SCHOLARS FOR 9/11 TRUTH & JUSTICE NEWSLETTER
Dear Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice,
This 9th Anniversary newsletter includes event announcements, member papers and essays as well as recent research and news about 9/11/01. Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice now has over 850 members and is continuing to grow every day with increasing numbers of people signing onto the challenges to the official story of 9/11/01.
Today, nine years after the attacks, people all over the world continue to not only discover, research, and discuss the challenges to the official story of the events that day, but importantly, to organize, strategize, create and spread media, speak out on street corners and in banners, to keep the questions alive. We hope that keeping you informed about recent news and developments will inspire you, too, to take action.
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a) Guest Columns in Local Press by Kevin Ryan
We need to continue to seek the truth about 9/11
August 8, 2010, Kevin Ryan, The Bloomington Herald-Times
Over the past three years, a group of concerned Bloomington citizens has worked to raise the public consciousness about the need for 9/11 truth. These folks are sometimes called “conspiracy theorists” because they do not believe the official version of events. Once people get by their initial reactions to 9/11 questioning, however, much can be learned in the process. To begin with, we all understand the definition of a conspiracy to be a secret plan, among two or more people, to commit a crime. Yet when faced with emotionally charged events like 9/11, many of us pretend that the definition of the word has changed.
‘The fictional basis for the war on terror’
August 19, 2010, Kevin Ryan, The Bloomington Alternative
Most people recognize that the events of 9/11 were the driving force behind the “War on Terror.” Less well recognized is the fact that this borderless war against an ill-defined enemy has expedited economic collapse, driven totalitarian legislation and generated a great deal of animosity against the United States throughout the world. The pain and suffering caused by 9/11 comes with an opportunity, however. Through a better understanding of those tragic events, we can achieve crucial insights that can not only end the wars but might ultimately lead to lasting positive change in human society.
See full article here.
b) Phillips and Mickey Huff Respond to Chip Berlet
Response to Chip Berlet’s “Toxic to Democracy: Conspiracy Theories, Demonization, and Scapegoating”
Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff, Project Censored
In his recent essay “Toxic to Democracy,” Political Research Associates Senior Analyst Chip Berlet uses the very same methods of demonization by association that he so strongly opposes. Berlet convolutes historical context, ideological differences, and progressives vis-à-vis extreme conservative, neo-con, libertarians in a diatribe of meaninglessness.
See full essay here.
c) Niels Harrit & Richard Gage, AIA, in Radio Debate
Richard Gage, from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and Dave Thomas a physicist from New Mexicans for Science and Reason, joined Ian Punnett for the entire Coast-to-Coast program to debate how the World Trade Center buildings collapsed on September 11, 2001. Physicist Kim Johnson and chemist Niels Harrit joined the discussion in hour three.
Program archived on YouTube here.
d) New 9/11 Truth News Website
911 Truth News
9/11 Truth News is intended to be an accessible and factually oriented first reference for those curious about 9/11 truth. Our movement must serve its audience and this site was created for that purpose. The key to effectively serving this purpose is our strategy. That starts with the site being solely related to 9/11 truth and edited by four longtime movement activists. With a good deal of thought about who we need to reach and the obstacles that stand in the way of reaching them, the editors of 911truthnews.com will be publishing only that which we believe to be the best this movement has to offer.
e) New Videos From David Chandler
David Chandler Updates: Two New Research Videos
1. ‘Clocking WTC7‘ is a graphic representation of the 5.4 second interval NIST originally used to deny freefall, before they re-interpreted the 5.4 second interval to include an unexplained 2.25 second period of absolute freefall.
2. What a Gravity-Driven Demolition Looks Like I have completed a video showing the analysis of the Balzac-Vitry controlled demolition that used hydrolics rather than explosives to initiate a total demolition. This analysis shows deceleration upon collision, as predicted in the paper, “The Missing Jolt: A Simple Refutation of the NIST-Bazant Collapse Hypothesis,” by Graeme MacQueen and Tony Szamboti. It also illustrates the symmetry of destruction, contrary to the “crush down” followed by “crush up” scenario propounded by Zdenek Bazant.
To also purchase David’s newest video, please visit: 911speakout.org
f) 9th Anniversary Nationwide Action with Richard Gage, AIA
1. Press Conference and Debate/Panel Discussion
Washington DC, National Press Club
2. Concurrent Press Conferences Hosted by You
All Around the World
On September 9, 2010, Richard Gage, AIA and AE911Truth will hold a major press conference and debate at the National Press Club in Washington DC. Please join them in the early afternoon in DC for these events or help to organize the event. On the same day, Richard Gage wants you to consider organizing a concurrent press conference outside the local office of your Senator or Representative. The step-by-step process to hold your press conference is easy and is listed here.
Contact them at CongressionalOutreach@ae911truth.org to get connected as a team member.
g) 9th Anniversary Eleventh of Every Month Actions Around the World
The Time is Now
On the Eleventh Day of Every Month
We Unite in Action for Truth until Justice
In the absence of sane leadership, we intend to do what people have always done to effect positive change: we will mobilize in massive numbers. On the Eleventh Day of Every Month, we call on activists everywhere to take to the streets in the name of truth. In every town and every city – and by any nonviolent means necessary – we will reach out together to our fellow citizens and spread the word. All that is required is participation by a small number of people already awake and willing to stand up and speak out for truth and justice. The laws of gravity – so absent from the NIST report – will take care of the rest. So began the Civil Rights Movement. It did not begin with Martin Luther King. A great man did not appear from on high and lead the masses to victory. It began with regular people getting off the couch, getting together and standing up for truth and justice.
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a) NORAD Radar Screens Displayed False Tracks on 9/11
‘Let’s Get Rid of This Goddamn Sim’:
How NORAD Radar Screens Displayed False Tracks All Through the 9/11 Attacks
August 12, 2010, Shoestring, Shoestring Blog
No one has investigated why false tracks continued being injected onto NORAD radar screens long after the U.S. military was alerted to the real-world crisis taking place that morning. We need to know who was responsible for transmitting the simulated “exercise inputs” to radar scopes. It has been reported that there was a “simulations team” working at NEADS the morning of September 11. Was this team putting out the false tracks? If so, who were its members?
Read full post here.
b) Pre-9/11 NORAD Exercise Simulated NYC Plane Crash
NORAD Exercise a Year Before 9/11 Simulated a Pilot Trying to Crash a Plane into a New York Skyscraper–The United Nation Headquarters
July 27, 2010, Shoestring, Shoestring Blog
How could it have happened that the organization responsible for defending U.S. airspace repeatedly practiced scenarios that so closely resembled the 9/11 attacks in the years leading up to those attacks? And considering that the existence of these plane-into-building training scenarios has largely gone unreported, might there have been other, similar scenarios practiced for by NORAD–or other U.S. military organizations–that we do not yet know of? A new investigation into 9/11 is clearly urgently required. And the role of these training scenarios is one of many aspects of the attacks that must be thoroughly examined.
Read full post here.
c) FOIA Lawsuit: Thousands of NIST 9/11 Photos, Videos Released
International Center for 9/11 Studies Secures Release of Thousands of Photos and Videos from NIST
September 1, 2010, James Gourley, 911Blogger
The International Center for 9/11 Studies has secured the release of hundreds of hours of video footage and tens of thousands of photographs used by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for its investigation of the collapse of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and Building 7. This material is being released to the Center under the Freedom of Information Act, in response to a lawsuit the Center filed against NIST. We are currently looking at the best ways to distribute these materials to interested researchers and journalists around the world.
Read full post here.
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a) Open Letter to President Obama from John Feal on 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
My letter to the President of the United States
Dear Mr. President:
Why have you failed us? Two years ago, when you were asking for our votes for president, your campaign said you supported the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which would provide us with the health care we earned through our service to this country. Since that time, though, you’ve said absolutely nothing about the heroes of 9/11. We thought you would be our champion, because the last administration failed us. Thousands of brave men & woman need your voice & support.
b) 9/11 Museum: “Every Artifact is Evidence of Destruction”
9/11 Museum Shows Progress
August 11, 2010, Joseph De Avila, The Wall Street Journal
The way that 9/11 is remembered will soon be transformed. Located beneath a maze of construction at Ground Zero, the National September 11 Memorial Museum is taking shape and has made significant progress. Members of the media took a tour of the cavernous, 120,000-square-foot museum site on Tuesday. The museum opening is slated for Sept. 11, 2012. Museum officials expect it to become one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, drawing as many as seven million visitors a year.
See full story here.
c) Message from the Building What?! Campaign
Watch The Ad One Million New Yorkers Will See!
We are pleased and tremendously excited to share this groundbreaking TV ad with you for the first time. We hope, with your help, to be able to show it to one million New Yorkers one month from now. Please go to BuildingWhat.org to watch the ad and please donate generously. Every $750 we raise is enough for another spot to reach another 10,000 people. Your donation will be fully tax-deductible. 5% of it will go to the WTC Rescuers Foundation. And 5% of it will be matched by another generous donor. Our strategy for buying spots is guided by two principles. Firstly, showing it to audiences who will respond productively and influence the public discussion, such as young people, academics, journalists and the political class. And secondly, repetition! We will be sending off the ad two weeks from now. Between now and then we welcome your comments. We’re all in this together!
See the website here.
And follow up with a quick Letter to the Editor about the ad, already written out, here.
d) Southern Poverty Law Center Attacks 9/11 Truth Movement
Russian TV Channel Pushes ‘Patriot’ Conspiracy Theories
August 20, 2010, Sonia Scherr, Southern Poverty Law Center
At the time of the last anniversary of Sept. 11, the channel published a four-part series on its website titled ”911 Reasons why 9/11 was (probably) an inside job.” The articles, by Russia Today commentator Robert Bridge, report uncritically on discredited notions about Sept. 11, including the possibility that a bomb inside the towers contributed to their collapse and that the CIA had advance knowledge of the attack. On March 10, one of Russia Today’s top stories was headlined “Americans continue to fight for 9/11 truth.” That story, about a Pennsylvania gathering of Sept. 11 truthers, reported incorrectly that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) listed Rudkowski’s We Are Change as a hate group along with the Ku Klux Klan. See full story here and discussion here.
Top 10 Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories
Alexander Zaitchik, Southern Poverty Law Center, Alternet
In the weeks and months after the attacks, a subculture of “9/11 Truthism” emerged in which the attacks were seen as anything but a simple case of well-trained Al Qaeda operatives flying planes into landmark buildings. Instead, “truthers” argued that the World Trade Center buildings were destroyed by controlled demolitions, that a missile brought down United Airlines 93, and that a missile — and not an airliner at all — struck the Pentagon. Who was responsible? The U.S. government, of course. See full story here and discussion here.
e) Matt Taibbi Uses ‘Rediscover911’ To Smear Movement
The Most Obnoxious Thing on the Internet This Month
August 21, 2010, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone Blog
The instant this Mosque fiasco turned into a full-blown media circus it became clear that the Truthers had to come up with some sort of position on the matter. From their point of view, of course, there’s nothing terribly offensive about putting a Mosque at Ground Zero because, after all, the Muslims and al Qaeda had nothing to do with 9/11. Instead it was George Bush, Dick Cheney, the CIA, the Mossad, the Council of Foreign Relations and whoever else was hanging out behind the conspiratorial curtain.
See full story here.
[To have a look at the website Rediscover911 without giving it traffic you can look at a counter site Rediscover911.org.]
f) Rep. Alan Grayson: Bush “Let It Happen”
Grayson slams mosque ‘distraction’: Talk about admin that ‘let’ 9/11 happen instead
August 21, 2010, Stephen C. Webster, The Raw Story
If we are going to talk about 9/11, why don’t we talk about how not so much the people who died on 9/11 were disgraced by the possibility of an Islamic athletic center several blocks away; how about the fact that they were disgraced by a president who let it happen?” he asked. “Who went on vacation for the entire month of August after he was warned in writing that Osama bin Laden was actually finding targets in NYC and learning how to take these planes and do terrible things with them? The thing itself said ‘hijacking’ and they did nothing about it.” …
Read the full story here.
g) Another report calls for “infiltration” of 9/11 websites
Report Calls for “Infiltration” of 9/11 Sites
August 29, 2010, 911TruthNews
A new report released by a think tank called Demos warns of the hazardous effects of conspiracy theories on society and recommends strategies for governments to mitigate these effects, including the infiltration of websites. The report, called The Power of Unreason: Conspiracy Theories, Extremism and Counterterrorism, says “most notoriously and influentially, the ‘9/11 truth movement’ has questioned the official accounts of 9/11 and has become a large and growing political force.”
Read the full story here.
h) Review of the new Brett Smith film, Hypothesis
Hypothesis – a documentary about Professor Steven E. Jones
August 25, 2010, Carol Brouillet, IndyBay.org
The film contains some priceless exchanges and interviews with random students and the administration officials at BYU, which are enlightening, frightening, and humorous. Most impressive are the interviews with Dr. Jones’s scientific collaborator Dr. Jeffrey Farrer, as well as views of the lab and their experiments. There is an excellent clip documenting the circumstances of the gathering of the first dust sample that Dr. Jones and Dr. Farrer examined together. The most dramatic, surprising, and damning interview, however, was with the man, C. Martin Hinckley, who first threatened Jones and then tried to bribe him to stop his research on the evidence of explosives. His threats in fact materialize later in the media attacks and the administrative leave that ended Professor Jones’s teaching career at BYU.
Read the full story here.
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Peace Through Truth: 9/11 and State Crimes Against Democracy
Saturday September 4th, 2010, 7 pm
Featuring Laurie Manwell and Graeme MacQueen
114 East Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, Indiana
“Our Lives Post 9/11”
Sunday September 12th, 2010, 3 – 8 pm
New York, NY
Featuring Steven Jones, Kevin Ryan, Niels Harrit, Crockett Grabbe and Richard Gage, AIA, among others.
Venue: 56 Walker Street
Location: 56 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013
The 6th Annual Northern California 9/11 Film Festival
Thursday-Sunday, September 9th – 12th, 2010
Oakland, San Leandro, San Francisco, CA
Featuring Mickey Huff, David Chandler, Peter Phillips and Filmmaker Brett Smith
Includes the New Film: Hypothesis (On Steven Jones)
Venues: The Grand Lake Theater in Oakland
the Bal Theatre in San Leandro
and the VizCinema in San Francisco
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The STJ911 Committee