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Lorie Van Auken: 11th Anniversary Letter

September 3rd, 2012 Posted in | 2 Comments »

Journal of 9/11 Studies
Letters, September 2012

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Lorie Van Auken is Co-Chair of the September 11th Advocates and founding member of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee, whose members were instrumental in the creation of the 9/11 Commission and in pressing the commission to oversee a thorough and credible investigation.

Eleven years ago, on September 11, 2001, my husband, Kenneth Van Auken, was murdered in the North Tower at the World Trade Center. Ken was only 47. It is astounding to me that 9/11 occurred over a decade ago, when it still feels like just yesterday. Our children were twelve and fourteen at the time of Ken’s death. They are adults now. There are kids alive today who don’t even remember that fateful day. To them it is just another historical event that they learn about at school.

For many people who lived through the events of September 11th the day has receded into the background. For others of us it remains in our lives on a daily basis. All of our experiences get viewed through the 9/11 “lens”. This focus makes us see the world very differently than others do, and differently than we ourselves used to.

Take the invasion of Iraq, for example. We were told over and over again that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction. Colin Powell testified at the United Nations with George Tenet, then head of the CIA, sitting behind him presenting an image of credibility and certainty. We were shown diagrams and photographs of where these WMD’s were hidden. None of it was true. Not a word. Yet we invaded Iraq based on these falsehoods. We were also told that Iraq might have played a role in the events of 9/11, which was later shown to be untrue as well. What was the real reason for the invasion of Iraq? That question has never been adequately answered. Prior to September 11th I wouldn’t have paid much attention, believing what I was hearing on the news. Post 9/11, I question everything that I am told.

Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is a stain on the reputation of the United States. The U.S. has tortured people whose guilt has never been proven. I was under the mistaken impression that America was to be the standard bearer in times of war and peace. Instead torture, extraordinary rendition, and assigning guilt without proof have become commonplace. These are terrible things that other countries might have done, but never the United States, or so we were led to believe.

There are many ever-evolving and unanswered questions with regard to the day of September 11, 2001. The 9/11 Commission did not satisfactorily address the central issues, nor did The National Institute of Standards and Technology in its investigation into the World Trade Center collapses. Those are the politically influenced “investigations” into September 11th, which the American people and the world have had to live with for over a decade. A real investigation with evidence and experts is still needed if we are ever to understand what really happened on that tragic day. Sadly, until that time it is likely that September 11, 2001 will continue to be used as an excuse to justify more outrageous and unconscionable actions by our government.

Lorie Van Auken

Posted at 911blogger on September 3rd, 2012 by Kevin Ryan.

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Why Were U.S. Intelligence Facilities in an ‘Information Void’ During the 9/11 Attacks?

August 30th, 2012 Posted in | No Comments »
Submitted to 911blogger by Shoestring on Sun, 08/19/2012 – 8:18am

The FBI's Strategic Information and Operations Center

When the terrorist attacks began on September 11, 2001, numerous U.S. intelligence agencies and facilities that should have been closely following the catastrophic events taking place in the skies over America were unaware that anything was wrong. Because of their particular responsibilities and their advanced capabilities, agencies such as the FBI and the National Security Agency (NSA) should have been among the first to learn the details of the crisis. But, instead, they were apparently in an information blackout, and their knowledge of the attacks was limited to what they could learn from television reports.

The fact that key intelligence agencies and facilities experienced this problem, and all at the same time, suggests that the information blackout may have been intentional–an act of sabotage committed by the perpetrators of the attacks. Such an act could have been intended to render these agencies and facilities useless when their services were urgently needed, thereby helping to ensure that the attacks were successful.

MILITARY OFFICERS UNSUCCESSFULLY SOUGHT INFORMATION ABOUT THE ATTACKS
The lack of awareness of the crisis on September 11 is highlighted in the accounts of two military officers who contacted numerous facilities in their attempts to learn more about the attacks. These officers were Lieutenant Colonel Mark Stuart, an intelligence officer at NORAD’s Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS), and Major David McNulty, the senior intelligence officer of the 113th Wing of the District of Columbia Air National Guard at Andrews Air Force Base. [1]

Stuart and McNulty’s units had crucial roles to play on September 11. NEADS, based in Rome, New York, was responsible for coordinating the U.S. military’s response to the hijackings. [2] And “air defense around Washington, DC,” according to Knight Ridder, was provided “mainly by fighter planes from Andrews Air Force Base,” which is just 10 miles from the capital. [3] The DC Air National Guard was in fact known as the “Capital Guardians.” [4] It was therefore essential that Stuart and McNulty be provided with up-to-the-minute information on the attacks. That, however, did not happen.

NEADS was alerted to the first hijacking–that of American Airlines Flight 11–just before 8:38 a.m. on September 11, when an air traffic controller called to report the incident and request military assistance. [5] Beginning at around 8:48 a.m., Mark Stuart contacted several facilities to see if they had any information on the hijacking, beyond what he had already learned. These facilities included the FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center, the National Military Joint Intelligence Center, and the 1st Air Force headquarters. None of them could provide any additional information. A colleague of Stuart’s checked the SIPRNET–the U.S. military Internet system–for relevant information, but also without success. [6]

At Andrews Air Force Base, about five minutes or so after he learned that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center (the crash occurred at 9:03 a.m.), McNulty went to his “intel vault” and began seeking relevant information. He too checked the SIPRNET. He called agencies such as the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA. He also called units such as the Air Combat Command Intelligence Squadron and the 609th Air Intelligence Squadron. But he was unable to find out anything more than he had already learned from television reports. [7]

Other accounts provide further details of the lack of awareness of the catastrophic events within the military and other government agencies. Indeed, the information blackout appears to have been almost universal. One government official commented that the U.S. was “deaf, dumb, and blind” for much of September 11. [8]

Continued here.

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Two New Letters on Journal of 9/11 Studies

July 3rd, 2012 Posted in | No Comments »

Letters 2012

The 9/11 Attack on the Pentagon: the Search for Consensus (June, 2012)
Frank Legge
Letter to the Royal Society from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (Written June 2011, posted June 2012)
Board of Directors, AE911Truth

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Keiser Report: 9-11 Insider Trading and Germany’s Elusive Gold Reserves

March 28th, 2012 Posted in | No Comments »

RussiaToday–Mar 24, 2012–Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, talk to independent journalist, Lars Schall, about his recently published investigation into insider trading around the 9-11 terrorist attack as well as his pursuit of Germany’s elusive gold reserves.

Copyright Russia Today 2012

Video link here.  Discuss on 911blogger here.

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Two new papers just out

January 1st, 2012 Posted in | No Comments »

A new paper has been published by John Wyndham in the Journal of 9/11 Studies:

The Pentagon Attack: Problems with Theories Alternative to Large Plane Impact

“The widespread belief among those who question the official account of 9/11, that a large plane did not hit the Pentagon on 9/11, is unsupported by the evidence. The failure of the 9/11 truth movement to reach consensus on this issue after almost a decade is largely due to a failure to rigorously apply the scientific method to each proposed theory. This paper, by so applying the evidence to each proposed theory, shows that a large plane hitting the Pentagon is by far the most plausible theory.”

Additionally, Kevin Ryan has also published a new paper:

The Small World of 9/11 Players: LS2, Vidient and AMEC

“A simple review of the people whose roles were critical to the success of the attacks, and their associations before and after 9/11, brings to light surprising connections between companies that were responsible for security and construction, and the people most responsible for protecting the nation.”

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Niels Harrit’s Talk at the Toronto Hearings

September 13th, 2011 Posted in | 1 Comment »

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Laurie Manwell talk at the Toronto Hearings

September 13th, 2011 Posted in | No Comments »

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The Meaning of 9/11 by Michael Meacher MP

September 12th, 2011 Posted in | No Comments »

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September 11, 2011
Author: Michael Meacher
Source: Michael Meacher MP

9/11 remains one of the most misunderstood events in modern history. The first myth is that it came out of the blue on an unsuspecting America. In fact it is known that 11 countries provided advance warnings to the US about the 9/11 attacks, including Russia and Israel which sent 2 senior Mossad experts to Washington in August 2001 with a list of terrorist suspects that included 4 of the 9/11 hijackers, none of whom was arrested. Moussaoui, now thought to be the 20th hijacker, was arrested in August 2001 after an instructor reported he showed a suspicious interest in learning how to steer large airliners, and Newsweek later revealed (20 May 2002) that an agent had written that month that Moussaoui might be planning to crash into the Twin Towers. Richard Clarke, counter-terrorism chief in the White House, has since said that “50 CIA personnel knew that al-Hamzi and al-Mihdhar (2 of the hijackers) were in the US in July-August 2001, including the Director”, but never passed the information to the FBI. And the former US federal crimes prosecutor, John Loftus, has stated that “the information provided by European intelligence services prior to 9/11 was so extensive that it is no longer possible for either the CIA or FBI to assert a defence of incompetence”.

See full article here.

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Kevin Ryan’s Talk at the Toronto Hearings

September 11th, 2011 Posted in | No Comments »

See: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/17188564

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David Chandler’s talk at the Toronto Hearings

September 10th, 2011 Posted in | No Comments »

Video streaming by Ustream

See schedule: http://torontohearings.org/schedule-and-live-coverage/

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