Notes, 11-17-21

Truth Is Contagious: Andrew Kreig’s guest column yesterday is about the murder of a U.S. president in 1963 and researchers’ efforts, continuing this weekend, to end its coverup. This blog has been mostly about ending the coverups surrounding the mass murders of September 2001 on U.S. soil. In both decades-old cases, government commissions prominently did the coverups, and news media have bent over backwards to support them. A book out this week concerns a global killer not even two years old and obviously relevant today and for the future — and what its author contends is another media-assisted coverup of vital facts. Title: The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health. Author: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing. Please read on . . . .

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An Author’s Aim: My copy of The Real Anthony Fauci arrived yesterday and so far I’ve read only the extensive dedication & acknowledgements, the publisher’s note, and the author’s 10-page introduction (not including three pages of endnotes). “I wrote this book,” Kennedy says at the end of it, “so that Americans … can understand Dr. Fauci’s pernicious role in allowing pharmaceutical companies to dominate our government and subvert our democracy, and to chronicle the key role Dr. Fauci has played in the current coup d’état against democracy.” This is a big order. Can he deliver?

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Previous ‘Coups d’État’: One reason many “truthers” on the September 2001 attacks are truthers on the JFK assassination — and vice versa — is that both events can be viewed as coups d’état with countless consequences. Following both, commissions beholden to the White House conducted coverups lasting decades. In the case of Americans’ deteriorating public health, Robert Kennedy Jr. contends, federal agencies beholden to pharmaceutical (and other) corporations played lethal roles. Wikipedia says, HERE, that RFKJr.’s organization, Children’s Health Defense, is “mainly known for anti-vaccine activities and has been identified as one of the main sources of misinformation on vaccines”; Wikipedia also terms 9/11 truthers and JFK assassination truthers conspiracy theorists.

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Blurbs of Praise: So far it’s too early for major news media outlets to weigh in with reviews on The Real Anthony Fauci, published by Skyhorse Publishing. But enthusiastic paragraphs appear, HERE, on the website of another book publisher, the mainstream Simon and Schuster.

— Mark Channing Miller

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Kreig, 11-16-21

Below are the first paragraphs of an extensive column by Andrew Kreig of the Justice Integrity Project. It promotes three research forums — the first, for students, begins this Friday — concerning President John F. Kennedy’s murder on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas; a new book on that assassination; and the next issue of the magazine/webzine Garrison. For the column as it appears on the JIP website, click HERE.

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Documents, Deadlines, Disclosures, Disputes

By Andrew Kreig

The Biden Administration’s recent delay in releasing the final trove of classified documents pertaining to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy tees up three annual research conferences scheduled this month during the anniversary of JFK’s slaying in downtown Dallas.

The conferences and postponed document releases build on millions of pages of previously declassified documents and many hundreds of books through the decades fanning widespread public doubts about official accounts. Those official accounts, most notably the 1964 Warren Commission report, assigned guilt for the president’s death solely to ex-Marine Lee Harvey Oswald. Flaws in the report largely ignored by government, academic and mainstream media foster lingering fears that watchdog institutions fail to probe and prevent civic tragedies and cover-ups, including in current times.

Today’s column will survey this fall’s major developments. These include the records release delay, the three conferences and Oliver Stone’s sequel, “JFK Revisited,” to his blockbuster film “JFK” three decades ago. The new documentary launches in the United States on Showtime on Nov. 22, the anniversary of JFK’s death.

This month also sees the publication of a major new book: Coup in Dallas: The Decisive Investigation into Who Killed JFK (Skyhorse, 720 pages) by the late H. P. Albarelli Jr. with a foreward by best-selling JFK author Dick Russell.

This editor has worked closely with leaders in records release advocacy and also is scheduled as a speaker in two of the three November conferences scheduled this year.

One is organized by Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA), to be shown via Zoom with details here, on the weekend days of Nov. 20 and 21, with a free all-day session on Friday, Nov. 19, for students.

The other is the JFK Assassination Conference, which can be seen both via Zoom and in person at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Dallas, extends for four days, beginning Friday, Nov. 19.

A third conference, organized since 1996 by the JFK Lancer event and publishing company, will be its November in Dallas annual event, this year via remote viewing from Nov. 19 through 21, with heavily discounted admission for students. Our project promotes all three conferences each year with the view that there is much to discuss, with many valuable perspectives deserving an audience.  

An appendix [linked below] contains more details on these events, as well as excerpts from news stories and commentaries this fall regarding the records release process and its implications, plus analysis of several recent assassination witness revelations.

This column is also the 57th segment of the Justice Integrity Project’s JFK Assassination Readers Guide, which lists major books, films, archives and interpretative articles, with an index and links in the appendix.

Described also below is a preview of the forthcoming issue of Garrison, a 348-page double-issue webzine published last week. This edition’s focus is on original commentaries about the 1960s assassinations of Kennedy (JFK), his brother, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (RFK), the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) and Malcolm X. This editor is among the authors.

A rare feature this fall regarding these inquiries was the deadline on Oct. 26 for federal authorities to release to the public all remaining documents pertaining to the JFK assassination.

On Oct. 22, the White House issued an executive order postponing the release until Dec. 15 for an unknown number of documents. The order set the same date next year, Dec. 15, 2022, to release remaining documents. The only exception under the terms of the 1992 JFK Records Act is for the Executive Branch to provide specific “national security” reasons for any documents withheld.

In ordering this latest postponement, the White House cited as an excuse the pandemic’s impact on federal staff, particularly at the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Justice Integrity Project has been working closely with active researchers, several of whom issued blunt criticisms of the delay and overall process. One of them, researcher Lawrence Schnapf, a New York City-based lawyer, promptly filed a federal Freedom of Information suit seeking prompt release of relevant documents and specific reasons (as required under the Records Act) regarding any documents that are withheld.

Researchers also criticized many in the major news media for their failure to cover the delay more prominently and for a longstanding pattern of fostering a false narrative that no remaining significant questions exist about the assassination and conventional accounts. The 1964 Warren report blamed the assassination solely on Oswald.

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren chaired the commission, which included several other top government leaders all chosen by Kennedy’s successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The New York Times, the Washington Post and nearly all other major newspapers and broadcast outlets consistently state that Oswald was “the assassin” of Kennedy without attributing the claim and without for the most part informing audiences of strong evidence disputing that claim that has been offered through the decades by well-credentialed experts.

Instead, the major news organizations and most widely quoted academics on the topic use the smear term “conspiracy theory” to demean those researchers who question commission’s report and other highly irregular proceedings after the killing. The controversies continue to provoke worldwide interest in JFK’s death.

Our appendix to this column contains a large amount of relevant material and provides a roadmap for further in-depth research. READ MORE . . .

Weekender, 11-14-21

In the last ten days in this blog I’ve been able to relay so much that’s new or nearly new that today I simply recommend that over the next ten days readers examine at their leisure some of what is in recent entries.

An opportunity to talk — tactfully — about some of it may come on Thanksgiving Day and over that long weekend.

I was impressed by the letter, HERE, by Roland Angle, new CEO of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, directed toward veterans, and by actor William Hurt’s statement, HERE, about his evolving perspectives on the September 2001 attacks, particularly as they pertain to the World Trade Center building collapses.

I’m glad the Lawyers’ Committee on 9/11 Inquiry yesterday made it easier for people so inclined to revisit or visit for the first time the 2021 Global Livestream Conference it put on with 9/11 TAP (the 9/11 Truth Action Project). Eight hours in all, it was difficult to do justice to on that day, Sept. 11, or even in the following week. As noted yesterday, the links are Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry – YouTube and Lawyers’ Committee on Super U.

Hurt was motivated to become an executive producer of Dylan Avery’s movie “The Unspeakable,” which premiered this month all over the world online for free and even in a few theaters. Well worth seeing. Click on the title for a front row seat.

— Mark Channing Miller

An Invitation

The following invitation from Jane Clark and Mick Harrison of the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry speaks for itself. It came by email this evening, about three hours ago. I hope their offer allows thousands more people to benefit from the conference than were able to during the event on Sept. 11 of this year and in the week afterward. — MCM

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Dear ________,

Since technical difficulties prevented many from reaching our Global Livestream Conference on Sept. 11, 2021, we would like to direct you to the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry’s YouTube site to review the individual presentations that relate to 9/11 and the anthrax attacks, which are posted there along with additional videos. (There’s no fee or charge to view.)

Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry – YouTube

When you get to the Youtube site, you should be able to see all of the individualized speaker videos regarding 9/11 and the anthrax attacks from our conference.

Additional videos from the conference, some of which address pandemic issues, are available via Super U at the following link:

Lawyers’ Committee on Super U

We apologize again for any problems you may have had before, during, or after the 2021 Global Livestream Conference or if you have had any trouble with the replay link as well.

Please contact us at info@lcfor911.org if you need  to get any further help on these conference videos.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely, 

Jane A. Clark, Chairman of the Board for the Lawyers’ Committee for 911 Inquiry, Inc.

Mick G. Harrison, Attorney at Law. Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, Inc.

A Veteran Writes

The following message, received by email this afternoon, on Veterans Day 2021, was written by the veteran who is CEO of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Click HERE for the message as it appears on the AE911Truth website. — MCM

Twenty years after 9/11, more than 2,700 veterans call for a new investigation

By Roland Angle

I am very proud and humbled by this opportunity to speak on behalf of the more than 2,700 U.S. military veterans who have signed the petition of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth calling for a new investigation into the destruction of the three World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. It will be impossible for my words to adequately represent the motivations, desires, and commitment of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our country and our freedoms, but it is my task to try.

Those of us who have served in our country’s military forces have a unique perspective on the events of 9/11. We know beyond the shadow of a doubt that the attacks on New York City and the Pentagon led directly to war and to the killing and maiming of our comrades-in-arms as well as millions of others in the Middle East. The chaos unleashed by this tragedy has reached into the lives of almost every one on the planet in the years that have gone by since the fateful day that divided history into before 9/11 and after 9/11. This knowledge weighs heavily on our conscience and requires us to act upon what we understand to be the truth of what lay at the cause of that war, which continues to this day.

Based on the forensic evidence amassed by AE911Truth and others in the 9/11 Truth movement, the military veterans who have signed our petition are convinced that the true cause of the collapse of the three WTC skyscrapers was not the fires fed by jet fuel or office furnishings but, rather, planted explosives and incendiaries. Indeed, the evidence for controlled demolition is so convincing that we veterans are compelled to join together to seek the full truth of how those demolitions were carried out — no matter where that truth might lead us.

In return for our sacrifice, we are demanding an accounting from our government. We swore to defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and we will not foreswear that commitment. Our government owes us the truth, and we will not surrender our right to that truth, no matter what the consequences. To do any less would be a betrayal of our duty.

As I read through the comments of our veteran petition signers, I see the same questions being asked again and again: What did we fight and sacrifice for? Were we lied to about 9/11? If so, why? GIVE US THE TRUTH, NO MATTER HOW PAINFUL IT MIGHT BE. Our country owes its veterans that much — nothing more, nothing less. Do not insult us by calling us conspiracy theorists. We put our lives on the line for our country, and now we want the truth. We will not give up until we have it.

Every branch of our military — the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marines, the U.S. Coast Guard — and hundreds of military occupations are represented by our petition signers. They have served in every conflict from World War II to the present day.

Here are the words of just a few of our courageous signatories:

Tower 1 and tower 2 were professionally demolished. . . . Building 7 was, without contest, a controlled demolition. . . . Material evidence from 9/11 should not have been destroyed. . . . Any emergency response plan following a suspected terrorist attack must take into account evidence storage. . . . I am mystified why . . . this was not done.” — Kevin Bourgault, background in military explosives in Somalia and in training at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point

The event has been used to justify . . . the gutting of Constitutional rights in America. — Peter Brand, former firing officer, Naval Weapons Laboratory, Virginia

We need to fully investigate. In the words of Gen. George S. Patton, ‘Do not take counsel of your fears.’” — Robert Eloi, U.S. Corps of Engineers (Ret.)

Those responsible will be held accountable for their actions. — Derek Evans, Operation Iraqi Freedom II veteran

With every possible question . . . the gaping holes in the official story that was fed to the public by NIST become dreadfully clear. . . . A new investigation must be conducted in the face of such overwhelming evidence of controlled demolition. — John Keidel, U.S. Army 13F-Fire Support Specialist (1999–2003), deployed to Iraq in 2003

The visual evidence of the center core columns leaves no doubt those were shear charges that brought the buildings down.— Robert Kepka, 84-year-old WWII veteran

How is it possible that a plane could destroy one of the world’s largest buildings, ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE GROUND? That defies physics.” — Neil Lattz, post-9/11 Iraq War veteran

The real conspiracy theory is that the laws of physics ceased to exist in New York City on September 11, 2001.” — Lt. William Lawler (Ret.), 12-year veteran of the Military Intelligence Corps

As an attorney, trained to gather and evaluate evidence, I know the official 9/11 government reports are impossible to believe.” — Robert Orr, U.S. Navy F-4 Phantom fighter pilot (1964–1970)

As a citizen of the United States, I demand that the government which I pay taxes to reopen a professional investigation of the events on 9/11/01.” — Cameron Smith, U.S. Army, Iraqi Freedom

I join with many, many others who do not believe the obviously flawed 9/11 Commission Report in DEMANDING an independent, non-government investigation, with subpoena power, into the events and causes of the 9-11-01 disaster. — James Uhl, Col. (Ret.), U.S. Army, served in Viet Nam, Desert Storm, and Iraq

If we truly honor those who have served our country in the most profound way possible — risking their lives — we must join them in calling for a new investigation into the failure of the three high-rise buildings at the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.

Please visit our website at AE911Truth.org and inform yourself about the facts of that fateful day. Also consider donating and joining our volunteers to make the accomplishment of our mission a reality.

In honor of all those who have served,

Roland Angle, P.E.
President and CEO, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
CPL, USAR Special Forces, 1964–1970

His Experience

The following was emailed out last night by Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Its author is an executive producer of the film “The Unspeakable” and an actor. — MCM

Someone Said, ‘Look’

By William Hurt

I was born in 1950. Mom moved back to New York City with my two brothers and me in 1955, and we became New Yorkers.

I watched the South Tower “top off” in ’71. Mom had worked close to the Empire State Building during the War and would mention when we were growing up how, on a foggy July day in 1945, a B-25 had flown right into it. In ’78, I was watching the antenna being attached to the North Tower and remarked to my first-grade buddy that somebody “sure could run into those big things.” 

Many veteran New Yorkers were rubbed the wrong way by their design. Manhattan is actually a small piece of real estate. Interwoven neighborhoods. People walk there. Shoulder to shoulder. I tended to stay far away from them even though I worked in a little theatre only 15 or so blocks away for 12 years.

At age 51, I permanently moved away with my younger sons two weeks before September 11, 2001. The towers were indelible reference points to me by then. To all of us. 

On the day of the attack, I was in Boston with my eldest in a café having breakfast, with the pickup parked and packed, ready to go to Montreal for a gig. There was a little TV hung to the molding of a wall. Someone said, “Look.”

Being a general aviation pilot, my first thought was, “That’s no small plane. And no accident.” My next thought was of family and close friends. We called and, thank goodness, they were all okay. My third thought was about the borders. I assumed the borders would be closed immediately. I had a contract in Montreal to get to that day. I prayed that they would stay closed so that my contract wouldn’t force me to go to Canada only for the borders to be closed again, leaving me stranded from my kids.

Then the second plane hit. I started thinking about those lost. The massiveness. A completely new kind of shock entered my life. I hoped with all my heart that the first responders would be okay. Then the towers fell. And the world changed.

Unbelievably, the border did open up again the very next day. I was floored. The contract said I had to go. I hugged my kid and drove, shattered.

In my case, the journey toward understanding started with an unusual emotional experience. Ten days later, on the film set in Montreal, it seemed a nightmare that no one was stopping, even on their own, let alone as a group, to absorb this paradigm shift. Where was the ritual of mutual care when something massively terrible happens? I felt alone. A catastrophe of infinite meaning had taken place, and we were routinely going about our professional duties, saying nothing about it. Maybe it was just too big. Moviemaking is myopic like that. But it seemed wrong. Deep emotional turmoil filled me. Worry for my children.

It was a busy scene involving over a hundred people. As I returned to what they call “start marks” for another “master shot” (of the whole scene before tighter “coverage” setups begin), I stopped. And I suddenly couldn’t remember where I was. What city was I in?

Then my body just “went” to New York. It was “there,” floating high up inside one of the imploding towers. I was trying to catch the falling bodies in my arms. Trying to pick them from out of everything and grab them to my chest to save them, but everything was passing through me — the immense pieces of concrete and superstructure mingled with the bodies of my fellows. I couldn’t catch them. They went through my arms. Everything did. I was what they call “losing it.”

A crew member came up and said, “Mr. Hurt, we’re ready.” I had no idea what he meant. The man asked, “Are you okay?” I heard his voice and said, “I don’t think so.”

They led me to a trailer outside. Some caring people came to talk to me for a little while. The administration wanted to get the set back to work. One person, a fellow actor, seemed to understand. She recognized that I was going into deep shock.

I left the set and they sent a doctor. Someone wrote “possible TIA” (transient ischemic attack) on a piece of paper. But months later, after scans, that was completely ruled out. What happened was not a physical problem. 

For me, the overriding fact was supremely simple. It was that, to my knowledge, big buildings just couldn’t fall down that way, under any circumstances. It had never happened because, well, it couldn’t happen. I kept finding myself saying to others, “But, look, buildings like that can’t pulverize to dust in mid-air and just fall down smack straight into their own socks.” No building constructed anything like them in the history of the whole world had ever fallen down like those buildings fell, except for one cause. In earlier days, I’d done some light construction work. I’d seen a couple of smaller things (like big silos) brought down. It was a kick. I asked how it was done. The answer? “Very, very carefully.”

A day later I was back at work. Another week later, and by sheer coincidence, there we were, filming on location in NYC. Prior to 9/11, a reservation had been made for us to stay at a hotel 12 blocks north of Ground Zero. I asked the young elevator man as we first went up to the room if he’d lost anyone close. Surprised and instantly in tears, he said, “My uncle. He was the window-washing machines overseer. Never missed a day.” Off my room, there was a patio. I could look down the avenue and see the site, smoldering in the night lights. In horror, I knew what it was partly made of. We all did. What I didn’t know at that time: Thermite keeps burning a long time. At night, I’d go down. They let me through the barriers because I was recognized. I’d talk to and hug the first responders. 

It never left me.

The discrepancy.

The difference between the story we were told to believe and its impossibility.

I felt alone until 2013. Then I couldn’t stand it anymore, and I started digging. Digging for truth in the rubble of the official lie, then in another heavier layer of rubble that lay in my own mind, installed there by our mass media.

It took a while but, finally, I found pieces of evidence online. Mixed in among all the nonsense, there was sane and reasoned evidence. One of the sources, the strongest one by far, a source supported by thousands of responsible, honest, honorable, grounded, normal, respectful people — professional architects and engineers all around the world — was Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. An amazing act of courage and compassion meets us there when we can bring ourselves to seek the answers.

Why did I wait so long, like so many others, to start digging? It astonishes me, until I look at the size of what happened and also at my inability to believe that my government could have betrayed the families of those killed that day by not giving them the first thing they were owed: the truth.  

It relieves me immensely to have given my name and my artistic advice as an executive producer of the new film The Unspeakable. I also deeply respect the definitive film SEVEN about the “other” building so few know of that also, somehow, fell neatly, “smack straight into its own socks” that day. An impossibility in any way but one.

Unspeakable is about a horror that was committed upon innocent people and about their friends and loved ones struggling to heal while the truth is suppressed by those we are supposed to be able to trust. It’s also about the attempt to break the individual human heart and spirit — but how it cannot be broken in some.

The meaning of such evil acts can’t really be measured in numbers. The measure is taken one mother or father or sister or friend at a time. The question is not how could anyone do this to so many, but how could anyone do this to anyone.

The human heart has been the focus of my life’s study, so it is to the cause of these families and friends and this humbly heartfelt film that I add my name. I’m grateful and, again, very relieved to join with them in profound sorrow for their loss and to be a part of speaking their unspeakable truth.

I don’t suppose or pretend to know who or how or why this thing was done. But I feel it must begin with one step. NIST, our National Institute of Standards and Technology, must be brought to account for lying to all of us.

Update: 11-10-21

For the most part there is no narrator in “The Unspeakable.” The characters — survivors — speak for themselves, like the characters in George V. Higgins’s novel, “The Friends of Eddie Coyle.”* As an ex-prosecutor, Higgins knew criminals when he saw them and knew crime. The crimes he was concerned with in court had been investigated.

To the extent that “The Unspeakable” has a narrator, it is Robert Griffin, a psychologist who lives in Philadelphia. Below are his words. I’ll add more of them as the week goes by. — MCM

   

Prior to 9/11, I was involved in activism, in a United Nations group, and the idea was that we would work, like the United States, on an international level.

So when 9/11 happened, and the subsequent change in atmosphere, it was really hard to speak about anything that made sense, publicly. Because it was kind of a unilateral United States world, and it was going to be violent, and it was going to be warlike.

Some people go through the trauma of their loss, and then also go through the trauma of finding out that things aren’t as they seemed, or that there’s problems that hurt in other ways. So the trauma is initially disorienting. Like, how do we fit in the world anymore. Am I a father? Am I a son?

[Of Bob McIlvaine, whose son Bobby was killed in the North Tower of the World Trade Center] He has grown over the years . . .

Whose grief is it? Whose loss is it? In some ways, the government has claimed the loss as their own. Folks were told how to feel, what to think about it. And it adds to their pain when it’s used for other types of policies that have nothing to do with it.

Conflict is a part of our nature. We have a way of identifying the United States vs. ‘them’ or ‘the other.’ And so that leads to all sorts of problems, where ‘the other’ is not considered in there as fully human. Beause it’s hard to get people to fight wars. People don’t hate on their own; they have to be given a story To go to war people need a story.

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* The book should be on most library shelves or available through bookstores. The 1973 movie starred Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle.

‘The Unspeakable’

A Movie Review

This remarkable film gets its name, directly or indirectly, from the Trappist monk Thomas Merton.The Unspeakable, he wrote in 1962, “is the void that contradicts everything that is spoken even before the words are said; the void that gets into the public and official declarations at the very moment when they are pronounced, and makes them ring dead with the hollowness of the abyss.”

James W. Douglass borrowed the term for the title of his 2008 book JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, about the assassination of President Kennedy. Everyone should read that book, and everyone should see this movie, for they are essentially about the same thing: the behind-the-scenes violent usurping of power by already powerful forces and the widespread self-silencing that takes place among millions of people who know perfectly well that they are living and perpetuating a lie. In the cases of Kennedy’s murder in November 1963 and the mass murders of September 2001, official commissions were set up to cover up what actually happened and divert public attention, in both cases with the silent compliance of the mass media.

When silent movies gave way to those with sound, around 1930, the new ones were called talkies. “The Unspeakable” is a talky playing in the land of the silent.

This 90-minute documentary directed by Dylan Avery is having its world premier this week on innumerable screens, none in movie theaters. It was released online in a country that has been largely silenced — so far — on the appalling facts of the mass murders on “9/11”; these facts differ from the mainstream mythology of what happened, so silence is called for.

“The Unspeakable” features 16 survivors of four individuals killed on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center collapsed. Three of the victims were working there; one was apparently taking a short cut through the lobby of the North Tower. In all, thousands were killed including hundreds of responders who died on that day or have died since from exposure to toxins in the rubble.

The crime was unspeakable, but survivors are speaking.

“Normally when you have a family member who has been murdered you call the police and the police do an investigation,” says Matt Campbell, whose younger brother Geoff was killed when the first Tower collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. “I trust the authorities to be thorough and to be fair and to get to the truth, and you don’t have to go and petition.”

The petition he refers to is to a coroner’s court in the United Kingdom. It is an appeal, based on evidence obtained since the court’s initial decision. The family seeks a new investigation of Geoff’s death. For its first ruling, Matt Campbell estimates, the court had spent only a few minutes considering the cause.

In “The Unspeakable,” three Campbells speak: Maureen, Geoff’s mother; Matt; and his younger brother, Rob. In addition, Henry Young, a colleague of Geoff’s who had been in touch with him by email that morning (New York time), and Ian Henshall, a former journalist-turned-coffeehouse proprietor.

In all, the movie features 16 survivors of Geoffrey Campbell, Robert G. McIlvane, Jean C. DiPalma, and Francis  A. “Frank” DiMartini, who all perished at the World Trade Center that day. Only eight of the 16 are directly related, by marriage or blood. The other eight are survivors in the sense of being colleagues, friends, or individuals who have paid close attention to the nature of the WTC building collapses and the coverup that has followed.

The official “9/11” mythology is (1) that the Twin Towers came down from a combination of the impact of two hijacked commercial airliners striking them; (2) that the Pentagon outside of Washington, D.C., was struck by a third hijacked commercial airliner; (3) that a fourth hijacked commercial airliner crashed into a field in rural Shanksville, Pa., after passengers overcame hijackers intending to fly the craft into another target; and (4) a third WTC skyscraper, Building 7, caught fire from debris from the north Tower and collapsed because of fires that weakened key supporting beams

All 16 who speak in “The Unspeakable” are survivors in the sense that — as the French newspaper Le Monde put it in a headline on Sept. 12, 2001 — “We Are All Americans.” That makes everyone in the world survivors, whether we are “truthers” or not. Everyone should consider reading that page 1 story in the French daily or a translation (I haven’t yet) because history for everyone in the world has been affected, including for the roughly one-quarter of the U.S. population born since those terror attacks.

The faces and voices of at least seven of those who speak in the film will be familiar to some who have seen other documentaries challenging the official “9/11” narrative. One in particular, the dogged Bob McIlvaine, may have been overexposed.

What is absent in this film is one of the best things about it: scenes of the three WTC skyscrapers coming down, post-impact scenes outside the Pentagon, the gouged field in Pennsylvania. People are sick and tired of seeing them. More important, they are about the past. “The Unspeakable” is about the future, the continuing quest for truth and justice.

“The Unspeakable” opens with views of the ironically dubbed “Freedom Tower,” an apparent steel shaft of 94 stories that opened as One World Trade Center in 2015 after eight years of construction. It closes with architect Tony Szamboti saying why he has focused on 9/11 matters: “It’s the right thing to do.”

In all, this is a most moving and vital and important and exceptional movie. I hope to have more to say about it, and to correct any incorrect details above, but this is enough for now.Click HERE to see it.

— Mark Channing Miller

Weekender, 10-31-21

The Berkshire Eagle invited subscribers, HERE, to submit their recollections of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and how the attacks shaped their lives. The newspaper used 20 of them, in addition to publishing longer articles about others’ experiences. Below is what I sent in, just under the maximum word count specified in the invitation. The headline is theirs. — MCM

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Where were you on Sept. 11? Eagle readers recall that dreadful day.

I was at UMass/Amherst that Tuesday morning. My wife, pregnant with our first child, had planned to read in the Labor Center’s library while I was in two classes.

There were no classes. We joined about 20 other students at the Center clustered around a TV screen on the wall watching — over and over — as what was described as a commercial jetliner slammed into one of the Twin Towers. Then another into the other Tower. From high up in one or the other, tiny figures leaped from fire inside to their deaths below.

Everyone was stunned. Shocked and awestruck. Terrorized. In memory, the repeated reports are a blur of dusty terror and heroism and confusion. Did we see the two buildings collapse then, or later? On the car radio driving home we must have heard news reports of the attack at the Pentagon.

We absorbed the horror, believing officials’ narratives and following their decisions. Years later after reading David Ray Griffin’s first book on the attacks, “The New Pearl Harbor,” I began questioning it all.

A growing number of scientists, engineers, architects, demolition experts, and military and “intelligence community” analysts have challenged the Executive Branch line but have been mostly ignored by the news media.

In 2018 a friend and I walked across Massachusetts from Provincetown to the New York border wearing “9/11 TRUTH” signs, to largely positive response from people along the way. Now I do a blog on the subject.

— Mark Channing Miller  

Update, 10-29-21

Through an oversight the other day I neglected to find the first of Leland Teschler’s two columns in Design World magazine disparaging the conclusion of some engineers that the Twin Towers and a third skyscraper, Building 7, at the World Trade Center could not have come down as they did on Sept. 11, 2001, for the reasons stated in two National Institute of Standards & Technology reports — the weakening of steel beams caused by office fires ignited at the Twin Towers by burning fuel from the two planes that crashed into them and subsequent damage of Building 7 caused by the North Tower’s collapse sufficient to ignite decisive fires there — but rather that they must have been brought down through a process of controlled demolition effected by carefully timed explosions of pre-planted explosives of some kind.

HERE is that first Design World column by Teschler on the subject. It appeared in April 2020 under the headline “What 9/11 truthers do during a pandemic.” His second column, this month, elicited a letter of reply by Roland Angle, the new CEO at Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Both were discussed, HERE, last week by Angle and host Andy Steele on the program “9/11 Free Fall.”

As of yesterday or today, Teschler is no longer mentioned on Design World’s website. He was previously described on it as one of two executive editors.

— Mark Channing Miller