A Good Week

Eighteen years and one week ago the world was unaware that two days later the United States would be the target of spectacular attacks killing thousands, which were immediately blamed on Muslim extremists, setting off a string of wars. Many Americans have moved on, accepting the U.S. executive branch’s account of the attacks. Others have not. This entry is about some of the latter.

* Last Wednesday, Long Island volunteer fire department commissioner Christopher Gioia and others met with an unspecified number of U.S. Representatives in Washington. They were calling attention to the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department Commissioners’ unanimous resolution (click and scroll way down) calling for a thorough reinvestigation of the 9/11 attacks, including the empaneling of a Special Grand Jury by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, to examine as-yet unprosecuted federal crimes connected to the attacks.

Watch a news conference at the National Press Club, HERE, in which Gioia is accompanied by Richard Gage of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, David Meiswinkle of the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, and Bob and Helen McIlvaine. The McIlvaines’ 26-year-old son was killed instantly by an explosion while in the ground-floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower, seconds before it was reportedly struck by a jetliner.

* Last Monday evening, Sept. 9, Dr. Leroy Hulsey, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, held a news conference on the 126-page draft report of the four-year study he and a team of doctoral students conducted on the collapse of the World Trade Center Building 7 on the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001. (It had not been struck by an airplane.)

The team’s final report will be released toward the end of this year after a two-month period for public comment on the draft study. For coverage by CBS affiliate KTVA of the draft report on Sept. 6, click HERE.

* In Boston last Wednesday, members of Boston 9/11 Truth – two of them dressed something like Samuel Adams and John Hancock might have been in the colonial era – conducted a sidewalk teach-in in front of the Statehouse and spoke with a number of state senators and representatives inside. For a glimpse of the event click HERE.

* In Pittsfield, MA, two of us, Bruce Henry and Mark Miller, spent several hours on both Tuesday and Wednesday walking around downtown wearing 9/11 TRUTH signs and speaking with fellow citizens (only those who approached us) about anomalies of the U.S. executive branch’s conspiracy narrative cloaking the 9/11 attacks. The great majority of the two to three dozen individuals we talked with were receptive to and sometimes quite knowledgeable about the case against the executive branch accounts of the attacks. Three were not.

* On Monday and Wednesday, the Berkshire Eagle published letters we had written (unbeknownst to each other) in response to a column Donald Morrison had written for the op-ed page, somewhat jocular in tone, on conspiracy theories. See his column HERE and our letters HERE and HERE.

* In Atlanta, San Diego, Seattle and elsewhere members of 9/11 Truth Action Project chapters got out and presented their perspectives of the attacks.

* Thursday’s New York Times carried an article by reporter James Barron. He noted of the previous day, “It was 18 years since terrorists commandeered airplanes and the twin towers were brought down.” The absence of cause-and-effect wording may signify that Barron, at least, wanted to distance himself from the executive branch account that the towers were struck by jetliners whose fuel set off office fires that brought down the two skyscrapers. His third paragraph recalled “the collapse of the twin towers in a blizzard of toxic dust and flaming debris.” The article, however, omitted mention of the 47-story third skyscraper that was the object of the UAF team’s study because it also came down as if by controlled demolition.

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