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A Review Of "9/11 Truther: The Fight For Peace, Justice And Accountability" By Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is the Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Development (IPRD). It is an independent, non-profit transdisciplinary research network promoting equality, sustainability and security. The IPRD (www.iprd.org.uk) analyses violent conflict in the context of global economic, ecological and energy crises.
He is a bestselling author and international security analyst, specializing in the historical sociology & political ecology of mass violence. Currently focusing on the intersection of global ecological, energy and economic crises, and their linkages with terrorism and state-militarization. His blog is available here, and his latest book and film are available here.
Nafeez was very influential to me over the years. Thank you for this wonderful review.
A bitter dose of heartfelt rationality in a field muddied by conspiracy industry dimwits
Recently, I was asked to do an interview for a French 9/11 Truth site known as reopen911.info. Here is the English version of that interview:
- This year is the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. What's on your mind, and how do you feel?
People are dying everyday. People that had absolutely nothing to do with the 9/11 atrocities. That's on my mind. Every year during the anniversary I feel sorrow for the 9/11 families. Make no mistake, I feel sorrow for all of them. However, I especially feel for those who question what we were told about that day. 9/11 Family Member Christina Kminek said something on 9/11/2006 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. She said, "I personally really hope for one year where September Eleventh I can remember those who perished, and my sister, in peace... and not surrounded by all the unanswered questions, and the political lies and drama. I'd like to finally focus on my sister." Enough is enough. It makes me mad just transcribing that sentence. Try putting yourself into the shoes of a family member. Imagine that someone you love was brutally murdered. Imagine that your Government lied to you about how and why they died. Imagine not knowing. Imagine having to watch the name of your loved one used to do horrific things in this country and around the world. Imagine trying everything within your power to get real justice, truth and accountability for what happened, and being blocked by a system that doesn't work. It's really unimaginable, isn't it?
Comments From The "Statement For 9/11 Justice"
The following are some of the comments left by people that signed the "Statement For 9/11 Justice." If you haven't signed it, why not?
"9/11 Needs a new investigation bigtime! Im from Ireland and my family and friends know 9/11 was something other than what we were told. It just dosnt make sense. Bring these criminals in government to justice! People of America, and the world deserve the truth!"
"It is the RIGHT thing to do to investigate the events of September 11 2001 properly and with full disclosure! We need the truth."
"I want this lie ended. I want the people who have lied to us held accountable for their lies. And i want the people who have covered up their lies, and who have refused to have them held accountable to be held accountable themselves. We (the U.S.) have murdered and slaughtered hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of innocent people based on the lies of 9/11. THERE IS *NO* JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS POST 9/11 WORLD."
Recently, I wrote a petition for people to sign called a "Statement For 9/11 Justice."
As of right now, there are 278 signatures. Not bad considering it was posted 5 days ago. Some of the people that have signed it that you may have heard of are 9/11 Family Member Lorie Van Auken, 9/11 Family Member Donna Marsh O'Connor, 9/11 First Responder Reggie Cervantes, 9/11 Whistleblowers Coleen Rowley and Sibel Edmonds, Cindy Sheehan, Ray McGovern, Dahlia Wasfi, John Judge, Daniel Sunjata, and journalists Pepe Escobar, William Rivers Pitt, and Jeremy R. Hammond.
A big thank you to them for lending their names to this statement.
To America, and the world.
We were lied to about 9/11. About the financing of the attacks, about foreknowledge of the attacks, about the air response that morning, and about many other aspects of the 9/11 atrocities.
Each investigation into 9/11, including the Joint Congressional Inquiry, the PENTTBOM investigation, the CIA IG, the DoD IG, the 9/11 Commission (especially the 9/11 Commission), and other investigations each had their own version of corruption and compromise.
Because we don't have subpoena power, access to all of the documentation, and access to all of the people that we would need to speak to, it is impossible for us to determine what actually happened that day, and who was ultimately responsible.
That being said, there are many provable lies and omissions concerning what we were told.
Therefore, we believe there is no justification for the "Post-9/11 World," and everything that entails.
We believe the "9/11 Card" that is often played by our politicians and the media no longer has merit, if it ever did.
We believe there needs to be real justice and accountability for what happened that day, and not the kind you find at GITMO.
In a talk I gave in Fresno recently, I said that "progressives" were afraid of losing their "pulpits" if they address the 9/11 issue.
I'm sorry, but this selfish reason is the best explanation I can think of as to why they don't (or, I could say that they are paid shills for the CIA, etc… but I'm not a "Conspiracy Theorist"). The lies and cover-ups of 9/11 are so glaringly obvious that when someone who supposedly stands for truth, justice, and accountability doesn't address them, I have to ask why.
As I said in my talk, the media has worked very hard to make anyone that questions the official account of 9/11 the equivalent of a dog torturer or a baby killer. Losing one's "pulpit" because of being painted with the "9/11 Truth Brush" is the best explanation I can think of.
"We don't know what really happened leading up to September 11th, do we?" is the quote. Sorry. I did it from memory.
Many thanks to Peace Fresno for allowing me the opportunity to speak.
This took place at Franklin Square in Philadelphia at the Occupy National Gathering.
Please tell people about this talk. Thank you. I hope to see you there.
If you want me to speak in your area, please contact me at Gold9472@comcast.net.
First, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS!!! Finally. Finally, the 9/11 First Responders that are sick and dying as a result of working down at the pile, have healthcare to take care of them. Healthcare that now includes cancer. It doesn't cover all cancers, so there might still be a fight, but it is certainly better than it was. It has been a long fight. I know. I have been there since almost the very beginning.
I, like many others, have done my best to be supportive of the 9/11 First Responders. To try and bring attention to their issue. I started an archive the day James Zadroga died that has been maintained for years. In January 2007, I held my very first fund-raiser for 9/11 First Responders. I managed to raise $3,290.00 that time. When Mike Bloomberg said that James Zadroga wasn't a hero, people like me were there to get Mike Bloomberg to apologize. Every time the FealGood Foundation went to Washington D.C., I did my best to promote their trips, and the resulting videos.
As I said, it has been a long fight. A hard fight. Because it is difficult to get politicians to do the right thing, sometimes concessions have to be made. Long ago, several 9/11 First Responders were very supportive of the "9/11 Truth Movement." Because of antics in the "9/11 Truth Movement," many 9/11 First Responders started to disassociate from the movement, and understandably so. However, another reason that 9/11 First Responders started to shy away from people in the "9/11 Truth Movement" was because being associated with that group, a group that has been relentlessly slandered and ridiculed by the "mainstream media," meant that it was harder to get politicians to do the right thing. In other words, if the 9/11 First Responders wanted the politicians to play ball, they also had to play the game.
Statement of September 11th Advocates Regarding Guantanamo Bay Military Tribunals ... No Justice for 9/11 Victims Found Here
For Immediate Release
May 4, 2012
It would seem that the U.S. Government found itself in a conundrum when they allowed prisoners, like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), to be tortured in secret prisons around the world. Once tortured, any confession or testimony from KSM, or others, could not be deemed reliable. Furthermore, the focus of the eventual proceedings would become a trial about the practice of torture, instead of being a trial about alleged terrorist crimes. That would have been untenable for the U.S. Government, which wants to avoid any and all accountability for their own crimes of torture.
A Surreal Journey into the Heart of the Beast Called the Police State
In this startling new memoir, Sibel Edmonds—the most classified woman in U.S. history—takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded. Having lived under Middle East dictatorships, Edmonds knows firsthand what can happen when government is allowed to operate in secret. Hers is a sobering perspective that combines painful experience with a rallying cry for the public’s right to know and to hold the lawbreakers accountable. With U.S. citizens increasingly stripped of their rights in a calibrated media blackout, Edmonds’ story is a wake-up call for all Americans who, willingly or unwillingly, traded liberty for illusive security in the wake of 9/11
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My argument is NOT that there were no hijackers.
For the last year or so, one of my "pet projects" has been to search the video archives of C-SPAN for statements made about different people, different events, and make short movies out of them. They cover a multitude of topics, including NORAD's response, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the Israeli Art Students, Saudi Arabia, and many others. Here is my C-SPAN Movie Collection, in the order they were created.
Praise For The 9/11 Report
Kristen Breitweiser's Testimony Before The Joint Congressional Inquiry Into 9/11 - 9/18/2002
People Need To Be Held Accountable For 9/11
Opening Statement Of Eleanor Hill At The Joint Congressional Inquiry Into 9/11 - 9/18/2002