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Finding Truth in "Unlikely" Places

I received the following email from a friend of mine this afternoon -- and I think it's the kind of story everyone likes to hear. My friend is a pilot (and a member of Pilots for 9/11 Truth) and works at the airport of a West Coast city. He wrote:

I just had an interesting conversation. I was sitting at the food court in [the] airport on my computer and I overheard two TSA (Transportation Security Administration) guys talking about 9/11. They were definite skeptics of the official story. I went to the Pilots for 9/11 Truth website and took my computer over to their table and showed it to them. At first, they seemed a bit mistrustful, like I was going to launch into an angry defense of the official story, but when they figured out what the site was about and when I told them that I was one of the organizers of the [David Ray Griffin] event, we proceeded to get into a very friendly, lively discussion about several topics.

9/11 Truth at the Anti-War Protests This Weekend

I'm sure many Truthers are planning to make an appearance at the rallies and marches against the Iraq War this weekend. I'll be at Portland's protest tomorrow with a sign that says "End the 9/11 Lies, End the 9/11 Wars." I'm interested in accounts by Truthers of their experiences at these events, where 9/11 Truth is received with varying levels of enthusiasm, so to speak.

Just now, on C-SPAN's coverage of the event in DC, I saw two 9/11 Truth signs -- one right up front in the crowd, and one visible over Cynthia McKinney's shoulder as she was speaking. Good work, folks in DC!

Portland's Willamette Week covers 9/11 Truth

Last week, Portland 9/11 Truth hosted an evening with Mary Starrett and representatives of Evangelicals Against the War. At the last minute, we were told we couldn't use the leftist bookstore where we usually hold our meetings and presentations, because members of the store's collective felt that Starrett and the evangelical folk (who are very savvy and very outspoken about 9/11 Truth) would be "violating their safe space." A reporter from one of the two local alternative weeklies thought this was an interesting angle (because clearly the truth about the events of 9/11 doesn't rate on its own /snark) and covered the event in both her online column and an editorial in today's print edition.

A video of Starrett's presentation was posted as a blog last week. I encourage people to watch it not just for Starrett, who was the Constitution Party's candidate for governor of Oregon last year, but for the speaker from Evangelicals Against the War, whose comments preceed her talk. I'll be the first to insist that we disagree on many important issues. At this juncture in history, however, I want to make some kind of alliance with anyone who recognizes that the lies about 9/11 are at the root of a genocidal war abroad, and an Orwellian subversion of our civil liberties at home, and these people do.

And feel free to offer a little truth to Portlanders in the comments here: Willy Week.

Mary Starrett, the Constitution Party's 2006 Candidate for Governor of Oregon, says 9/11 was an inside job.

Portland 9/11 Truth hosted an evening with local media figure and politico Mary Starrett on Wednesday, February 28. In addition to Ms. Starrett, we heard a representative of a local Evangelical Christian group called "Believers Against the War" and had a number of members of that group as guests as well. They all pull no punches when it comes to 9/11 Truth.

A reporter for the Willamette Week was present and interviewed Ms. Starrett for her online column and possibly an article in the print version of the paper. (Ha ha, Phoenix -- you all have the "Phoenix New Times" and our local alterna-paper actually employs real journalists.) The Willamette Week column is here.

In addition, the whole presentation was recorded by a member of our group:

Arizona 9/11 Accountability Conference Removes Williams

Arizona 9/11 Truth, sponsor of the 9/11 Accountability Conference taking place in Chandler in late February, has removed Eric Williams from its list of speakers and from its program schedule. Earlier today, a post of mine noted that he had been re-titled on the conference website's "Contact Us" page from "Conference Director and Webmaster" to "Vendor Coordinator." He remains on the contact page in this reduced capacity.

Earlier this week, delver of TruthMove posted a blog alerting the 9/11 community to the fact that Williams is currently promoting a book with on Auschwitz which refers to the "alleged Holocaust."

The Eleventh = Action Day for Truth and Accountability

A discussion of this idea began in an unrelated thread, and as I've been meaning to blog it I felt like I'd better get busy. 2007 has to be the year that we move from visibility on the internet to visibility in the real world as a movement, as many of us have been doing individually and in our small local groups. Coordination of these events -- not in the sense of orders handed down from a non-existent top, but as grassroots groups sharing ideas -- is one way to amplify our message. The recent Tea Parties were an outstanding example of networking to promote an especially catchy meme. Monthly events on the eleventh could be much simpler and require less preparation -- freeway blogging around a central message, a sit-down at a common site (such as City Hall or network news headquarters) and so forth. There are advantages both to months when the eleventh falls on a weekday (workday commutes) and the weekend (when more time-consuming events might be possible.) (February, March, August, and November are the months when the eleventh is on a weekend this year.) What are your ideas for actions that groups around the country could take up with you?

Forming Local Groups

Below is something I've been working on to contribute to the new "activism" page here at 911blogger. I'd like to get some feedback, especially from people currently in groups or those who would like to start them in the near future. Also, because this information needs to be edited for brevity, feedback about which points are most important and which may be "too obvious" is also appreciated.

911bloggers who come from the right side of the political aisle are especially encouraged to comment -- my organizing experience prior to my 9/11 work has definitely been among leftists. How would you get the word out to libertarians/ Libertarians, Constitutionalists, and other potentially interested groups? Could you leaflet a gun show? (I'm not kidding -- I've been to gun shows!)

Forming Local Groups

If you’re used to interacting with other truthers online for the most part, you will probably find meeting with a group of people in real life exciting and a great source of support and inspiration.

Starting your group.

First, check around and see if one exists in your area already! The places you need to check will also be the places you use to get the word out if you don’t find a group that already exists. Check meetup.com, yahoo groups, google groups – search under a variety of terms (9/11 Truth, 9/11 Skepticism, 9/11 Visibility, plain ol’ 9/11) or if possible, scan all the groups meeting in your community, especially under headings like politics and current events. Scope out your local version of craigslist if you have one, and likewise your closest community indymedia.org. Local independent weekly papers will sometimes list groups in their personals sections. Be sure to check 911truth.org and their list of grassroots contacts.

Iranian Official's Statement: 9/11 Official Narrative = Make-believe

Rawstory's coverage and comments

Two looming issues here: why would Iran come out with this statement NOW and how is the US government going to spin it -- i.e., just another reason to nuke Iran?

Clearly, the man's statement refers to the entire official narrative, not specifically to an absence of planes at the WTC.

Add to it this adjacent story and see what you get:

Saudi Arabia Confirms Terrorist Threat to Oil Facilities

Reuters: "Western naval forces in the Gulf have been deployed to counter a possible seaborne threat to its Ras Tanura oil terminal."

Newly Released 30 Minute Amateur Video of WTC Attack

I just saw this video, made by a couple whose apartment offered an incredible view of the North Tower. There are several interesting things about it that I caught on an initial viewing: witness describes "military plane" hitting South Tower (no shot of it, though), another witness describes plane as "really big," intense shots of the pyroclastic flows, shot of the "spire" component of the structure (left after collapse almost complete) seeming to collapse straight down rather than topple.

http://www.revver.com/view.php?id=59686

Rodriguez withdraws from his RICO suit against Bush and Cheney

Here is the text of a letter that was forwarded to me via my local 9/11 group. Withdrawing is certainly Mr. Rodriguez's personal business and his perogative, but without a new plaintiff, the suit is kaput.

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Phil Berg here.

www.911forthetruth. com

Urgent - By now, most of you are aware that William "Willie" Rodriguez
recently has asked for his name and therefore, our RICO law suit
against Bush, Cheney and 54 other defendants to be withdrawn.

There is a 5 year statute of limitations on RICO [9/11/06], although I
believe we can argue that since there is no statute of limitations on
murder, there should be no limitation on our RICO case re 911.

I need a plaintiff to file a new law suit on Monday, 9/11/06.

I am speaking with several people.

Do you know someone - the ideal person for RICO is a person or family
member that lost a loved one, that was also lost their business.
Second, I am looking for one that was injured and lost their job.

If you know of someone, please call me immediately:

free office # (800) 993-PHIL [7445]

Thank you.

Phil

Philip J. Berg, Esquire
706 Ridge Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444-1711

United 93: Interesting perspective from a local.

This blog is pretty insulting to Nevadans and working class people, but nonetheless I found it very interesting in terms of local geography.

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