Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2002 21:09:08 -0400 From: Aaron Koleszar <•••@••.•••> Forwarded From: Terry Burrows <•••@••.•••> 911 Inquiry Movement Growing > -Terry Burrows, Toronto, Canada > January 12/2002 > > > Civil Society's Greatest Setback > The greatest setback civil society suffered in 2001 was having to let the US government get clean away with the official cover story about what really happened on 911. > Given the dreadful trauma and pain of the circumstances this was agonisingly unavoidable. > But the consequence was the impossibility of stopping all the horrors that flowed out of it - the surprisingly well-prepared military aggression abroad and the suspiciously rapidly-legislated attacks on democratic rights at home. > The 911 event completely suppressed the surging anti-corporate globalisation movement which after Genoa (July 2001) was gaining real strength, and civil society activists have still to recover their momentum. > But since the new year there are encouraging early signs of a growing comeback. > Beginning most importantly in America itself, increasing demands for answers to obvious questions about suspicious security and defense failures that allowed the 911 attacks to be carried out are now reaching political visib- ility. This is happening in spite of the corporate media's propaganda hammer -lock on promoting the official cover story and continuing to manipulate people within it. > > 911 Inquiry Movement Growing on Internet > > One of the major internet media outlets allowing a forum for the development and dissemination of questioning discussion about what really happened on 911 has been www.rense.com, the web site of alternative radio talk show host Jeff Rense whose daily three hour program is heard by millions around the world. This site hosts a unique alternative news service which I thoroughly recommend you follow every day as I do, if for nothing else than to follow this important unfolding issue. > > There are now many websites where the disturbing questions and demands for their answers are being aired. One which has come into prominence is that of longtime US CIA critic Michael Ruppert in Sherman Oaks, CA, www.copvcia.c om. As you can read at > > http://www.copvcia.com/stories/dec_2001/portland.html > > 1,000 Turn Out In Oregon to Hear Mike Ruppert Expose Government Complicity in the WTC, Pentagon Attacks > "From The Wilderness, December 5, 2001 - On November 28th an estimated 1,000 people came from as far away as Seattle and San Francisco to Portland State University to see FTW Publisher/Editor Mike Ruppert give a 2 ½ hour lecture and documentary presentation on the events surrounding the September 11th attacks and their aftermath. Starting with an offer of $1,000 to any one who could show that any of the sources he cited were not authentic or misrepresented, Ruppert launched into a display of more than 40 visual exhibits showing government complicity in and foreknowledge of the attacks." > > Another comprehensive analysis of major difficulties with the official explanation of the events of 911 (of many like it now available) entitled "Sept 11- Bush and Cheney Were Involved" can be found at > > http://ontario.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_idX62&group=webcast > Ruppert Coming to Toronto; Upcoming Local Radio Interview > > Michael Ruppert is coming to Toronto under the auspices of a local private seminar company to present his material to our community on January 17th (6 :00 - 10:00 pm) and January 19th, 2002 (1:00 - 5:00 pm) at the University of Toronto, Medical Sciences Building (Bldg. 5). Admission: $30.00; Students $15.00. (CALL 416.259.2829 or •••@••.••• for more information). > > You can also hear Michael Ruppert on local Toronto radio before the seminar He is scheduled on the NIGHTSIDE SHOW, hosted by Richard Syrett on CFRB AM 1010 at 11:30pm to 1:00 am ET- on Sunday night January 13 /2002. You can catch the webcast via the "Listen Live" link at http://www.cfrb.com/. > > San Francisco March to Demand Official 911 Inquiry > > Other encouraging developments include as announced January 8/2002 on > http://www.rense.com/general18/march.htm > > San Francisco March To Demand Congressional Inquiry Of 911 > •••@••.••• > 650-857-0927 > > "Tuesday, January 8th, 2002, at noon at Justin Herman Plaza, people will ga ther to march up Market Street to the office of Senator Feinstein (at Post St.) where a delegation will meet with the Senator's staff to raise their c oncerns over the "War on Terrorism." They will demand that the Senate launc h an inquiry or hearings of the events of 9-11, and the U.S. government's i nternational and domestic response." > > A wonderfully encouraging report of this march and the presentations made t o Senators Feinstein and Boxer's staff that day is available at > http://www.communitycurrency.org/9-11.html > which enumerates a comprehensive list of the questions the people demand to be answered about 911 and its aftermath at a top level official inquiry. > > > WTC Firefighter Heroes Call for 911 Investigation > > Of particular interest in view of the San Francisco march is the recent (Ja nuary 2002) publication in New York of an editorial in Fire Engineering Mag azine entitled > > "Burning Questions...Need Answers": FE's Bill Manning Calls for Comprehensi ve Investigation of WTC Collapse > > http://fe.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?Section=OnlineArticles &SubSectionÏsplay&PUBLICATION_ID%&ARTICLE_ID1225 > > "Fair Lawn, NJ, January 4, 2002 - Bill Manning, Fire Engineering's editor i n chief, is summoning members of the fire service to "A Call to Action." In his January 2002 Editor's Opinion, "$elling Out the Investigation" (below) , he warns that unless there is a full-blown investigation by an independen t panel established solely for that purpose, "the World Trade Center fire a nd collapse will amount to paper- and computer-generated hypotheticals." Ma nning explained: "Clearly, there are burning questions that need answers .. . The lessons about the buildings' design and behavior in this extraordina ry event must be learned and applied in the real world." > > "In an interview with the New York Daily News today > (http://www.nydailynews.com/2002-01-04/News_and_Views/City_Beat/a-137143.as p?las%20t6days) "Firefighter Mag Raps 9/11 Probe," Friday January 04, 2 002), Manning reiterated his call for a "full-throttle, fully resourced" in vestigation into the collapse of the World Trade Center. He is asking membe rs of the fire service to read "WTC 'Investigation'? A Call to Action" in t he January 2002 issue of Fire Engineering at www.fireengineering.com and t o contact their representatives in Congress and officials in Washington to ask that a blue ribbon panel be convened to thoroughly investigate the WTC collapse." > > Online Petition for 911 Investigation Gathering Signatures Rapidly, Already #13 > > Started only recently and already number 13 in the top 25 petitions on http ://www.petitiononline.com (millions of signatures collected, thousands of active petitions), A Petition to the Senate to Investigate Oddities Invol ving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks at http://www.petitiononline.com/11601TFS/petition.html has (as of Jan.12/2002) 3200 total signatures which can be view ed at the link on the above page "The Undersigned". Signatures are accumula ting at a rate of hundreds per day. > > "We, the undersigned, do hereby petition the Senate of the United States of America to thoroughly investigate the events surrounding the acts of terro rism that transpired in the United States on September 11, 2001. Such an in vestigation would include research into the following peculiarities relatin g to the terrorist attacks on the United States on 9/11": (see the 12 major questions on the petition). > > Please go and sign this petition and add your voice to the call. > > "Just Conspiracy Theories"? > > A major resistance people have to examining these questions is that they ar e "just conspiracy theories." Also, because the implications of even askin g them are so profoundly disturbing to our assumption of implicit trust bet ween government and the governed, it is considered somehow unpatriotic to do so. > > But as famed US foreign policy and media analyst/critic Noam Chomsky has sa id, the phrase "conspiracy theories" is usually used as a weapon to discour age institutional analysis and the asking of awkward questions. > > But patriotism and democracy are not honoured by secrecy and deception. > > It needs to be emphasised that what are being put here are questions, not a ccusations, questions which given the gravity of the matter are not only qu ite appropriate but urgent to ask and to demand satisfactory and verifiable answers. > > What would be truly unpatriotic would be to fail in our duty of citizenship by failing to ask them at all. > > High Stakes > > The stakes could not be higher. > > The 911 attacks were used by governments as a pretext to justify waging war against one of the poorest countries in the world, repressing every major civil liberty won since the Magna Carta, killing all opposition to multinat ional corporations' complete domination of the world and accelerating the g lobal dictatorship of the New World Order. > > Yet no realistic questioning of how and why the horrific events of that awf ul day could have possibly happened has been publicly allowed for. Truth, d emocracy and truly honouring the disaster's victims demand that this change > > If a proper investigation shows in any way that the pretext for the actions governments have taken since September 11 was not legitimate then all thos e actions can be challenged as being also illegitimate and justifiably dema nded to be reversed and made reparation for. > > As one editorial writer put it, "the least likely explanation of September 11 is the official one: that dozens of Islamic fundamentalists, many with k nown ties to Osama bin Laden, were able to carry out a wide-ranging conspir acy on three continents, targeting the most prominent symbols of American p ower, without any US intelligence agency having the slightest idea of what they were doing." (US planned War In Afghanistan Long Before September 11, Patrick Martin, •••@••.•••, 11-20-01, > http://www.rense.com/general17/spp.htm) > > > Action > > I encourage you to investigate the links given, listen to Michael Ruppert on CFRB AM 1010 Toronto 11:30 p.m. January 13/2002 either locally or on the web, attend his seminar in Toronto if you can or in some subsequent city a nd to support the growing international movement to demand a full inquiry a t the highest democratic level into how and why the terrible events of 911 could possibly have been allowed to take place. > > Go and sign the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/11601TFS/petition.html > and any other similar petition you can find or start yourself. > > Our democratic duty to honour the memory and sacrifice of our loved ones an d fellow citizens of the world lost in this appalling tragedy requires of u s nothing less.