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Thursday, September 8th, 2016

9/11 Truth Film Festival of 2016 —
Exposing the Lie of the Century

The 9/11 Myth Sacred Cow 9/11 Truth Film Festival

Fifteen years after 9/11, the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance presents our 12th annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival.

 

Films include:

Incontrovertable Movie“Incontrovertible” – British documentary about producer Tony Rooke’s refusal in the British courts to pay fees that support “terrorism” and that also support the BBC—which announced the demise of WTC 7 before it happened. Rooke makes a strong critique of the official narrative about 9/11, and of the subsequent crimes that have hinged upon an unquestioned belief in this narrative. Filmmaker Tony Rooke will also speak.

“9/11: Decade of Deception” – Canadian documentary chronicling the 2011 Toronto Hearings, highlighting the evidence presented by expert witnesses and the unanimous conclusion of an international panel of distinguished judges that there has not yet been a genuine investigation of 9/11 and that an independent investigation is urgently needed.

demolitionoftruth“The Demolition of Truth: Psychologists Examine 9/11” – American documentary examining the psychological impact of 9/11, individually and collectively, and what can be learned from the social sciences about healing from this traumatic event. Filmmaker Charles Ewing Smith will also speak.

Speakers include:

MacQueenGraeme MacQueen, PhD  Author of The 2001 Anthrax Deception: The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy, steering committee member of the 2011 Toronto Hearings, and a co-editor of “The Journal of 9/11 Studies.” He received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University and taught in the Religious Studies Department of McMaster University for 30 years. While at McMaster he became founding Director of the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster, after which he helped develop the B.A. program in Peace Studies and oversaw the development of peace- building projects in Sri Lanka, Gaza, Croatia and Afghanistan.

Peter-Phillips-300x270Peter Phillips, PhD  Former director of Project Censored, he has published 14 editions of Censored: Media Democracy in Action and is the author of the 2006 book Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney. He has received numerous awards for his work and continues to write op-ed pieces for independent media nationwide. He is co-host with Mickey Huff of the weekly Project Censored Show on KPFA.

Huff_MickeyMickey Huff  Director of Project Censored and professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College, where he is co-chair of the history department and teaches numerous courses such as “America, 9/11, and the War on Terror: Case Studies in Media Myth-Making and the Propaganda of Historical Construction.” He is on the board of the Media Freedom Foundation and is co-host with Peter Phillips of the weekly Project Censored Show on KPFA. He has been a co-editor, editor, and/or contributor to the award-winning Censored annual book series from 2008 to the present.

JohnMeadersJohn Meaders  Highly honored CHP police officer calling for a real investigation into 9/11. Amazingly, John Meaders was born in Brooklyn, New York City, on September 11, 1950, exactly 51 years before the tragic events of 9/11. He attended school in Staten Island and Brooklyn, and joined the US Army in 1975 for four years, attaining the rank of Specialist Fifth Class, or “buck sergeant,” and working as an Electronic Missile System Repairer. He joined the California Highway Patrol in 1981 and after five months of academy training began patrolling the freeways and county roads in the South Los Angeles area. In 1988 he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University at Los Angeles in criminal justice, and he has been highly honored for his heroism within the CHP. After being promoted to sergeant in 2007, he transferred to Tracy, California, and then retired two years later from the Tracy office as a sergeant. He and his wife, Donna, reside in Loveland, Colorado, and enjoy their involvement in politics and political action.

tony-rookeTony Rooke – Producer of the film “Incontrovertible,” which documents his refusal in the British courts to pay fees that support “terrorism.” He is from Chichester in the South of England and has worked as a screenwriter and composer in both mainstream TV and the independent film world. He woke up to 9/11 around 2005, like many being alarmed and perplexed by the sudden collapse of WTC Building 7. As he says, “I come from a family full of police officers. My father, my sister, and my brother-in-law were all cops. Even I was going to be a cop, but color-blindness ruled me out of qualification. Nobody in my family trusts the official 9/11 story.” He despises most politicians, with the exception of Cynthia McKinney, whom he hails as a new Martin Luther King.

Charles-ewingCharles Ewing Smith — Producer of the documentary “The Demolition of Truth: Psychologists Examine 9/11,” which examines the psychological impact of 9/11, individually and collectively, and the healing process. Having worked as a sound editor in the film industry for many years, Chuck was executive producer with Richard Gage and co-editor of 9/11 Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out, which has become one of the most viewed 9/11 documentaries ever. After revisiting the many outtakes of interviews with psychologists in this film, he found considerable footage that had not been used in “9/11 Explosive Evidence” but which nonetheless contained a compelling message that should not be scrapped or edited into the dustbin. This discovery inspired him to utilize these interviews and expand upon them to create what became “The Demolition of Truth: Psychologists Examine 9/11.” Other film credits include “Pulp Fiction,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Sin City” and “The Witches of Eastwick.” Chuck currently resides in Pasadena, California. A seeker for truth and justice, he has devoted much of his time and energy to raising public consciousness on critical issues.

VealeWilliam Veale retired in 2006 as Chief Assistant Public Defender in Contra Costa County, California after 31 years of trying death penalty cases and the like.  He taught Criminal Trial Practice at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California for eleven years.  In 2008 he and famed civil rights lawyer, Dennis Cunningham, filed a lawsuit on behalf of April Gallop, a soldier injured during the 9/11 attack at the Pentagon, against former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers accusing them of complicity in mass murder and treason.  The case was dismissed in the District Court as frivolous, and the dismissal was affirmed and sanctions imposed by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.  The opinion of that Panel, which included John Mercer Walker, Jr. a first cousin once removed of former President George W. Bush, omitted reference to the principal allegations in Gallop’s Complaint.  Despite the $15,000 sanctions, Veale continues to advocate for legal actions against those most obviously responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

bonniefaulkner2Mistress of Ceremonies Bonnie Faulkner  Host of the weekly KPFA show Guns and Butter, which investigates the relationships among capitalism, militarism and politics.

Grand Lake Theatre
3200 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 1 pm – 10 pm

Suggested donation, $15

The 9/11 Truth Film Festival will be webcasted live and archived at  No Lies Radio. No Lies Radio is also assisting in the live stream in New York City on Sept 10-11 where Graeme MacQueen, William Veale and others will gather and discuss legal strategies at  Justice in Focus: 9/11 | 2016 – A Weekend Symposium in NYC .

9/11 Truth Film Festival Schedule

1:00 p.m. – Speaker –  Welcome

1:05 p.m. – Speaker – Charles Ewing Smith

1:10 p.m. – Film – The Demolition of the Truth: Psychologists Examine 9/11

2:59 p.m. – Short Film – Free Falling (Music)

3:07 p.m. – Short Film – PULL IT   (Humor)

3:08 p.m. – Short Film – Pentagon Plane Puzzle with David Chandler  (trailer)  Produced by Ken Jenkins

3:16 p.m. – Short Film – A Very Heavy Agenda Part 3: Maintaining the World Order ( trailer) Produced by Robbie Martin

3:22 p.m. – Short Film – Dan Barnum AE911Truth Message

3:26 p.m. – Speaker – Peter Phillips

3:47 p.m. – Speaker – Mickey Huff

4:07 p.m. – 4:17 p.m.  Ten Minute Intermission

4:17 p.m. –  Film – 9/11: Decade of Deception 2:05

6:24 p.m. – Speaker – Graeme MacQueen

7:29 p.m. – 7:39 p.m. – Ten Minute Intermission

7:39 p.m. – Speaker – John Meaders

7:44 p.m. – Film – Incontrovertible

9:47 p.m. – Speaker – Tony Rooke

9:54 p.m. – Speaker – William Veale


Why We Need to Understand: 9/11, New Enemies, and the Global War on Terror

Thanks for visiting our site and expressing interest in finding the truth about what really happened on 9/11. Before you dive into the details, we’d like to provide an overview, a frame that will allow particulars to make more sense. For many of you, much of what follows will draw on what you already know.

Historical scholarship has demonstrated that with the demise of the Soviet threat, neoconservatives, bankers, military contractors and other elites felt an acute need for a replacement, for a new larger-than-life enemy.

Although the particulars of this “enemy deficit” were new in the 1990s, the problem faced by ruling elites was not. First, governments seek to control their populations, and magnified outside threats have always served as a primary means of control. Like cowboys driving a herd of cattle while shooting at imaginary Indians, governments brandish threats to make their citizens circle the wagons and hunker down. Secondly, everyday people aren’t eager to march off to war. Without a scary, often demonized outside threat, elites would face much more difficulty building public support for their militarism. Without wars, they wouldn’t be able to realize the profits they derive from seizing other countries’ resources, producing war materiel, or loaning huge sums to governments doing massive military spending. Thus one of the time-honored ways to generate public support for wars is by provoking, simulating or reporting attacks attributed to defined enemies. In fact, neoconservatives were quite explicit about their desire for a traumatic event dramatizing a formidable new enemy. By 2000, the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) pointed out that it would be impossible to increase military spending and pursue America’s global-domination project, “absent some catastrophic event-like a new Pearl Harbor.” Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz were all members of PNAC when it issued this call; just months later, they held powerful positions in the Bush administration.

Patterns Under the Radar

But was Pearl Harbor a uniquely “catastrophic event” in American history? Let’s look at three other examples with an eye to connecting the dots:

  • the Mexican-American War of 1846 involved a provocative incursion into Mexico which caused the Mexicans to fire on troops under Gen. Zachary Taylor. As a result of its easy victory, the young Republic gained a vast area, including California and most of today’s Southwest.
  • Operation Northwoods, which was seriously considered as a way to launch an attack on Cuba in 1962, involved simulations of “Cuban” attacks. These were to be staged both over the Caribbean and in American cities. This classic “false flag” scheme was canceled by JFK.
  • the Gulf of Tonkin “incident” of 1964, in which North Vietnamese torpedo boats supposedly “attacked” an American warship, actually never happened. Nevertheless, this contrived attack prompted Congress to pass a resolution endorsing an agonizing, genocidal “police action” that raged for eleven years afterward. Nearly three million people died in the Vietnam War, and countless others were wounded physically, psychologically, or both.

These, of course, are only three examples among many. A review of the history will reveal that few if any of America’s major wars began without reliance on one or more of these schemes. Justifications for wars are particularly necessary in more democratic countries, since their wars require a higher degree of public approval of those of authoritarian societies. Contrived crises, then, are a typical tactic in a long American tradition.

Restorative Knowledge

Truth or ConsequencesUnderstanding this pattern—and how the attacks on 9/11 fit into it—is one of our best safeguards against still more unnecessary wars. Beyond helping to resist militarism, however, understanding 9/11 provides a window into how political systems function, or more likely malfunction. Learning about 9/11, then, offers full immersion in Realpolitik, providing an understanding of what actually is. With that awareness, we can imagine a politics that would better serve more of us. This keen and critical understanding is also essential to restoring and renewing American democracy. Starting with the self-serving conceptions proposed by many of the Founders, our democracy has fallen far short of the exalted ideals of Jefferson, Madison, and Paine. Civil rights guaranteed in the Constitution have faced unprecedented attacks. And the critical thinking so essential to democracy has sunk to a low ebb. This said, there is much to be gained from understanding what has gone awry. We need to comprehend the failures of democratic institutions implied by the power of “shadow-government” factors-from neocons to the intelligence apparatus to the financial system that has exerted so much influence on recent presidents. When banksters rule, poor people beg for bread.

Waging a Global War on Terror

The standard narrative of 9/11-that 19 Islamist hijackers commanded by a rich Saudi from Afghanistan underpins the open-ended War, which included a doctrine of preemptive strikes. Already the US has used this doctrine to attack two countries, Afghanistan and Iraq, both of whose governments had little if anything to do with 9/11. Washington has justified torture and “extraordinary renditions” as necessary responses to terrorism. Through the USA Patriot Act, it also moved into various violations of the Constitution, including electronic surveillance of American citizens. To justify its invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Bush administration had to fabricate absurd connections between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Uruguayan historian Eduardo Galeano has observed that the war in Iraq “was born of a lie and has been generating more lies ever since.” True enough. But the same could be said about the conflict in Afghanistan and the events of 9/11 that made them both possible.

Magnified Threats

Fear mongering is tied to the Official Story of 9/11. From that time onward to the present, Islamic terrorism has been presented as the major threat to Western societies-and especially to the US and the UK. It’s often remarked that if Osama bin Laden hadn’t existed, governments would have had to invent him. Perhaps they have. At the minimum, they have exploited his potential to shock. Recall that one of the most menacing bin Laden tapes was widely broadcast just days before the 2004 presidential elections. Bin Laden hasn’t just been a bigger-than-life boogie man; he and the trauma surrounding 9/11 have also served as convenient distractions. When 9/ll scholars trying to examine the institutional factors underlying the attacks, they’re often limited by public obsessions with al Qaeda. And when more thoughtful analysts point to other, much more foreboding threats such as the nuclear arms race, overpopulation, or global climate change, they have difficulty moving the discussion beyond the immediate fears generated by the horrific images of the World Trade Center. Given the magnitude of the “shock and awe,” then, 9/11 has proved to be the most effective psychological operation (“psy op”) in human history.

Beyond Media Failures: Being the Media

While many Americans are skeptical about this and other myths, the information they receive from corporate and government news outlets gives them little basis for informed, intelligent critique. Although nearly half of the US population has doubts about the Official Story, the mainstream and even much of the “alternative”/progressive media have not provided either the historical background or the contemporary contexts needed to critique the government’s mythic story. Armed with these, it’s not hard to debunk. The failure of the news media to meet its responsibilities in a democracy have forced the 9/11 truth movement to rely more heavily on documentary videos, smallcirculation books, and web sites. These vary in quality, of course, so it behooves the truth seeker to select well researched books and videos by David Ray Griffin, Steven Jones, Kevin Ryan, and Richard Gage—plus reliable sites such as 911Truth, 911Blogger, AE911Truth, and sf911Truth. Such recommendations are hardly exhaustive, but they’re good places to continue your search. Welcome to the quest for truth about 9/11. The questioning, critical thinking, healthy skepticism, and intellectual curiosity that probably brought you here will no doubt serve you well.