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The Seekrs - The birth and life of the 9-11 Truth Movement
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The Seekers
The birth and life of the '9-11 Truth movement'

by Jarrett Murphy, Village Voice

Essentially, it's all about physics and common sense. Cut steel, and buildings fall. Crash a plane, and the Earth gets scarred. Fire a missile; see a hole. What's up must come down, cause makes effect, and for the truth to set you free, it must be freed itself.

It's dark in the basement of St. Mark's Church and dark outside on a mid-December Sunday night, but inside they have seen the light. Among the 100 or so people in the room, many wear buttons that read "9/11 Was An Inside Job." Others grip the vital texts in their hands`”Crossing the Rubicon, The New Pearl Harbor, or 9/11 Synthetic Terror. Most in the largely (but not exclusively) white and male crowd can quote you the important passages from "Rebuilding America's Defenses" or The 9/11 Commission Report. A few can guide you through the details of concepts like "peak oil" and pyroclastic flow. All of them suspect`”and a few simply know`”that their government was somehow complicit in the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans four Septembers ago.

They are watching the new edition of Loose Change, a slick, witty documentary featuring a hip soundtrack and a rapid-fire assault on nearly every aspect of the "official" story of 9-11. The work of 22-year-old filmmaker Dylan Avery, Loose Change came out last year to take its place in a growing library of DVDs that 9-11 skeptics can own: Painful Deceptions, Confronting the Evidence, 911 in Plane Site, 9-11 Eyewitness. Shown in similar gatherings around the country and passed among likeminded friends, the films are what tie together the disparate ends of what many of its members call the "9-11 Truth movement." They unite Luke Rudkowski, an earnest Brooklyn College freshman, with David Ray Griffin, a California theologian who wrote The New Pearl Harbor. They link Les Jamieson, a web designer and coordinator for New York 9-11 Truth, with multimillionaire Jimmy Walter, dreamer of car-free, self-sustaining cities. And they bind a FDNY lieutenant attending his first Truth movement meeting with Michael Ruppert, the Crossing the Rubicon author who blames a fiancee's CIA-and-Mafia-linked drug running and arms dealing for helping to drive him out of the LAPD two decades ago.

It's easy to dismiss the odd characters. It's harder to ignore the regular guys in the room, or the polls showing that 49 percent of New York City residents believe the government knew about 9-11 before it happened, or the rock-solid certainty of these supposed doubters. "I'd love to be proven wrong. I would love for someone to come to me and say I'm full of shit. It hasn't happened," says Avery. "I have scientists on my side. There's so much evidence supporting my side, and the government's side has nothing."

Its name notwithstanding, the 9-11 Truth movement tells a story`”and is a story`”about what happens when the government lies. Again, it's simple physics: For every action, there's a reaction equal and opposite.



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Everyone has a September 11 tale about how we watched the events in "disbelief." But some people really didn't believe, and in the immediate aftermath of the attacks their doubts took form on the Internet on sites like serendipity.li, plaguepuppy.net, and Killtown. "They were a group of conditioned conspiracy theorists who have been around since JFK and before," says Steve Ferdman, now a 22-year-old marketing major at the New York Institute of Technology, who joined the Truth movement well after the attacks. "They knew how to get the ball rolling immediately. The moment it happened, the conspiracy theories were flying."

It wasn't long before the theories made it to Internet radio`”and to shows like The Power Hour. Host Dave vonKleist was no stranger to telling alternate stories: His wife was an early Gulf War illness activist, they fled Houston ahead of Y2K, and his three-hour show deals with subjects like depleted uranium and vaccine fears. On 9-11, he recalls, "I got on and said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, this is Dave and before we even say good morning, run to your VCR and start taping. America is under attack.' " As he sat glued to the TV that day, he grew suspicious when the networks went to the file footage of the tall Arab with the gun. "They were still talking about what kind of plane hit," he says, "but they sure as hell knew that Osama did it, and I said, 'Wait a minute.' " These doubts lay dormant for months until vonKleist happened upon Hunt the Boeing, a French website. France was an incubator for many 9-11 doubts. Thierry Meyssan's 2002 book L'Effroyable Imposture (The Horrifying Fraud) spawned deeper inquiries, including vonKleist's film 911 in Plane Site.

While the Pentagon story attracted people because so little was seen or known about that attack, the demise of the World Trade Center was burned in collective memory. Eric Hufschmid, a software designer from Santa Barbara, took the attacks at face value on 9-11 and even mocked the nascent conspiracy theories. "Then I started looking at it," he tells the Voice. "It was obvious something was wrong at the towers. They looked like they'd been blown up." He began contacting engineering professors, asking them to look into it, but none did. So he took up the cause himself, penned the book Painful Questions in early 2002, and produced the companion movie, Painful Deceptions, a few months later.

Around the same time, Dylan Avery was completing a job as a helper on the construction of a new restaurant for James Gandolfini. He tended bar at the opening party, and when he got a few minutes alone with the Sopranos actor, he said he'd thought he might like to direct films. "James said, 'If you want to be a successful director, you've got to have something you want to say to the whole world,' " Avery remembers. He set out to write a fictional story about discovering that 9-11 was an inside job. "Upon researching the movie, I began to think maybe it was true," he says.

The movement's momentum picked up in 2004 as George W. Bush sought re-election, the 9-11 Commission finished its work, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology issued preliminary findings on the building collapses. Members petitioned New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer to convene a grand jury on the attacks. New figures emerged, like Kevin Ryan, a scientist at the testing firm that certified the steel used in the twin towers, who was fired after he wrote a letter to NIST faulting its findings, and William Rodriguez, a janitor at the twin towers credited with saving lives on 9-11.

Rodriguez has filed a federal RICO suit against Bush, the president's father and three brothers, the Republican National Committee, Alan Greenspan, Halliburton, several voting-machine companies, and others. He claims that the president and his administration participated in "approval and sponsorship of the 9-11 attacks, kidnapping, arson, murder, treason" in order to "obtain a 'blank check' to conduct wars of aggression, to consolidate economic and political power."

"The guilt of the defendants," the suit alleges, "is compellingly suggested by their myriad lies, their thwarting of any proper investigation, and their stonewalling and failure to truly cooperate even with the . . . Commission 'investigation.' "



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It is a matter of public record that the government did not always voluntarily tell the whole truth about 9-11. In the first days after the tragedy, the EPA said the air was safe (see "Truth Out," page 32). The Bush administration claimed there had been no warnings of the attacks. A congressional inquiry was prevented from discussing information the intelligence community provided to the White House. The White House resisted forming an independent commission, stalled on releasing documents, delayed in allowing Condoleezza Rice to testify in public, and agreed to let the president meet with the commission only on the conditions that there be no oath administered, no formal transcript made, and that Vice President Dick Cheney be at his side. Several members of the commission had to recuse themselves from parts of the probe because their government or private-sector careers posed conflicts. And in its final report, the commission punted on such questions as where the money for the attacks originated, dubbing that issue "of little practical significance." 

The long list of obfuscations and obstructions has helped the Truth movement attract sympathizers who don't buy the idea that the attacks were planned by the government. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia has taken up some of the movement's themes. Actor Ed Begley Jr. co-hosted a September 11, 2004, Truth event in New York because of his environmental concerns. "As to the other more fantastic theories about the events of 9-11, I don't care to comment, other than to say that they have raised some very interesting questions that I would love to see answered," Begley tells the Voice in an e-mail.

Another environmental activist, Jenna Orkin, also admires aspects of the movement but distances herself from others. "I think it's terribly important," she says, "to distinguish between the legitimate questions and the wackiness`”and the wackiness has contaminated the legitimate questions in a very destructive way."

Drawing that line has split the movement. Many Truth activists now dismiss the "pod theory" and its cousin "the flash," which contend that the planes that struck the towers had unusual shapes on their undersides that may have fired missiles. More maligned is the idea that no planes hit the towers`”that what we saw were drones or holograms. Even the no-planes-at-the- Pentagon theory divides Truth-ers.

Some alternative theorists avoid events involving the American Free Press, which has reported several of the vital pieces of the Truth story but has links to the neo-Nazi Barnes Review. And almost no one wants to talk about Jimmy Walter, whose money (he offered $1 million for proof that the towers fell because of the fires) helps but whose advocacy of a "no-punishment" society doesn't. The disputes aren't always friendly. VonKleist, a chief proponent of the pod theory, says the movement "has been heavily infiltrated." And Hufschmid labels most of the movement "part of the criminal movement that did the attack in the first place."

Internecine feuds are not uncommon among people who believe in conspiracies. Yet dubbing Truth movement members "conspiracy theorists" is inaccurate for two reasons. First, there's no doubt that 9-11 was a conspiracy`”the question is whether it was among Muslim terrorists or others. Second, many Truth-ers deny having any theory at all. They resist efforts to construct an alternative story of the crime.

"I cannot explain it. That is not my duty," says former German cabinet minister Andreas von B a leader of the 9-11 skeptics in Europe, in a recent Dutch documentary. VonKleist takes the same line. He doesn't theorize anything, he says. "I'm simply asking questions."

That sounds fair at first, only it isn't. The movement's questions imply a different version of the story, and the true test is whether that alternative is more or less plausible that the official one. By saying they're only checking facts, the Truth activists avoid having to address the weaknesses in their own yarn. Why do the "booms" at the trade center come several minutes before the "demolition"? Why would the government destroy WTC7 when no one knew or cared about it? What happened to the people on the planes?

Some skeptics, however, aren't shy. Fringe pol Lyndon LaRouche thinks the attacks were "an attempted military coup d'etat." Hufschmid says the Arab terrorists were patsies of several governments, including the U.S. and possibly Britain, France, Canada, and Israel. Ruppert, an adherent of the theory that oil reserves have peaked and that the petroleum-based economy is in great peril, postulates that 9-11 was a desperate effort by a couple dozen elites from the Clinton and Bush administrations to cling to dwindling energy supplies. His version stresses the links between the CIA and Wall Street and drug money, suspicion of the Secret Service, and a plot to rid the world of 4 billion people in order to reduce demand for petroleum.



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For passengers detraining at the PATH station and climbing the stairs to ground zero on a typical Saturday, the 9-11 Truth movement is hard to miss. There at the exit stand Jamieson, Rudkowski, and a few compatriots holding a large banner declaring "9/11 Was an Inside Job." Pamphlets are handed out, and some of the vital books of the Truth movement are at the ready if a passerby wishes to debate, which happens a couple times each week. A woman is labeling as "bullshit" the idea that the entire government was behind the plot. Jamieson shakes his head. "Not the entire government," he says. "Just a small faction."

It's cold, and some passersby laugh. It has not been easy, Rudkowski says, but he sees progress. "At first my family thought I was an idiot," he recalls. "Now they're just scared." Avery and vonKleist say they've each distributed some 50,000 copies of their respective movies, but the total number of people who've seen the films must be far larger, given how often they have been shown to groups small and large. At ground zero, in the church basement, and in interviews, Truth movement members are optimistic their crusade will go far. What is clear is that it will be difficult, if not impossible, for many of them to turn back. Once you believe that official sources cannot be trusted because they are part of the conspiracy, it becomes very difficult to accept any evidence to the contrary.

Take the August 6, 2001, Presidential Daily Brief: By forcing its release, the 9-11 Commission showed the world that the president knew something about heightened threats. But to Alex Jones, the anti-government radio host who thinks the FBI plotted the 1993 Trade Center bombing, the PDB episode was just a ploy to make the commission appear independent. When the Voice mentioned to Avery that a key firefighter witness denied ever saying there were "bombs" in the towers, and that San Francisco mayor Willie Brown's "foreknowledge" of the attack seemed to have been limited to something the State Department posted on its website, the director was unfazed. "It's just one piece of evidence," he said about the Brown warning.

He's not alone. Although the Truth movement is quick to seize upon shifts in the government's story, its own version has changed multiple times. Meyssan first said a truck bomb hit the Pentagon, then suggested a drone aircraft or cruise missile did. At first, skeptics said there was too little damage to the interior rings of the Pentagon for the building to have been struck by a 757; now, some say there was too much. The number of hijackers who are supposedly alive has risen and fallen over the years.

The key to understanding the Truth movement is to realize that its members do not lack faith in all institutions of the U.S. government. On the contrary, their theories rely on a healthy respect for the power and competence of air defense units, FBI agents, high-rise building designers, and others.

Why would Bush mistakenly say he'd seen the first plane strike on TV? How could the FBI miss so many leads? Is it plausible that the CIA ignored all those warnings? And after the purported multiple failures of the FAA and NORAD on 9-11, how come no one was fired?

It's odd. For a group of people who harbor so many doubts about the intentions of their own and other governments, the media, and fellow citizens, much of the Truth movement does not suspect for a moment that our defense spending has been a rip-off, that the FBI is a clumsy bureaucracy, that our spy agencies are deaf and dumb, and that our skyscrapers are not 100 percent safe. They do not seem worried that they could be unwitting partners in a more mundane conspiracy to obscure the limits of security and science. To the lies of the Bush administration, many in the Truth movement reply with stunning and familiar certainty. "I can't jump back to the other side," says Avery. "I know that what I'm doing is right."
 
Source:  Village Voice

Edit: as requested, fixed spelling error.
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Re: The Seekrs - The birth and life of the 9-11 Truth Movement
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2006, 08:54:26 AM »
Nice article.  Good to see the Truth Movement get some major pub.

And maybe some traction.

BTW, who are the Sekers?

(If you can't modify it, PM NOLAJBS and ask him to fix it.  He's cool)

Edit: fixed spelling error in title.
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To the web monitors:  You took an oath to the Constitution.  Why are you now subverting it?

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Re: The Seekrs - The birth and life of the 9-11 Truth Movement
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2007, 01:58:58 AM »
Here's the Wiki article on The Seekers

9/11 Truth Movement
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Part of a series on the:
9/11 Truth Movement
Articles
Participants and organizations

Conspiracy theories
Controlled demolition
 
Participants
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
Kevin Barrett
Robert M. Bowman
Andreas von Bülow
James Fetzer
David Ray Griffin
Sander Hicks
Jim Hoffman
Alex Jones
Steven E. Jones
Thierry Meyssan
William Rodriguez
Michael Ruppert
Peter Dale Scott
Webster G. Tarpley
Jimmy Walter
Barrie Zwicker
 
Organizations
9/11 Citizens Watch
Family Steering Committee
Jersey Girls
Scholars for 9/11 Truth
The 9/11 REcommission Report
 
Events
9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda Symposium
 
Films
9/11: Press for Truth
Dust to Dust: The Health Effects of 9/11
Loose Change
Fahrenheit 9/11
 
Books
9/11: The Big Lie
The CIA and September 11
The New Pearl Harbor
The Terror Timeline
The War on Freedom
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The 9/11 Truth Movement is a self-described collection of individuals, researchers and groups who question the governmental, mainstream scientific and media accounts of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The primary claims of the movement have been called a "conspiracy theory" by numerous critics who argue that, like many other conspiracy theories, proponents of such theories ignore or distort evidence that doesn't fit the theory and exploit every bit of unusual data as if every discovered anomaly somehow supports the conspiracy theory.

This movement is informal, decentralized and occasionally fractious; its members convene through the Internet and national and international conferences.[1][2]

Contents [hide]
1 Characteristics
2 History
2.1 Origin
2.2 Evolution
2.2.1 911Truth.org
2.2.2 Hispanic Victims Group
2.3 Meetings
2.3.1 September 9, 2004: "The 9-11 Citizens Commission"
2.3.2 June 2006: "9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda Symposium"
2.3.3 June 2006: "9/11: Revealing the Truth"
2.3.3.1 Mission Statement
2.3.4 Other meetings
3 Response
3.1 Response to response
4 Media coverage
5 See also
6 References
7 External links
 


[edit] Characteristics
The 9/11 Truth Movement embraces a political diversity of members, including "left", "right", pacifists, paleoconservatives, Greens, anarchists, and libertarians, but is typically representated by individuals distrustful of the federal government. The movement has received much attention from alternative media on the Internet, including talk-radio hosts like Alex Jones who has addressed the existence of the so-called Movement and some of the questions group members claim to be unanswered. Some of the questions asked by activists and researchers in the 9/11 Truth Movement were also put forth by the 9/11 Family Steering Committee [11] to the 9/11 Commission in the hopes they would be responded to during the public hearings. In fact, the 9/11 families were told by the 9/11 Commission that the 9/11 Family Steering Committee's questions would be used as a roadmap by the Commission, and would be answered in the final report. To the consternation of many in the Truth movement, many of those questions were allegedly not asked in either the hearings or in the Commission Report.[12]

While some group members maintain that the US government was intentionally negligent, allowing blame for 9/11 to remain on Muslim hijackers, others claim that the attacks were engineered by elements within the government, and not in fact by Arabs (with some claiming that thus the alleged Arab hijackers were, at most, patsies). These activists argue that the physical evidence of rapid falls of the three WTC skyscrapers could not have occurred as the result of aerial collisions and subsequent fires alone, though these arguments have not been widely shared in the civil engineering or scientific communities[citation needed]. Truth movement members Jim Hoffman and Steven E. Jones propose the concept that pre-planted explosives caused the collapses of the WTC towers - the Controlled demolition hypothesis for the collapse of the World Trade Center - suggesting that only insiders with full knowledge of the attacks could have gained access to and wired the buildings. However, to date their theories and arguments have not been published in any established, peer reviewed science journal, nor have they received much if any support in the scientific community. Although Jones has been criticized by his university for publicizing his claims before vetting them through the approved peer review process [13], he continues to remain a focus of public interest for his 9/11 research.

Movement members have produced such books as Webster Tarpley's 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA, David Ray Griffin's aforementioned The New Pearl Harbor, Crossing the Rubicon by Michael C. Ruppert, Inside Job by Jim Marrs, The Terror Timeline by "Paul Thompson", Painful Questions by Eric Hufschmid and The War on Freedom by Nafeez Ahmed. Some of the movement's popular videos have been "The Great Deception" and "The Great Conspiracy" by Barrie Zwicker, "Truth and Politics" and "9/11 and American Empire" by David Ray Griffin, "Loose Change" (2005), "9/11 Mysteries" (2006) and 9/11: Press for Truth (2006). In 2006 actor Charlie Sheen spoke out on the Alex Jones show in support of many of the allegations of the Truth movement and called for an independent investigation into the 9/11 attacks, an interview which was subsequently covered by CNN Showbiz Tonight.

The movement has received criticism from a variety of sources. MIT Engineering Professor Thomas W. Eagar states,

These people (in the 9/11 truth movement) use the 'reverse scientific method,'" Eagar said. "They determine what happened, throw out all the data that doesn't fit their conclusion, and then hail their findings as the only possible conclusion."[3]
On September 3, 2006: Time published a lead article, "Why the 9/11 Conspiracies Won't Go Away", noting that

The population of world No. 2 is larger than you might think. A Scripps-Howard poll of 1,010 adults last month found that 36% of Americans consider it "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that government officials either allowed the attacks to be carried out or carried out the attacks themselves. Thirty-six percent adds up to a lot of people. This is not a fringe phenomenon. It is a mainstream political reality.[4]

For more poll data see 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone has written that he has "two basic gripes with the 9/11 Truth movement:"

The first is that it gives supporters of Bush an excuse to dismiss critics of this administration. I have no doubt that every time one of those Loose Change dickwads opens his mouth, a Republican somewhere picks up five votes...Secondly, it's bad enough that people in this country think Tim LaHaye is a prophet and Sean Hannity is an objective newsman. But if large numbers of people in this country can swallow 9/11 conspiracy theory without puking, all hope is lost. [5]





[edit] History

[edit] Origin
Almost immediately after the terrorist attacks, some skepticism of the mainstream media account appeared.

The first book on the subject, 9/11 The Big Lie, was published in France in March 2002 by Thierry Meyssan, President of Voltaire Network. He emphasized purported anomalies in the photos of the Pentagon. His work has since been the subject of multiple critiques (including critiques written by prominent Truth Movement researchers), some of which allege that Meyssan's book is a form of misdirection.[14],[15], [16][17]).

Around the same time, Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth was published in France by Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, documenting media reports in publications like the Times of India that the US government had told numerous allies it was going to invade Afghanistan several months before 9/11. Up until 2004, Germany produced the largest number of books questioning the official 9/11 account; three of them, by Andreas von Bülow, Gerhard Wisnewski and Mathias Bröckers, were best-sellers, as were the aforementioned French works.

In June 2002, the group Unanswered Questions held an event [18] at the Washington National Press Club. Various officials and some 9/11 family members used the event to call for another investigation of the events of 9/11.

The first work in English was The War on Freedom [19] by Nafeez Ahmed in July 2002, emphasizing geopolitical motives, soon followed by Michel Chossudovsky's book, War and Globalization - The Truth Behind September 11th. In September 2002 Eric Hufschmid's Painful Questions was published, which promotes a controlled demolition thesis of the destruction of the WTC towers.

While these books inspired many activists of the 9/11 Truth Movement, others came to the movement via websites, e-mail and demonstrations. Indymedia websites, for example, also played a role in promoting the questioning of the mainstream media account of 9/11 early on. Canadian journalist Barrie Zwicker aired a series on Vision TV titled "The Great Deception" in January and February 2002, the first televised questioning of the common account that charged a deliberate effort to allow the attacks to happen via suppression of the normal air defense systems over New York and Washington.

Alex Jones predicted in July 2001 that the U.S. government would carry out terror within the next few months and so he credits himself with predicting the US Government would orchestrate the 9/11 Attacks and blame it on Bin Laden, or some other CIA asset.[6] The terror attacks would result in 4 million dead and lead to marshal law. Jones made those statements six weeks before the terrorist attacks and called his alerts Operation Expose The Government Terrorists. Thus, Jones been referred to as the progenitor of the movement.[7] Alex Jones had made many false claims of predictions in the past[8] including his prediction in August 2006 about terror attacks before the end of October 2006[9].

In 2002, Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-GA, became an icon of the movement when she questioned whether George Bush had foreknowledge of 9/11. In November 2003, the 911 Visibility Project held the first coordinated national activism protest for 9/11 truth activists. In March 2004, came the book The New Pearl Harbor by the academic and theologian David Ray Griffin, providing a methodical, deductive framework. In 2004, Michael C. Ruppert's Crossing the Rubicon was published, which identified potential key insider suspects in the 9/11 attacks and provide an examination of their context: petroleum, geopolitics, narco-traffic, intelligence and militarism. In 2005 Webster Tarpley's 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA described a link between 9/11 and previous accusations of false flag state-sponsored terrorism such as Gladio or the Red Brigades.


[edit] Evolution
On January 8, 2002 in San Francisco, a rally and march on Senator Dianne Feinstein's office took place to demand a Congressional Investigation of 9/11. A delegation of activists from peace and human rights organizations met with Senator Feinstein's and Senator Barbara Boxer's staffers and raised key questions about 9/11[20]. That month, President Bush and Vice President Cheney asked Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to limit the investigations to "intelligence failures."[21]

The 911 Visibility Project distributed thousands of STOP the 9-11 COVER-UP signs at the anti-war protests of March 20, 2004, which received national press exposure and served to kick start the national 9/11 Truth Movement. Also in March 2004, the first International Inquiry into 9/11 [22] was hosted in San Francisco, California, which brought together 9/11 researchers and activists from all over the world for presentations, dialog, and interviews.

To date, activists in the movement have distributed over 6 million "Deception Dollars" (an anti-Bush parody of the dollar bill that includes addresses of websites which claim to prove that 9/11 was an inside job). David Ray Griffin made an address on "9-11 and the American Empire", on April 18, 2005, which was broadcast on C-Span and distributed via radio, community access TV, DVD, and in print. Films have also provided a key method in disseminating information to the public for the 9/11 truth movement. Some of the more successful films have included Loose Change and 9/11: Press for Truth.

The 9/11 Truth Movement received more publicity in the fall of 2005, when former BYU Physics professor Steven E. Jones announced a paper describing his hypothesis that the WTC towers had been intentionally demolished by explosives. This paper garnered a small amount of mainstream media attention, including an appearance by Jones on MSNBC. This was the first such programming on a major cable news station. Jones has to date failed to get his paper published in any established, peer reviewed mainstream science journal, other than publictions produced by fellow Truth movement members. On September 7, 2006, Jones was placed on paid leave while his university reviewed the scientific basis of his work in this area.[10][11]

On May 16, 2006, the Department of Defense, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch, released more video of the Pentagon attack, which brought attention to members of the 9/11 Truth Movement.[12] Groups within the 9/11 truth movement including flight77.info, and Scholars for 9/11 Truth, say they are working to get the others of the 70 or more videos[23] of the Pentagon released.

In late 2006, a series of 9/11 events were held in Kansas City [13], Denver, Boulder [14] and Berkeley [15]. These events were described by members of the movement as generally focused on the scientific analyses of the WTC events and critiques of the official reports. Presenters included physicist Steven E. Jones, researcher Jim Hoffman, former UL manager Kevin Ryan, and lecturer, Kevin Barrett.


[edit] 911Truth.org
911Truth.org is a central 9/11 Truth Movement organization that demands new investigations and supports the Controlled demolition hypothesis for the collapse of the World Trade Center. W. David Kubiak[16] and Janice Matthews[17] is the executive director of 911truth.org and Michael Berger is the spokesman.[18]

2004, it was part in the organization of The Citizens' Commission on 9-11.
August 30, 2004: The first Zogby International poll it sponsored :"Half of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks and `Consciously Failed` To Act; 66% Call For New Probe of Unanswered Questions by Congress or New York`s Attorney General"[16][19]
Oct. 26, 2004, An alliance of over 114 prominent Americans and 48 family members of those killed on 9/11 who signed the 911Truth.org statement.[20]
May 24, 2006: The second Zogby poll it sponsored: a telephone survey of adults nationwide conducted by Zogby International found out, among other things, that 42% of Americans believed that the US government and 9/11 Commission are covering up the events of 9/11 while 48% did not agree. It also found out that 43% were not aware of the collapse of WTC 7.[21]
June 2, 2006 - June 4, 2006: Held a 9/11 Conference in Chicago where in which members from Scholars for 9/11 Truth participated[22]

[edit] Hispanic Victims Group
The Hispanic Victims Group is a group created after the 9/11 attacks and headed by William Rodriguez. The group was a key force behind the 9/11 Commission,[23] and was among the Families Advisory Council for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation[24] The group helped secure an amnesty for undocumented Hispanic workers who perished.


[edit] Meetings

[edit] September 9, 2004: "The 9-11 Citizens Commission"
The 9-11 Citizens Commission: The Omissions Hearings was a meeting by a group of United States citizens who were skeptical of the findings of the 9/11 Commission Report, and who purported to launch their own investigation into the events of September 11, 2001. The meeting took place on September 9, 2004.

The event was billed as being modeled after the United States Congressional hearings which were conducted by the 9/11 Commission. A group of citizens heard testimony provided by witnesses, authors, experts and whistle blowers. The witnesses gave their testimony after having been sworn in, and were then questioned by the citizen panel. An audience and representatives from the press were also present. In the introduction, Kyle Hence noted that citizen-panelists were not sworn in at the beginning of the 9/11 Commission, and that swearing in had only started after "we made some noise about it, and the press started to ask some questions." The world premiere of Barrie Zwicker's The Great Conspiracy was performed after the end of the hearings and questions.

Citizen-panelists included then-Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, local Imam and Doctor Faz Khan, and father of one of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, Bob Mcilvaine.

A list of participants include:

Barry Zelman - lost his brother Kenneth in the North Tower
Mindy Kleinberg - widowed, single mother. Video testimony from her hearing to the 9/11 Commission.
Jenna Orkin - plaintiff in potential lawsuit against EPA, gave environmental hazard negligence testimony.
John Judge - co-founder of 911 CitizensWatch.
Barrie Zwicker - Canadian television journalist.
Michael Springmann - former Diplomat for the Department of State, Attorney, regarding giving Visas to alleged terrorists.
Paul Thompson - author of The Terror Timeline.
Michael Ruppert - founder and editor of From The Wilderness.
Indira Singh - lived and worked at Ground Zero, she read a letter from Sibel Edmonds, and talked about Ptech.
Nicholas Levis - talked about The Omissions Dossier.
Carolyn Betts - attorney, addressed options for future, for example courts.
Tom DeLonge

[edit] June 2006: "9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda Symposium"
The 9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda Symposium was held June 24-25 in Los Angeles.


[edit] June 2006: "9/11: Revealing the Truth"
9/11: Revealing the Truth -- Reclaiming Our Future was held in June 2-4 2006, many members of the Scholars for 9/11 Truth met in Chicago, Illinois, for a conference on 9/11 theories, which was covered by some international media.[25][26]


[edit] Mission Statement
A conference seeking to find strategies and solutions to demand accountability for the crimes of 9/11. There is overwhelming evidence of government complicity, as we move forward and direct our focus on actions that further the cause of accountability. We aim for unity within our movement to accomplish these goals.


[edit] Other meetings
Lifting the Fog: The Scientific Method Applied to the World Trade Center Disaster
Research on 9/11: Why the Official Story Cannot Be True
9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out
Science Applied to the WTC Collapses
December 2002, first meetings of the 9-11 Truth Alliance were held in New York and San Francisco
Major 9/11 Truth Movement Conference, Berlin, September 2003
New York 9/11 Truth Events
Northern California 9-11 Truth Alliance Meeting
International Citizens` Inquiry Into 9/11, Toronto, 2004
The Citizens' Commission on 9-11 September 9, 2004
British 9/11 Truth Campaign Calendar
9/11 Truth at the Boston Social Forum
DC Truth Convergence, Lafayette Park, July 22-24, 2005
Report of San Francisco area 9-11 Truth event held Feb. 23, 2006

[edit] Response
2005 March: Popular Mechanics 9/11: Debunking The Myths
2005 April 5: The NIST report[27]
2005 October: NIST "Final report"[28]
2006 August 28: Implosionsworld.com[29]
2006 August 28: The United States Department of State's Counter Misinformation Team"The Top September 11 Conspiracy Theories" Report.[30]
NIST's created an Official "Questions and Answers".[31]
2006 Debunking 9/11 Myths
2006 September 11: Skeptic magazine's eSkeptic published "9/11 Conspiracy Theories: The 9/11 Truth Movement in Perspective" by Phil Mole [32]

[edit] Response to response
NIST "Questions and Answers" has been answered by Jim Hoffman,[33] Sean Glazier[34] and Rob Rice.[35]
Jim Hoffman[36][37] has responded to the Popular Mechanics' article.

[edit] Media coverage
2006 July 28 `” National Post[25]
2006 September 3 `” San Francisco Chronicle,[38]
2006 September 5 `” The Guardian[39]
2006 September 6 `” Daily Mail[40]
2002 January 31 `” Lower Manhattan Development Corporation[24]
2002 September 15 `” New York Times, web edition[41]
2004 March 25 `” The Christian Science Monitor[23]
Scoop[42]
Independent Media Center[43]
Voltaire Network[44]
9/11 Citizens Watch[45]
911Truth.org[46]

[edit] See also
Amateur investigators researching the 2001 anthrax attacks
Background history of the September 11, 2001 attacks
Casualties of the September 11, 2001 attacks
Collapse of the World Trade Center
Controlled demolition hypothesis for the collapse of the World Trade Center
Criticisms of the 9/11 Commission Report
Flight 11
Flight 77
Flight 93
Flight 175
Guantanamo Bay
The Pentagon
Project for a New American Century
Scholars for 9/11 Truth
September 11, 2001 attacks
U.S. government response to the September 11, 2001 attacks
USA PATRIOT Act
War games in progress on September 11, 2001
World political effects arising from the September 11, 2001 attacks
World Trade Center
World Trade Center bombing (1993)
The 9/11 REcommission Report

[edit] References
^ Murphy, Jarrett (2006). The Seekers: The birth and life of the '9-11 Truth movement'. The Village Voice - Education. The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2006-06-09.
^ Gatehouse, Jonathon (2006). Hijacking the truth on 9/11. MacLeans.ca - Education. Rogers Media Inc.. Retrieved on 2006-06-02.
^ Walch, Tad (2006). Controversy dogs Y.'s Jones. Utah news. Deseret News Publishing Company. Retrieved on 2006-09-09.
^ [1]
^ Taibbi, Matt (2006). The Low Post: I, Left Gatekeeper. Politics. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2006-09-29.
^ Alex Jones Predicts 9/11-like Terrorist attack in U.S. on his July 25, 2001 Show at Google Video
^ http://www.americanscholarssymposium.org/
^ http://perrylogan.org/Bogus%20Predictions.html
^ http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8116395518760933323
^ Walch, Tad. "BYU places '9/11 truth' professor on paid leave", Deseret Morning News, 2006-09-8.
^ Sullivan, Will. "BYU takes on a 9/11 conspiracy professor", U.S.News & World Report, www.usnews.com, 2006-09-11.
^ Arthur, Bill. "Pentagon Video Shows Flames, Smoke After 9/11 Attack (Update1)", News and Commentary, Regions, US, Bloomberg L.P., 2006-05-16. Retrieved on 2006-06-09.
^ http://www.digitalstyledesigns.com/pages/event.htm "Science Applied to the WTC Collapses"
^ http://www.colorado911visibility.org/ "Research on 9/11: Why the Official Story Cannot Be True -- Scientists Find Overwhelming Evidence of Controlled Demolition"
^ http://liftingthefog.org/ "Lifting the Fog: The Scientific Method Applied to the WTC Disaster"
^ a b [2]
^ http://blog.washingtonpost.com/earlywarning/2006/05/911_truth_i_dont_think_so.html
^ http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0603/22/sbt.01.html
^ [3]
^ [4]
^ [5]
^ http://www.scholarsfor911truth.org/ChicagoConferenceJune2006.html
^ a b http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0325/p03s01-usgn.htm
^ a b [6]
^ a b Canada National Post: A theory that just won't die
^ 9/11:Revealing the Truth, Reclaiming Our Future. Chicago, June 2-4, 2006
^ pdf!
^ http://wtc.nist.gov/
^ [7]
^ http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/09/01/news/conspiracy.php
^ http://wtc.nist.gov/pubs/factsheets/faqs_8_2006.htm
^ http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/06-09-11.html
^ http://911research.wtc7.net/reviews/nist/WTC_FAQ_reply.html
^ http://www.scholarsfor911truth.org/WhyNISTFactSheetWontDo.html
^ http://www.scholarsfor911truth.org/NISTandThe%20FootOfGod.html
^ http://911research.wtc7.net/essays/gopm/index.html
^ http://911review.com/pm/markup/index.html
^ [8]
^ http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/worldwide/story/0,,1864657,00.html
^ [9]
^ [10]
^
^ http://www.indymedia.org/es/2005/12/829390.shtml
^ http://www.voltairenet.org/article135703.html
^ http://www.911citizenswatch.org/print.php?sid=923
^ http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20041026093059633

[edit] External links
Video download of the American Scholars Symposium
500 Conspiracy Buffs Meet to Seek the Truth of 9/11, Alan Feuer, The New York Times, June 2006.
The Ground Zero Grassy Knoll Mark Jacobson, New York Magazine, March 2006
The Seekers: The birth and life of the '9-11 Truth movement' Jarrett Murphy, The Village Voice, February 2006
'Reality is a Construction...' Sander Hicks and the 9/11 Truth Movement, Micky Z., Counterpunch, December 2004.

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Re: The Seekrs - The birth and life of the 9-11 Truth Movement
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2007, 10:43:00 AM »
good list. the freedom movement has been infiltrated. i see them as walking and talking human war leaflets. what hope, if any, do these people offer? we the people need to be provoked, not to listen, but to think and act.

you'd think that with all of these special groups and all of their information being circulated, some justice might exist. but it doesn't!

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Re: The Seekrs - The birth and life of the 9-11 Truth Movement
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2007, 01:48:41 PM »
IMO the collapsing towers are a red herring to divert attention from the conspirators who appear to have been CIA assets.  The real question is whether 9/11 was a government intelligence operation and who was in on it.

There is no doubt that 9/11 was an enormous aid to US foreign policy.

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Re: The Seekrs - The birth and life of the 9-11 Truth Movement
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2007, 03:04:48 PM »
Scarlett,

Welcome to leaderless resistance - April 2, 2007.

                This situation brought to you by "leaderless resistance" - ensuring that "can't never could do nothing" for a couple of generations..   next time, pick up a bottle of "leaderless resistance", your floors will shine" *available at Walmart< KMart, and fine stores everywhere.
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Re: The Seekrs - The birth and life of the 9-11 Truth Movement
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2007, 07:56:39 PM »
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The real question is whether 9/11 was a government intelligence operation and who was in on it.
this is why i am interested in this:
http://www.freedomportal.net/forum/index.php?topic=7930

nothing good came from 911. everything that happened after it, benefited the post-us govt. following the money shall place the dark things in the light.

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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2007, 08:15:21 PM »
thanks for the infomercial weeble. i'll run to the nearest walgreens.

the decepticons are everywhere! 1984 wasn't just about orwell, it was a year the decepticons came. and coming soon, on july 4 2007, is the spielberg movie that transforms zionism into a sci-fi movie in a very palatable form for young adults. not a coincidence!

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Re: The Seekrs - The birth and life of the 9-11 Truth Movement
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2007, 08:54:55 PM »
The irony here is that the noisiest 'protesters' against this boring, dishonest, jewish protection squad (who will end up telling you that the faction within the US govt that did 911 is actually controlled by anti-american critturs from yurp, such as neo-nazis, catholics, anti-semites, luciferian controllers, and the dreaded Black Nobility) are nico haupt and co., who will tell you exactly the same thing, but also that you mustn't trust the first group.

The real 'protesters' are Hufschmid etc., who are represented here as wishy washy lihoppers.

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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2007, 05:56:23 AM »
very insightful post rowan! you're right, everybody wants to be a somebody even when they're nobodies and will screw whoever to get there. just like nothing good came from 911, nothing good ever comes from useful idiots either. if any, the only good that ever came from them is dissident and skepticism. we're right back where this country started, at the age of our founding fathers. it's not over, not by a long shot.

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Re: The Seekrs - The birth and life of the 9-11 Truth Movement
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2007, 09:47:11 AM »
Fuck "leaderless resistence".....


Start groups and fight.   ;)
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Re: The Seekrs - The birth and life of the 9-11 Truth Movement
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2007, 10:54:05 AM »
i think that you and weeble should start your own group.

...you could call it "kooks that belong at liberty forum".


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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2007, 12:09:02 PM »
yah, create more groups for the feds to infiltrate. that'll keep them employed and getting raises.

you sure are smart! :D

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« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2007, 03:37:57 AM »
yah, create more groups for the feds to infiltrate. that'll keep them employed and getting raises.

you sure are smart! :D

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« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2007, 12:13:14 PM »
good list. the freedom movement has been infiltrated. i see them as walking and talking human war leaflets. what hope, if any, do these people offer? we the people need to be provoked, not to listen, but to think and act.

you'd think that with all of these special groups and all of their information being circulated, some justice might exist. but it doesn't!

defeatist spin
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« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2007, 12:14:26 PM »
The irony here is that the noisiest 'protesters' against this boring, dishonest, jewish protection squad (who will end up telling you that the faction within the US govt that did 911 is actually controlled by anti-american critturs from yurp, such as neo-nazis, catholics, anti-semites, luciferian controllers, and the dreaded Black Nobility) are nico haupt and co., who will tell you exactly the same thing, but also that you mustn't trust the first group.

The real 'protesters' are Hufschmid etc., who are represented here as wishy washy lihoppers.

Disinfo shill
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Coward.

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deafeatist spin

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Disinfo shill