Why has the FBI gone to such lengths to cover up its passive unto hostile response to terrorist investigations prior to September 11? Why did it promote the officials who quashed these investigations while gagging agents who claim to have vital information the public still needs to know?
--Why did the 9/11 Commission steer its investigation away from virtually indisputable evidence for government complicity in the 9/11 attacks? And why hasn't the corporate media followed up on this story?
--Why were dozens of intelligence experts "turned away, silenced or censored" by the 9/11 Commission, according to the National Security Whistleblowers Association, so that not a single meaningful word from any of their testimony made it into the final report?
--Who ordered the half dozen aerial war games that were going on during the 9/11 attacks? Who commanded and controlled them, and why has the media never questioned this bizarre coincidence?
--Why has the 9/11 Commission sealed its private hearing and interview records until January 2009? How can anyone assess its integrity or performance without any of this material?
--Why were NORAD officials permitted to repeatedly lie about our military response that morning without ever facing reprimand or censure, let alone courts martial?
911truth.org executive director Janice Matthews thoughtfully welcomes the new stage the movement has reached. "The forces aligned against 9/11 truth have moved in recent months from disregard and ridicule to mass media damage control and openly hostile attacks. While this is a certain sign of progress, citizens should be alert to the ubiquitous strawman tactics now employed by official story flacks to defame our movement and re-marginalize 9/11 truth. Specifically, this involves choosing the most ludicrous hypotheses ever uttered and trying to tar the entire 9/11 movement with their absurdities. These include bizarre propositions known as the no-plane, hologram, and pod theories among others, which the mainstream movement considers as preposterous as do its disingenuous foes, who rationally cower at commonsensical questions like those above.
"Overall, however, the real message of 9/11 truth has now reached a critical mass of citizens, and ruthless defamation tactics may prolong the 'media controversy' but are ultimately doomed to fail. Truth has an inherent strange attractor force that cannot be dispelled, not by cynical propaganda nor overwhelming media power. It is in that lust for truth and justice that our republic once began, and 9/11 truth now offers Americans the chance to feel that thrill again."
Professor Steven Jones Placed on "Paid Leave"
White House Issues Veiled Threat To Dissenters
Many of you are aware of the plight of Steven Jones (full story here), who was placed on paid leave last week while BYU "reviews his involvement in the so-called '9/11 truth movement' that accuses unnamed government agencies of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center." This situation comes on the heels of similar actions taken against two other professors -- Kevin Barrett at University of Wisconsin-Madison and William Woodward at the University of New Hampshire. While both of these individuals' academic freedoms have been (begrudgingly) supported by their universities, Wisconsin and New Hampshire legislators are threatening university funding cuts.
Dr. Woodward has succinctly asked the critical question at issue: "Are we going to continue to have tenure and protection of free speech, or are we going to have politicians deciding what is acceptable to teach our children?"
At stake in this situation is not really whether professors can teach 'alternative 9/11 theories.' The deeper issues are constitutional -- are Americans allowed to question the government at all? A particularly Orwellian position paper released this month by the White House, the "National Strategy for Combating Terrorism," offers us a clear picture of our government's answer to this question:
"The terrorism we confront today springs from . . . [s]ubcultures of conspiracy and misinformation. Terrorists recruit more effectively from populations whose information about the world is contaminated by falsehoods and corrupted by conspiracy theories. The distortions keep alive grievances and filter out facts that would challenge popular prejudices and self-serving propaganda. . . In place of a culture of conspiracy and misinformation, democracy offers freedom of speech, independent media, and the marketplace of ideas, which can expose and discredit falsehoods, prejudices, and dishonest propaganda."
It's not very difficult to see that with this disgraceful attempt to link terrorism to the free expression of ideas, the US government is aiming to foment an environment in which it may criminalize those who disagree with the government. The Orwellian architects of this dizzying statement obviously want nothing of "freedom of speech, independent media, and the marketplace of ideas" when powerful alternative views gain purchase. They are in full denial over the fact that it is US policy, and not the free expression of ideas, which produces terrorism. The battle facing these three professors may be a harbinger of things to come, and we urge everyone to support them as fully as possible.
Contact information for the departments at BYU involved in Dr. Jones' "review" follows:
Dr. Cecil O. Samuelson, President, Brigham Young
Email can be sent through contact form at http://unicomm.byu.edu/president/feedback.aspx
Letters to: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602
Dr. Earl M. Woolley
Dean, College of Physical and Mathematical Science
Brigham Young University,
Provo, UT 84602
earl_woolley @ byu.edu (earl_woolley)
Dr. Scott Sommerfeldt
BYU Department of Physics and Astronomy
Brigham Young University,
Provo, UT 84602
physics_office @ byu.edu (physics_office)
Dr. Alan R. Parkinson
Dean, College of Engineering and Technology
Brigham Young University,
Provo, UT 84602
Parkinson @ byu.edu
3. 9-11-06 GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION
Be encouraged! On Monday, thousands and thousands of people around the world gathered to acknowledge the 5th anniversary of 9/11 by continuing to demand the truth, with justice for all the victims of that event, through video showings, speakers, protests, music, art, and gathering with like-minded truthseekers for encouragement and strength. Our website received nearly 97,000 page loads on that day alone, in spite of the media's recently increased dismissive tone of our efforts, and the massive redirection of focus, away from the truth and toward shifting the blame, caused by ABC's showing of Path to 9/11. Many of you wrote letters to the media, demanding they tell the truth this year.
We posted 26 events at the Global Day of Action page, and will be adding reports, photos, and video of these events in the next couple of days, as they continue to pour in to webmaster @ 911truth.org (please send us yours, too!).
4. TAKE ACTION
Politics911 is well underway, and we need your help!! Following are the details. Please forward this action plan far and wide, and get busy - elections are only 7 weeks away! The Goal: Every candidate for federal office this year is asked to go "on the record" regarding 9/11 and a new investigation by responding to a questionnaire delivered by his/her constituents. We are finding a few out there willing to actually represent the nearly 50% of their constituents who want a new investigation - are your state's candidates among those? Time to put the "Represent" back in Representative!!
Politics 911 – Polling For Knowledge – Polling For Power
"Politics 911" is a fast, focused, grassroots polling/public education campaign to make 9/11 truth visible throughout the 2006 political season, audible in the election debates, and important enough to demand a stated position from every Congressional candidate.
Specifically, we need your help to poll every congressional candidate in the country on their understanding of 9/11 truth, its relation to current domestic & foreign crises, and their support for an independent new inquiry. The campaign will then highlight promising 9/11 truth supporters and try to promote their election.
We obviously cannot do this without a lot people taking part -- in groups or individually, but there are now over 12,000 "Justice for 9/11" signers and only about 1,200 candidates, so this is certainly doable if you help.
Helping with this historic initiative can be both easy and fun -- often rare attributes in grassroots 9/11 land -- and have an enormous lasting impact to boot.
All you have to do is:
a) Read through all the campaign info at http://tinyurl.com/ejfqy
b) Choose the other people you would like to work with in your group or area.
Note: Anyone with a little care and intelligence can brief and poll a candidate as a single individual. It is often just a lot more interesting and effective if several or more people collaborate to game plan their approaches to specific candidates and maximize the impact of the survey's message both upon the candidate's staff and the surrounding community. Bird-dogging (questioning candidates openly at public events) also ideally requires at least three persons - a questioner, a videographer and someone recording sound to preserve and share a record of their responses.
c) Register as a user at 911truthgroups.org/911Truth
d) Choose a role (poller, bird-dogger, tactician, etc.) and the candidate campaign(s) you will focus on.
e) Deliver 9/11 truth literature to each campaign (see "Politics 911" Briefing Resources), poll the candidate(s), report back the results at the website above, and post links to your audio or video files if bird-dogging was involved.
Note: You can also submit responses by snail mail to 911 Truth, PO Box 5407, Woodridge, IL 60517 or by fax to 630-971-0500.
f) Last and most important, help 9/11-friendly candidates in your region and beyond in any way you can.
That's all it takes - a few hours of interesting, intelligent effort and you can help change history. Please sign up and get started today. You can see how cynically certain candidates are exploiting fear and 9/11 today, and we must turn that all around.
Helpful Polling Hints
When you approach uncommitted or unpolled candidates, introduce your 9/11 points or questions with respect to issues the candidate professes to care most about - e.g., Iraq, the Patriot Act, the deficit economy, Big Oil/global warming, etc. Gently suggest how 9/11 largely caused or exacerbated the candidate's prime issues, and note how many people now believe we need a totally new 9/11 investigation to see how this all came to pass.
Be respectful and polite, but also relentless until each candidate responds. As you well know, there is no more important issue today in order to understand our times, identify worthwhile candidates, and begin to take our country back.
If you have any questions, please direct them to politics911 @ 911truth.org
As always, we thank you all for your continuing, powerful efforts.
Janice Matthews, Executive Director, Kansas
City, MO, janice @ 911truth.org
Mike Berger, Media Coordinator, St. Louis, MO, mike @ 911truth.org Gabriel Day, Outreach & Networking Coordinator, Santa Cruz, CA gabriel @ 911truth.org
David Kubiak, International Campaign Advisor, San Francisco, CA, david @ 911truth.org
Erik Larson, Volunteer Coordinator, Los Angeles, CA, erik @ 911truth.org
Bryan Sacks, Research/Editor, Philadelphia, PA, bryan @ 911truth.org
Michael Wolsey, Rocky Mountain Program Coordinator, Greeley, CO, michael @ 911truth.org
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