Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance Marches for Science, Earth Day 2017, San Francisco


Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance
Marches for Science on Earth Day 2017
San Francisco

We made some posters especially for the occasion! We gathered at Justin Herman Plaza, where people were packed like sardines, before we funnelled onto Market Street, which we filled. The march proceeded to UN Plaza and then to the Civic Center.  We passed out many flyers to interested people, along the way.




2016 “The 9/11 Myth Sacred Cow” 9/11 Truth Film Festival

The 9/11 Myth Sacred Cow 9/11 Truth Film Festival9/11 Truth Film Festival of 2016 —
Exposing the Lie of the Century

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  Born and raised in Canada, Graeme MacQueen received his PhD in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University and taught in the Religious Studies department of McMaster University for 30 years. In 1989 he became founding Director of the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster, after which he was co-creator of peace-building projects in several war zones.  He is a co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies; a member of the 9/11 Consensus Panel; and was on the organizing committee of the 2011 Toronto Hearings on 9/11. He has published several peer-reviewed articles on the events of 9/11 as well as The 2001 Anthrax Deception: The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy. Since his retirement, he continues to do research, and recently completed a report entitled, “The October 22, 2014, Ottawa Shootings: Why Canadians Need a Public Inquiry.”

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

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 .

2014 NCA911TA “9/11 Truth Film Fest” Photos

2014 Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance “9/11 TRUTH FILM FESTIVAL” Photo Album by Truth Troubadour Vic Sadot

These are mostly screen-shots taken from the No Lies Radio live-stream archive of the “9/11 Truth Film Festival” held at the elegant Grand Lake Theater on 9/11/14 in Oakland, CA. The event was organized by the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance. The live stream will be available for 30 days for a small donation at www.noliesradio.org/filmfestival

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Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects

“Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects” by Kevin Ryan. Book Review by Vic Sadot originally posted 6-27-14 at Truth Troubadour Blog at Blogspot. “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects” by Kevin Ryan is one of the greatest 9/11 Truth books yet! And there have been some great ones, such as “The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions” and “The New Pearl Harbor Revisited” by David Ray Griffin, “Crossing the Rubicon” by the late Michael C. Ruppert, “Towers of Deception” by Barrie Zwicker, and “The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America” by Peter Dale Scott.

ANOTHER NINETEEN: INVESTIGATING LEGITIMATE 9/11 TRUTH SUSPECTS

ANOTHER NINETEEN: INVESTIGATING LEGITIMATE 9/11 TRUTH SUSPECTS

The esteemed Professor of Literature at UC-Berkeley, Dr. Peter Dale Scott, wrote this endorsement for the work, “Over the last decade, Kevin Ryan has been one of the most intelligent and useful analysts of what happened on 9/11, on topics ranging from the scientific analyses of how the WTC towers collapsed to the broader political background of the event. It is a most welcome opportunity to have the fruits of his researches collected in a book.”

Kevin Ryan, author of “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects”. “Kevin Ryan is the co-editor of 9/11 Studies and a whistleblower from Underwriters Laboratories. He has contributed to many books and scientific articles on the subject of 9/11, and has made presentations around the U.S. and Canada. He has appeared on National Public Radio, Air America Radio, Pacifica Radio, C-SPAN Book TV, and Colorado Public Television.” Kevin Ryan’s blog is titled “Dig Within”.

Kevin Ryan, author of “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects”. “Kevin Ryan is the co-editor of 9/11 Studies and a whistleblower from Underwriters Laboratories. He has contributed to many books and scientific articles on the subject of 9/11, and has made presentations around the U.S. and Canada. He has appeared on National Public Radio, Air America Radio, Pacifica Radio, C-SPAN Book TV, and Colorado Public Television.” Kevin Ryan’s blog is titled “Dig Within”.

What makes “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects” unique and important is that it names people who were in a position to make sure that the outcome was the one that happened. Kevin Ryan names another 19 suspects, a list that includes people who could order a US military stand-down; people who could control the media story; people who could terrorize Congress with anthrax attacks; people who had the means to use remote control of airliners; people who had access to nano thermite and to the steel frames of the World Trade Center towers that 19 Muslims would never have had in order to cause 10 second disintegration style demolitions; people who could assure that nobody got court-martialed, fired, demoted, or even reprimanded as a consequence of the monumental failures of the day but rather rewarded; people who could create a marketable myth and control the exploitation of the lie for repressive laws and resource wars of choice abroad; people who could control and assure a cover-up of the crimes. Some of those named will be familiar if not expected to be suspected, such as Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, and NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, CIA Director George Tenet, FBI Director Louis Freeh, and Generals Myers and Eberhard. Rumsfeld_Giuliani_at_World-Trade-Center_9-14-01Donald Rumsfeld and Rudy Giuliani at the 9/11 Crime Scene on 9-14-01 Others named may not be as well-known to the public, but they held key positions of power that relate to the crime. They all had the means, motive, and opportunity, and they all benefited considerably from these crimes. These would be Frank Carlucci of the Carlyle Group, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Sec of State Richard Armitage, National Security Director Condoleezza Rice and Deputy National Security Director Richard Clarke, Carl Truscott of the Secret Service, Deputy Secretary of Defense John Deutch and SAIC corporation, Paul Bremer, Brian Michael Jenkins, Wirt Walker of KuwAm, Barry McDaniel of Stratesec, as well as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and other NeoCons from the Project for the New American Century calling for a “new Pearl Harbor”. Two good introductions to the book are the interviews done with Kevin Ryan by Abby Martin on “Breaking the Set” on RT and Bonnie Faulkner on “Guns & Butter” Pacifica Radio Network. Bonnie-Faulkner_text_911TruthFilmFest2013GrandLakeOaklandCANoLiesRadioAllanRees_photoVicSadot      “9/11:The 19 Suspects the Government Wants to Hide”  (10:40) | Think Tank 9-10-13 Abby Martin speaks with Kevin Ryan, co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies and author of ‘Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects’, a book that explores 19 alternative suspects that he alleges had the real means and motive to pull of the 9/11 attacks. 9/11: The 19 Suspects the Government Wants to Hide | Think Tank 9-10-13 Abby Martin speaks with Kevin Ryan Video of Abbey Martin Interview of Kevin Ryan Video of Bonnie Faulkner Guns & Butter Radio YouTube Interview of Kevin Ryan Kevin Ryan Interview with Bonnie Faulkner on “Guns & Butter” Radio Show The information in “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects” is detailed and documented in a scholarly manner with a common sense language in the tradition of Tom Paine. It makes a solid case for why these individuals should be investigated as “suspects”. If these suspects are guilty of the crimes of 9/11, then a prosecution and conviction of them would completely change human history, bring hope and justice to the world, and end the phony “war on terror”. The lies and myths of 9/11 have been used for destabilizing and attacking numerous weaker countries with valuable resources and strategic locations. 9/11 was used as the justification for illegal kidnappings and torture, the removal of fundamental rights like habeas corpus from the common law and the inalienable Bill of Rights in the US Constitution, and the placement of puppet regimes to privatize and militarize the earth under fewer further consolidated global corporations. Thomas-Kean_Philip-Zelikow_Lee-Hamilton_9-11cover-up-commissionThomas Kean, Philip Zelikow, and Lee Hamilton of the 9/11 Commission appointed by President George W. Bush Of particular interest are the actual creators of the “War on Terror”, people who wrote about it and pumped it up for years and then posed in media interviews as “experts” on the subject that they profited from in the aftermath of the tragedy. Florida Republican Senator Porter Goss, a former CIA operative, and Senator Bob Graham played key roles in the Congressional “investigation” that pre-dated the ill-fated President George Bush mandated 9/11 Commission headed by Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, but really run by Executive Director Philip D. Zelikow, an Assistant National Security Director to Condoleezza Rice, who should have been investigated instead of investigating and was opposed by 9/11 victim families, such as the Jersey Girls in the documentary titled “Press for Truth”. 911press-for-truth_the-jersey-girlsIt may seem depressing to take a deeper look into the darker side of the US corporate oligarchy captured state apparatus of the Republic of the United States. However, it is liberating and enlightening for those who break on through the mind numbing matrix to an analysis of the crimes that makes sense of the event and the exploitation of it. Kevin Ryan is the co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies and a whistleblower from Underwriters Laboratories. He has contributed to many books and scientific articles on the subject of 9/11, and has made presentations around the U.S. and Canada. He has appeared on National Public Radio, Air America Radio, Pacifica Radio, C-SPAN Book TV, Free Speech TV, and Colorado Public Television. Another-Nineteen_candle-at-vic-sadot  To get the book, go to the secure E-store for Another Nineteen Or for discounted rates for Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate Suspects at Amazon TRUTH TROUBADOUR SONG FOR THIS BLOG TROUBLE IN THE RUBBLE TROUBLE IN THE RUBBLE Visit Kevin Ryan’s Blog “Dig Within” Vic Sadot Official Music Site

In Memory of 9/11 Researchers
Michael C. Ruppert and John Judge

in-memory of John Judge and Michael C. Ruppert
It is with great sadness that the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance marks the passing of two of the finest researchers into the events of 9/11 — Michael C. Ruppert and John Judge.

Michael C. Ruppert
was a former LA Detective, whistleblower and investigative journalist, and one of the first people to speak out on the inconsistencies of the official story of 9/11. In later years he wrote extensively about 9/11 on his website, From the Wilderness. He also wrote one of the most comprehensive books on the subject, “Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil.” Ruppert died on April 13, 2014, of an apparent suicide.

Here Michael is interviewed by Alison Weiner, Media Mayhem host on the subject of 9/11

Northern California 9/11 Truth singer-songwriter, Vic Sadot, dedicates the song “Blowback or Bloody Treason” to Michael Ruppert



John Judge
was one of the foremost researchers into the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and MLK. He was the founder and director of Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA), a group dedicated to researching and exposing these events. Judge also spoke frequently on the inconsistencies of 9/11 to audiences around the country as an insider. Having grown up in a Pentagon family he describes details of missile batteries around the Pentagon and why the planes on 9/11 were allowed in restricted air space unhindered. Judge died on April 9, 2014, in what looks like complications from an earlier stroke.

Here John explains his background and analysis of events of those day:

For more about John Judge:
In Memory of John Judge – Godfather and Pioneer of Alternative Media

And, here Bonnie Faulkner from KPFA Guns and Butter Remembers both Judge and Ruppert:
https://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/102200

The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Univeralists (at 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA) will be holding a film series on two separate nights in honor of both Judge and Ruppert. On Thursday, May 8, 2014 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, will be a film series in remembrance of John Judge Films shown are: John Judge in 1994: “The Hidden History of the United States: Who Really Runs America? – Part One: from The Eclectic Point of View (1:59:39). After a brief intermission, we will show the short (38:23) “Closing Remarks” by John Judge to the 50th Anniversary Conference on President Kennedy’s Murder , which was presented on November 24, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The theme was “Fifty Years in Denial is Enough: Free the Files! Find the Truth!

…and, on Friday, May 23, 2014 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, will be a film series in remembrance of Michael C. Ruppert. Film show: “THE GREAT AWAKENING” (1:17:43) – The Great Awakening Speech empowers and invites humanity to change the way it thinks and perceives reality. On 9-11-2011 Mike Ruppert, the ‘tracker of truth’ , spoke in Seattle. He evoked a powerful, inspiring, selfless message of incorruptible truth and awareness; shining a bright light in an age of darkness and deceit.

Thank you for being speakers of truth in a time of lies. You will be missed.

Condolences to Michael and John’s families.

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.

Noam Chomsky’s “Willful Ignorance of 9/11” by Kevin Ryan

Kevin Ryan Responds to Noam Chomsky Ridicule of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth founded by Richard Gage: “Willful Ignorance” in Dig Within Blog

Noam Chomsky recently engaged in a smear campaign against Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth by misrepresenting what their efforts are, what they actually say, and their size, which he called “miniscule”. After some 30 email  correspondences with Noam Chomsky, author-researcher Kevin Ryan has regretfully had to conclude that Chomsky has not availed himself of information about 9/11 that is readily available to everyone after these many years, including the information sent to Noam Chomsky by Kevin Ryan. That includes his new book titled “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects”.

Kevin Ryan calls Noam Chomsky’s dismissal of 9/11 research a position of “willful ignorance”. In his Florida speech Noam Chomsky responded to a question about World Trade Center Building 7 by claiming that he did not to know enough about the basic laws of physics to evaluate the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings on 9/11/01, saying that he would defer to the authority of people with credentials. 

In Dig Within, Kevin Ryan Ryan wrote that Chomsky made “an attempt to belittle, and downplay the sacrifices of, people seeking the truth”. Ryan reveals what Chomsky’s gate-keeper game is all about since he has a long history of dismissing deep political conspiracies going back to the JFK murder-coup of 1963. Chomsky supported the basic findings of the Warren Commission that Oswald acted alone. Kevin Ryan is co-founder of The Journal of 9/11 Studies and has a new book out titled “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects”

Ryan states, “I’ve copied Chomsky on more than two peer-reviewed scientific articles in mainstream journals that describe evidence for demolition at the WTC… Chomsky acknowledged receiving the book in August and wrote to me that he was ‘pleased to have a copy of the book, and hope to be able to get to it before too long’.”

ANOTHER NINETEEN: INVESTIGATING LEGITIMATE 9/11 TRUTH SUSPECTS

The Huffington Post ran an article by Ashley Alman on 11-26-13 titled: “Here’s The Video To Share With Anybody Who Still Buys Into 9/11 Truther Stuff”. The writer uses the video posted by the person who posed the question to Noam Chomsky, Bob Tuskin, without crediting him or covering his commentary at his video.

Bob Tuskin YouTube Channel, Oct 18, 2013 – Florida 9/11 Truth activist Bob Tuskin poses a question to Noam Chomsky. He and his movement get ridiculed by Chomsky, but no rational response to the question posed was given. Rather than discuss the scientific points made in recent years by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Chomsky calls AE911Truth a “miniscule group”.

This avoidance of questions and the use of a haughty anti-intellectual engagement of the matters under debate has been going on for a long time. Such methodology only leads to speculation about what Chomsky must really think and whether he is under threats or if he is simply a “Left Gatekeeper” used to make certain topics “taboo” to keep them out of legitimate analysis of pivotal events. 

 

Kevin Ryan, author of “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects”. “Kevin Ryan is the co-editor of 9/11 Studies and a whistleblower from Underwriters Laboratories. He has contributed to many books and scientific articles on the subject of 9/11, and has made presentations around the U.S. and Canada. He has appeared on National Public Radio, Air America Radio, Pacifica Radio, C-SPAN Book TV, and Colorado Public Television.” Kevin Ryan’s blog is titled “Dig Within”.

Related links from N CA 9/11 Truth Alliance member, singer-songwriter Vic Sadot

BERKELEY CALLING ReBlogs Kevin Ryan at “Dig Within” Blog “NOAM CHOMSKY AND THE WILLFUL IGNORANCE OF 9/11” 

Vic Sadot Music Report: Noam Chomsky & 9/11 “BLOWBACK OR BLOODY TREASON” Questions – “NOAM CHOMSKY & The WILLFUL IGNORANCE OF 9/11”. Kevin Ryan responds to recent Chomsky remarks in Florida ridiculing Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth as a “tiny” group. Vic Sadot Music Report aimed a Broadside Ballad at Chomsky with a post of the BLOWBACK OR BLOODY TREASON music video from  TRUTH TROUBADOUR YouTube Channel featured in the post on the Kevin Ryan exposé of Noam Chomsky’s specious complaints about people who continue to look into 9/11 and demand accountability.

9/11 Truth Film Festival 2012 – An Exploration of Deep Events

2012 9/11 Truth Film Festival

Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
September 11
2:00 PM – 11:00 PM

9/11 was the most audacious false flag of all time, but it also fits into a long historical pattern of what this year’s film festival’s featured speaker Peter Dale Scott has termed “deep events”. Scott defines deep events as those that are “systematically ignored or falsified in the mainstream media and public consciousness.”

At our eighth annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival we will explore deep events related to 9/11, such as the Oklahoma City Murrah building bombing of 1995, revealed in the new film A Noble Lie. One of the film’s producers, Chris Emery, will be joining us to introduce the film.

We will examine questions regarding the perpetrators of tragedies such as 9/11 and Oklahoma City in the new film Fishead, which not only explores the roles of high functioning psychopaths in our governmental and corporate institutions, but also illuminates paths to solutions.

And as we have done in all our annual 9/11 film festivals, we will feature the latest 9/11 films, including highlights from The Toronto Hearings on 9/11 – Uncovering Ten Years of Deception, a DVD that documents the speakers from last year’s historic event; and the most recent, shorter version of AE 9/11 Truth‘s remarkable new film 9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out.

9/11 Truth author Mark Gaffney will be joining us to present evidence from his new book Black 9/11 – Money, Motive, and Technology. Mark is also the author of The 9/11 Mystery Plane – And the Vanishing of America.

Professors Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff of Project Censored will join us again to look at the mainstream corporate media’s role in covering up deep events and marginalizing those that work to expose them.

We are again honored to have Bonnie Faulkner of Guns and Butter, serving as MC. Guns and Butter airs on KPFA 94.1 every Wednesday at 1:00 PM.

The 9/11 Truth Film Festival will be held once again at the historic Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland, 94610. The film festival is produced by the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance – www.SF911Truth.org.

The Truth is not Enough: How to overcome emotional barriers to 9/11 truth

The Truth is not Enough: How to overcome emotional barriers to 9/11 truth

by Ken Jenkins
May 1, 2009

How many times has this happened to you? You are explaining to someone some of the rational, logical reasons why the official story of 9/11 can’t be true, perhaps explaining how WTC 7 fell in the exact manner of a professionally planned controlled demolition — a job which would typically take weeks to prepare — when out comes a ‘thought stopper’ phrase like:

“That’s just another conspiracy theory!” or …

“Do you also believe in Big Foot and tin foil hats?”

Or perhaps the person gets angry and/or agitated. Facts no longer matter at that point, and you can tell the person does not want to hear any more. For example, the following response came from someone after they were given a 20-minute summary of 9/11 Truth information:

“I wouldn’t believe that, even if it were true!”

That reaction defies all logic and reason. But it clearly illustrates just how irrational some peoples’ defenses can be. Here are a few more honest responses/defenses:

“As long as my wife and kids are fine and we can live the life style we have, the truth is, I don’t really care what happened on 9/11.”
“I would not want to live in a world where such a thing could be true.”
“You can’t expect someone to listen to information that turns their world upside down.”
“I’m not sure I want to know. If this is true, then up would be down and down would be up. My life would never be the same.”
“Look, I have to admit that I seriously resist anyone messing with my worldview!”

Why So Much Resistance to 9/11 Truth?

Such reactions are emotionally based. 9/11 is a very emotionally charged issue. The source of the denial and resistance is FEAR. The implications of 9/11 Truth are very scary for most people to take in. Given that a part of our government’s job description is keeping its citizens safe, it’s terrifying to consider that a secret rogue part of our government will do just the opposite — mass murder those very citizens, in order to advance dark agendas — like wars for corporate empire. To further consider that associated ‘secret teams’ would then put out corporate media cover-up stories, in the form of an elaborate fantasy story backed up with planted evidence, and to think that story was nearly universally accepted without question — this is the stuff of nightmares.

Then there is the difficulty of accepting the self-image shattering realization that we were duped by such cover story lies. 9/11 Truth suggests a very uncomfortable and disturbing worldview, especially to those new to such concepts. The intensity of fear brought up by these vast implications causes defence mechanisms to take over our rational thought processes. Such denial most often overrides rationality.

What’s a 9/11 Truth Activist To Do?

How can we overcome such powerful denial? What knowledge about these emotional barriers can empower us to be more effective in reaching larger numbers of our fellow citizens?

Start out by asking questions to find out what the person you are addressing currently thinks and feels about the 9/11 Truth message. Adjust your approach based on what you hear. Based on their responses, reach out and connect though empathy, to express to them an understanding of their difficult position. It’s not that hard to do — after all, most of us went through a similar process of conversion at some point, when we were in denial and uninformed about 9/11. Let them know about your own doubts, how you had a difficult time believing that the official story was false. Explain how upsetting it was for you to consider the alternative — those very inconvenient truths. Even for those of us who were not upset by the idea of 9/11 being an inside job, there was often a difficulty in wrapping our heads around the enormity of it all. Talk about your own difficulties in rejecting the official story.

Reasons for Resistance to the Truth

There are a number of valid reasons why many of us resist the truth of 9/11. What follows are some major ones.

A. The Big Lie: I’ll start with the ‘Big Lie’ because it was the main barrier that kept me from fully accepting the truth of 9/11 as I was researching it in the weeks after the event. The sheer audacity of pulling off something so outrageous in broad daylight, thinking they would get away with it, and the large scale of it all kept me doubting for weeks. My turning point was learning about what really happened at Pearl Harbor — the many warnings that were ignored, the Japanese secret codes that the US had broken, etc. This new understanding, that the attack on Pearl Harbor was clearly allowed to happen, was what finally had me fully accept 9/11 Truth. The comparable number that were deliberately mass murdered, the scale of the event, the audacity, and the 60 years of largely successful cover-up all showed me that a Big Lie had happened before, and worked to fool most of the public, and not all that long ago. It was only later I discovered these quotes:

“The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” ~ J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI

“The masses indulge in petty falsehoods every day, but it would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths. … The bigger the lie, therefore, the likelier it is to be believed.” ~ Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

B. Major Paradigm Shift: Questioning the official story of 9/11 threatens the foundations of our society, or at least seems to. It challenges our fellow citizens’ belief systems regarding the nature of our government, and even the very nature of our nation. Such questioning is far more profound than, say, questioning a war. Accepting the truth of 9/11 is, for many, a major paradigm shift, an inverting of their worldview. Such shifts risk a period of chaos and uncertainty, which many find scary.

C. Blind Nationalist Faith: 9/11 Truth is a confrontation with the self-image that many Americans have — of their country and of themselves. The self-image Americans have been sold though our school systems and media is that we are the exceptional nation, the good guys wearing the white hats, the bringers of democracy and freedom. Such nationalistic faith can exceed religious faith in its dogmatic blindness. David Ray Griffin has an article on this subject elsewhere in this issue. [See article ps. XX-XX] and, Dr. Griffin also addresses these issues in a DVD titled “9/11 and Nationalist Faith.”

D. Projecting Parental Duties on Authorities: In his book As If We Were Grownups, author Jeff Golden’s thoughtful assertion is that,“We consistently elect [political] candidates who tell us what children would want to hear. Children want to hear that everything is okay, that little is required of them, that they can go out and play or watch TV, and that they’ll be taken care of and protected. In exchange, they are expected to be seen and not heard, to pay their taxes, to take their flu shots, and to not question the authorities.”

E. Admission of Gullibility: Anyone we are introducing 9/11 Truth to now has believed the official story for years. To accept 9/11 Truth they have to admit they were duped, deceived, and manipulated for all that time. That brings up questions of gullibility, naïveté, lack of perceptiveness, obliviousness, etc. Most of us have resistance to admitting such shortcomings. Astronomer Carl Sagan sums it up nicely:

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge — even to ourselves — that we’ve been so credulous [i.e. gullible].”

F. The Rabbit Hole Effect — Wider Implications: To believe 9/11 Truth, one also has to believe many other difficult truths, such as:

  • Parts of our corporate media must be incredibly corrupt to be complicit in such a massive cover-up;
  • There must be a powerful, secret, hidden government that is capable of planning and executing such a horrible and unthinkable act;
  • Some of our leaders are more corrupt and malicious than most of us would want to believe.

But one has only to remember the words of philosopher and statesman, Edmund Burke, to understand how corruption tends to prosper especially in good times:
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

G. Apathy and Complacency: Radio talk show host Mike Rivero sheds some light on why so many people are apathetic and complacent about changing their beliefs:

“Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one’s self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all.”

H. PTSD — Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: 9/11 was first and foremost a psyop, shorthand for a Psychological Operation. It is a term used by secret services like the CIA to describe a class of operations that are intended to manipulate the emotions of populations; it is a form of mind control.
The specific intention of 9/11 was to terrorize the American people into supporting the so-called “war on terror,” which is a replacement for the cold war’s “war on communism.” It’s a blank check for the US government and the American military-industrial-complex to attack anyone, anywhere they want, anytime they want — to support the empire.

The psyop initially worked for a vast majority of US citizens, and for many, it is still working.

The terror that so many felt during and after the attacks left many people, particularly in New York City, with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder — PTSD. To revisit those events, as is necessary to expose the truth of 9/11, can retrigger that stress and add to the other discomforts that are already intrinsic to that same truth we are revealing. The desire to minimize re-experiencing that trauma causes people to back away. We need to go easy on those who exhibit such stress.

I. Lack of Knowledge of Historical Parallels or Patterns: While not strictly an emotional issue, the ignorance most people have about the many false flag events used to justify wars throughout history also has a psychological component. Our ability to conceptualize new information is dependent on having a frame of reference, that is, already knowing something similar, in order to be able to anchor a new thought. The lack of such historical reference points, therefore, can be yet another source of resistance. This blockage is perhaps the easiest one to deal with — by educating people about the long history of false flag events used for triggering wars.

The Awakening Will Take Time

These are most of the major reasons why so many people resist 9/11 Truth. By understanding them, we can meet people with empathy and understanding, and have more patience with them. Patience is so important because for most, awakening to 9/11 Truth is a gradual process, often taking weeks, months, or even years. In light of that, try to be sensitive when presenting evidence, so as to notice when a person is ‘full’ — when they have heard enough for the moment, and need space to digest and absorb the new, and often, disturbing concepts.

The good news is that with all that is happening now in our post-9/11 world, particularly with the public knowledge of the lies about WMDs and Saddam being linked to al Qaeda and 9/11 that led us into war with Iraq, people’s minds are opening wider every day. More and more people are waking up to the degree of corruption and deception that is routine in our government. Every day they learn more about how the corporate media have been complicit in lies and cover-ups. Trust in such corporate and governmental institutions is now at an all time low, and dropping. This makes people far more open to the 9/11 Truth message. In a very real sense, our job is getting easier.

The truth alone is not enough, but the truth plus strategic thinking, planning and educating is enough to convince most fence-sitters. As David Hutton, author of The Change Agents’ Handbook, says: “You do not have to spend a lot of time and effort on those who strongly resist change. You only have to help and protect those who want to change.” Understanding the various emotional obstacles is an essential part of such a strategy.

It’s been over seven years for some of us who have been working to expose the truth about 9/11. It will likely take several more years, but we will win — as long as we work smart and don’t give up. The truth will be revealed, and the resultant awakening will lead to the kind of deep changes that are so necessary to create a more positive future.

Jon Gold, 9/11 Truther: A Movement Memoir with Broader Implications

Review Essay

A Movement Memoir with Broader Implications

Jon Gold, 9/11 Truther: The Fight for Peace, Justice and Accountability.
Foreword by Cindy Sheehan. ePublishPartners.com, 2012.

9/11 Truther is a significant book because it both renders leading personalities in the movement and also, at its best, displays wide, well researched knowledge of many key issues. By March, 2012, this new book had risen to #15 in Practical Politics at Amazon.

As one of the first 9/11 memoirs, 9/11 Truther takes readers into the life of an activist, now 40, who’s been an important player on the East Coast and in the blogosphere. Jon Gold went to Hebrew school and took his Bar Mitzvah. Later, as he moved into “calling out” people he believed were hurting the movement with their wild speculations, Gold encountered vicious anti-Semitism. Consequences included high blood pressure, chronic depression, and, later, panic attacks (pp. 112-115). The book does not, however, explore broader questions of anti-Semitism in the 9/11 movement.

The first few dozen pages recount how Gold got into drugs, attempted suicide, and joined narcotics anonymous. Though the first 55 pages or so could strike readers as largely, perhaps overly autobiographical, they do capture key moments in the movement.

Unlike some “truthers,” Gold doesn’t claim to have “woken up” right away, almost before the smoke had cleared. After 9/11, he worked as a web developer and did the “patriotic” things, placing a small American flag on the company website.

Gold’s Entry into the Truth Movement

By 2004, however, questions were piling up, eroding Gold’s belief in the Official Story. When he watched Kyle Hence of Citizens Watch question the 9/11 Commission findings on C-SPAN, he felt immediate resonance: “They were asking many of the same questions I had been asking.” In an intense moment of self-confrontation, he felt “abused by the media and by the government. I [had] openly advocated killing people because of the lies I was told.”

The next year, led by 9/11 widows Lorie Van Auken, Patty Cazzara, Mindy Kleinberg and Monica Gabrielle, a group of family members issued a statement questioning the “entire veracity of the 9/11 Report.” Along with bereaved father Bob McIlvaine, they mounted a cogent challenge to the corporate media which had uncritically accepted the Report. But the news media continued to afford scant coverage to their challenge. Two years later, Gold attended a preview of “Press for Truth,” which he believes is the “most important documentary of our age,” but which received almost no media coverage at the time. Nor has it received much since.

Inspired by Jenna Orkin, an outspoken health-issue activist, and also moved by compassion, Gold became especially concerned with the health problems caused by the environmental conditions in Lower Manhattan, especially on “the Pile” (pp. 49ff). He raised $3,000 for first responders, some of whom were becoming seriously ill by this time. Gold received an award as Honorary Director of the FealGood Foundation, and this, he feels, was “the greatest moment of my life.” At a benefit for first responders on the sixth anniversary of the attacks, Gold introduced injured responder John Feal and later met actor Daniel Sunjata, star of the TV show “Rescue Me.”

Concerns over Movement Ethics and Tactics

By 2006, Gold had come under the influence of Paul Thompson and his amazing research project, historycommons.org. Because of Gold’s affinity for this approach and his closeness to the families of victims, Gold became concerned that “too much emphasis was being placed on the physical aspects of 9/11.” (This extended the perspectives of Michael Ruppert who, several years before, had rejected the utility of physical evidence). In contrast, Gold was impressed with the “Eleventh Day”-of-the-month street actions popularized by Cosmos, a Bay Area activist. Although Gold believes that “no better action [has been] devised for this cause” (p. 55), he doesn’t say why.

In 2008, increasingly concerned that the corporate media were refusing to cover 9/11 critique, Gold made a series of ten videos about different 9/11 family members. (These are available at 911Truth.org). Throughout his subsequent years as a 9/11 activist, Gold has made extensive use of his talents as a designer. Though he claims “I’m a regular, everyday person who’s paying attention and trying to make a difference,” he’s obviously a very bright fellow who’s devoted many years to learning in service of the cause.

Also in 2008, Gold, Nicholas Levis and 9/11 family member Donna Marsh O’Connor brought forth a “Declaration of Standards and Strategies for 9/11 Truth” (pp. 69ff). They called for “awareness of public perception and the need for strategic and responsible promotion and presentation,” a “commitment to build credibility and constructive alliances with the peace movement” and “adherence to the scientific method and journalistic standards, with a focus on facts, substance, and sources.”

Not surprisingly, Gold expressed his concerns about extravagant claims, such as Judy Wood’s belief that beams from space had brought down the Towers, or conspiracy mongering, which he felt characterized the statements of Alex Jones and WeAreChange. Somewhat more surprisingly, by mid-decade Gold had concluded that belief in controlled demolition was becoming a kind of cultish litmus test (p. 105). Gold cautioned not only against “speculative theories” but also against “disruptive behavior” (within the movement). He also called for “self critique”; in a prophetic call to action, he pointed out “we can’t sit on websites arguing whose theory is right or wrong until this issue disappears into the ether” (p. 88).

Though the Declaration’s calls were much needed, most of them went unheeded. Sadly, some “fringe” elements saw them as attempts to silence them, so the injunctions themselves became divisive. Thus Gold seems to represent a large class of 9/11 activists who have insisted on grounded facts and logical arguments, only to be marginalized by the news media and pummeled by those favoring “flights of fancy.” He continues this internal critique today, often challenging the selection of speakers prone to sensationalism.

A Growing Acrimony and Aversion to Science                                                                

Since 2011, Gold has also indulged his disdain for scientific analysis of the buildings, even to the point of repeatedly blaming Richard Gage for the decline of the truth movement (TruthAction.org: 6/02/11, 6/18/11, 10/19/11, 2/21/12). At their worst, these attacks have struck a tone that’s not only vulgar but full of self-pity: “I’ve only wasted a decade of my life on this, only to have it thrown under a bus by ASSHOLES… Given up my life, my friends, my health . . . for this” (see: truthaction.org). Sure, especially when those posting can hide behind code names, internet “chats” often become histrionic, but…

The tirades against Richard Gage are not only bitter and vulgar; they’re usually false. Rather than sinking the movement, Gage’s Architects and Engineers have demonstrably helped to keep it afloat. If AE has a problem, it’s probably not that it’s excessively scientific, but that it’s sometimes not sufficiently so. While Gold once represented a conscientious commitment to truth telling, in the past year he’s seemingly moved toward irrational, disruptive personal attacks.

Connecting with Sheehan and the Peace Movement

Again, it wasn’t always this way. Earlier, Gold had made significant efforts to work with the peace movement. In 2009, he met Cindy Sheehan and became involved with “Peace of the Action,” based on “putting bodies on the gears of the machine to stop this empire.” His work with Sheehan continued into 2010, when her efforts evolved into Camp OUT NOW at the Washington Monument and a demonstration using false coffins (p. 80).

Exhaustion and disillusionment were becoming evident. The Sizzlin’ Summer Protests, an extension of the Camp, were “such a disappointment to us when no one showed up.” In 2009 and 2010, Gold also worked with NYCCAN (New York City Coalition for Accountability Now); when, later that year, this initiative also failed, it “was the ‘last straw’ for me” (p.74).

Much more recently, Gold seems interested in revisiting questions of the movement’s rhetoric and persona. In her Foreword, Sheehan recalls that

The most prevalent of these people who bombarded me, though, were the 9/11 ‘Truthers.’ I was harassed all over the world by them and I swear if one more person asked me if I saw ‘Loose Change’ I was going to forget my pacifism and punch him (it was always a him) in the face. The sad thing about this harassment was that I never believed the so-called official story of 9/11 and would have tended to be an ally to these people, but they were so rude and pushy. And, I didn’t feel that I had the time or the inclination to wade through the stacks of information that they tried to force on me …. I left a lot of that material in cabs or garbage cans.

The implication is that Jon Gold was one of the few “truthers” who favorably impressed Sheehan—and that he, perhaps more than any other individual, helped to bring her into the truth movement. Readers might like to know how he succeeded after so many others had failed.

Gold’s Orientation to Real-Life Issues

When Gold urged that we let “the facts speak for themselves” (pp. 131ff), he typically means grounded journalistic research such as that done by Paul Thompson and others at historycommons.org. Gold clearly favors foreknowledge arguments pointing to government involvement; thus we’re not surprised when he links to a network story (MSNBC 9/9/01) revealing that the Bush administration was planning an attack on Afghanistan. Gold also provides solid information on the CIA’s Office of Technical Services, which made an Osama bin Laden propaganda video. The book also contributes valuable research on the suspicious spike in insider trading just before the attacks (pp. 157, 160-62) and on the profits made on War on Terror (pp. 176-77).

Though Gold is also well versed on Philip Shenon’s The Commisson, he does not provide much critique of that book. His strongest affinity is with whistleblowers, particularly those associated with families of the victims who were ignored by the Commission. His interest in foreknowledge also leads him to retell the story of the Israelis seen dancing for joy on the roof of an Urban Moving Systems van (pp. 147ff). The van’s location, in Liberty State Park just across the Hudson from the stricken Towers, was also telling. Five Israelis were arrested but soon released and allowed to leave the country. Just three days later, on 9/14/01, the owner of the company fled to Israel. The fact that Gold is Jewish should counter potential suspicion of anti-Semitism when he discusses likely Israeli/Mossad involvement. It has not, however, kept him from being slandered as a government agent.

The final section of 9/11 Truther, Random Articles from Over the Years, is sometimes repetitive and less compelling. In addition, the book would be a better if it had an index. Overall, though, it’s an important retrospective that will encourage many activists to introspect on where they’ve been and where they need to go.

Paul W. Rea, PhD, is the author of Mounting Evidence (2011). More on movement players, plus a very complete bibliography on 9/11, are available at mountingevidence.org