Has FOX Become an Attack Dog to Silence Critics of Bush Administration, Asks Scholars for 9/11 Truth

Scholars for 9/11 Truth has put out a new press release:

Television commentators compare 9/11 truth-seekers to terrorists. The 9/11 experts reject the comparison.

Madison, WI (PRWEB) October 23, 2006 --- Has the Fox television broadcasting network become an attack dog to silence critics of the Bush administration? A group of American citizens called Scholars for 9/11 Truth says yes. They charge that commentators on the Fox network, already known for its conservative bias, have maliciously compared the 9/11 scholars to terrorists and suggested that the FBI follow their members 24 hours a day, thereby contradicting the network’s motto of being "fair and balanced".

"The Fox News Network has gone to war with Scholars for 9/11 Truth," founder and co-chair James Fetzer said. "FOX has used ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ and ‘Hannity & Colmes’ as attack dogs against 9/11 truth-seekers. These broadcasters charge that we have supplied ‘material support’ for terrorists, which paves the way for us to be classified as ‘enemy combatants.’ That means that our members can be arrested and held indefinitely with no charges simply for questioning the government. That smacks of unAmericanism."

"If it can happen to us, it can happen to anyone," Fetzer said. "The situation is fraught with ironies", he added. "The President himself has admitted that Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11. The FBI has acknowledged that it has ‘no hard evidence’ relating Osama to 9/11. But if neither Saddam nor Osama had anything to do with 9/11, then who was responsible? That’s the question that we are trying to answer. Fox treats us as terrorists for wanting to know. There’s nothing ‘fair and balanced’ about these attacks."

(more after the jump..)

Fox News as Attack Dogs

Scholars for 9/11 Truth, a non-partisan organization of students, experts, and faculty, has more than 300 members, among them physicists, engineers, and pilots who dispute the government’s account of 9/11. Supporters of the society include distinguished theologian David Ray Griffin, BYU physicist Steven Jones, former head of the U.S. "Star Wars" research program Bob Bowman, MIT engineer Jeff King, and former Bush administration chief economist Morgan Reynolds.

Fetzer charged that on October 12-13, Fox broadcasters launched "a prolonged and vindictive assault upon me, Kevin Barrett and all the members of the 9/11 truth movement." Rich Lowry, sitting in for the absent Sean Hannity, hosted a ‘terrorism expert’ who said that the 9/11 scholars were serving as "recruiting instruments" and providing terrorists with "material support." Fetzer found it stunning.

"This is a chillingly obvious tactic by Fox to lay the groundwork for having the 9/11 scholars and anyone labeled ‘an unlawful enemy combatant,’" Fetzer said, "because that’s one of the new technical definitions under The Military Commissions Act. " Other critics of the government’s account of 9/11, including syndicated talk show host Alex Jones, have been outraged by Fox’s effort to identify 9/11 critics with terrorists. In his latest column, Jones observed that they are following the lead of the President himself, who suggested that 9/11 critics are "terrorist recruiters" in a recent speech.

Basic Civil Rights at Stake

Kurt Nimmo, a columnist for Counterpunch, an on-line journal of commentary and opinion, has been troubled by O’Reilly’s proposal that James Fetzer and Kevin Barrett should be followed by the FBI. "But then, as we know, or as some of us know, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are now effectively dead," he writes. "Increasingly, it is a crime to question the government, especially in an academic setting, just the same as it was after the Nazis took over German."

"The problem," Barrett added, "is that our loyalty to the nation and to the Constitution overrides our loyalty to President Bush and his administration. Before being hired to teach, I signed an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. If our research is well-founded, this administration is practicing terrorism against the American people. As Gore Vidal said, the enemy is within. It is our duty to defend this nation and its Constitution against a criminal administration."

The situation has been compounded by The New York Times’ failure to report that, under the new "Military Commissions Act", American citizens may now be classified as "unlawful enemy combatants" at the whim of the President, Fetzer said. "I am shocked and dismayed that our nation's newspaper of record cannot even accurately report the most stunning subversion of the Constitution in our history by falsely asserting that citizens are not covered by the law" ("President Signs New Rules To Prosecute Terror Suspects", October 18, 2006).

"Perhaps the reporter, Sheryl Gay Stolberg didn't bother to read even the first few paragraphs of the Military Commissions Act," Fetzer observed, "but when she writes that it ‘strips the federal courts of jurisdiction to hear petitions from non-citizens for writs of habeas corpus,’ she fails to reflect the language of the act. There is no provision for exceptions for American citizens!" Writs of habeas corpus require that the government provide justification for holding a person in custody, a fundamental legal right that dates from the Magna Carta.

Polls Reflect Public Skepticism

Barrett and Fetzer have been repeatedly attacked on FOX programs, including both "O’Reilly" and "Hannity & Colmes", which came to a head on October 12-13, 2006. According to O’Reilly, for example, Barrett and Fetzer maintain that President Bush is responsible for the murder of 3,000 persons by orchestrating the events of 9/11, a charge for which they "have no evidence". In his response, Fetzer observed that there are hundreds of studies, documents, records, and photographs archived on st911.org, which support the claim that the "official account" the government has advanced is false.

"Of course, O’Reilly gave an exaggerated version of our position. He would probably have been astonished to know that, after I appeared on The Jerry Springer Show about two months ago, he formulated a question that was clearly intended to elicit a minimal positive response. ‘Did George Bush kill 3,000 of his fellow citizens on 9/11 for political gain?’, Springer asked. 66% answered, ‘Yes!’" Although this was not a scientific poll, it suggests that O’Reilly may not be up-to-speed about public perceptions of the events of 9/11, Fetzer said.

In fact, according to a more recent New York Times/CBS poll, 53% of the American public thinks that the administration is hiding the truth from the American people and 28% believe it is lying. Only 16% believe that the administration has been telling the truth. "I’m really not surprised," said Fetzer, "considering that they have been withholding massive quantities of evidence in 12 categories from public inspection. They clearly have a lot to hide. All we want to know is how and why 3,000 of our fellow citizens died on 9/11."

9/11 scholars/terrorists

My response to this article is simplistic, but whenever I am reprimanded or questioned for being unpatriotic in my viewpoints, I answer by asking why it is unpatriotic to support the firefighters, other first responders, and victim's families in their quest for a new investigation? Nobody wants to make a statement against the families, especially the firefighters, and this generally shuts them up on the "anti-American" point.



They need schollars to talk

They need schollars to talk about how Al-qaeda isn't even a terrorist group, and how they are patsies, and help the drug trafficking of opium into turkey and such. That'll cause some stirs.

Maybe it is time for the 911

Maybe it is time for the 911 truth movement to start a boycott against the Fox News Network?

More effective

might be a boycott of all advertisers of Fox.


Somebody start the list....

...(of Faux advertisers)...I can't bring myself to watch it.....economic activism is always the best approach....

Marches, demonstrations don't matter to the people that we're trying to reach (especially when they're not covered in the corporate media), boycotts and "buycotts" are another matter...

At the risk of sounding like my late Aunt Margie, let's have some "pocketbook polls", folks....

Faux News Advertisers 10/22/06

From foxnews.com as of 10/22/06:

American Airlines (sponsor)
Merck (sponsor)
Norwich University
Lincoln Retirement Institute
The Anti-Drug
Eye Wonder Labs
Victoria's Secret

The Anti-Drug

We all start to smoke crack.

Citgo? ha.. that's ironic..

Citgo? ha.. that's ironic..

Yeah, I noticed that too....

....go figure.....

(The "let's smoke crack" comment below is funny)

Fox News

Fox News is a sick joke. Look at their lineup. A sex pervert named O’Reilly. A goon named Hannity. A treasonous felon named North. A complete skank named Colter. The list goes on. The whole media sucks. Fox is just the worst. When 9/11 justice is served, these people will hang along with the neocons and their big money backers. Have I told you lately how much I hate these people?

O'Reilly, Hannity, North, & the rest of Fox News are clearly...

government assets/agents/shills, IMO. Such assets are "embedded" throughout the mainstream media, but Fox News & CNN seem to be overrun with them.

Harvard Neocon Controlled

Alan Dershowitz is a Harvard professor. He is a tie died in the wool Israel First Neocon traitor. This legal scholar supports torture.

The un-American activities at Harvard are a part of the problem. The institution is not a source for a solution.

From the unibomber to Jeffery Skilling, Harvard has failed America by producing "white collar" gentlemen criminals.

Harvard is over represented by a minority group that has turned the institution into their own little "club."

When Harvard students and faculty represent, directly and equally, the percentage of all ethnic groups in America, we might then think of Harvard with some respect. Until then, Harvard is a shameful institution.

not totally

Lawrence Summers was kicked out as President (and given a golden handshake) mostly by a rebellious faculty who couldn't stand him.

He appointed Robert Rubin (of Citigroup and friend of Enron) and other cronies to the all-powerful board.

There is definitely a Zionist clique at Harvard but it is known to exist and not entirely embraced by everyone. Of course you won't hear much about this, but there are good books like Harvard Rules that get into the nitty gritty.


Real Truther a.k.a. Verdadero Verdadero

WTCdemolition.com - Harvard Task Force


Here here

I agree Fox news appears to be nothing more than a lightly cloaked hit group who's mission seems to be to cast aspersions on legitimate truth researchers. Generally they offer no corroborating evidence for their positions. Instead they offer blusterous condescending insults.
If we ever get to the bottom of this mess the complicity of these people will have to be adressed. Personally I think some goverment agency possibly the CIA has thoroughlly infiltrated our news media.

These secret governments within government must go. The less secrets the better!


IS the propaganda tool of choice for this administration and the Republican party. 'Nuff said.

When Crimes are Committed

A criminal is only dangerous when he or she fears exposure. Perhaps that is what the Millitary Commission Act of 2006 is all about. 600,000 dead and Iraq in the midst of civil war while the sectarian militias are becomming more powerful than the occupying U.S. forces. And if bush stays the course, there may very well be thousands of body bags comming home with no conclusion of the hostilities in sight. All the while the U.S. debt is soaring leaving little left to combat the catastrophy presented by global warming. The Afghanistan situation is deteriorating to the point where the only way that stability can be maintained is by a permanent U.S. presence. The plan to capture Eurasian and Middle Eastern oil deposits appears to be comming apart at the seams. Perhaps the Bush administration is anticipating a mass rejection of all his policies for the last 6 years. Or perhaps he is readying for an assualt on Iran and needs legislation in place to quell any dissent. Let get back to the tactics we are using for the 9/11 investigation. Let's assume that this administration isn't going to let the plan to reshape the middle east slip over the next two years. What would he do. He can't maintain his position in Iraq without a massive increase in the number of troops he has there. He has to win the war on the ground and that cannot be done with 140,000 troups. His plan called for the fall of Iran as well which will require the injection of hundreds of thousands of troops in addition to the 500,000 he needs in Iraq. Perhaps he is preparing for another more catastrophic 9/11 that would trigger a plan for the implimentation of martial law and the roundup of all dissenters for the duration of the conflict. Consider that Dick Chaney uttered "We have finally overcome the Vietnam syndrome." I don't want to appear pessimistic, but then I think we have to think about what those who started this program to invade Iraq really have in store for us. They aren't going to go out empty handed, and that's the way it is stacking with the way things stand now.

In regards to new technology

Hydrogen fuel technology is ready today. We have been lied to by the media and the establishment. One of the very first internal combustion engines ran on an electrolytic gas. I'm including some links for people to check out. We can TODAY with minor conversions run our vehicles on water. YES H2O! This has been known for some time but it has been buried. Some of you may have seen specials on new military weapons that don't use gun powder. These weapons basically use the ideas of Stanley Meyer who invented a stand alone water powered car. If the word can spread about this technology it would crush the oil industry which has a death grip on our nation and others. The energy industry is claiming fuel cells are years away. This is a complete DISTRACTER. Fuel cells enable them to continue being middle men for our sources of fuel. We can literally produce "hydroxy" gas on demand with out needing fuel cells or hydrogen gas holding tanks. Spread the word. We need to screw over the oil industry rapidly folks.


'Under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951
, the government
may impose a secrecy order on patent applications submitted to the
Patent Office whenever the disclosure of the inventions described in
such applications "might be detrimental to the national security".

At the end of Fiscal Year 2006, there were 4,942 secrecy orders in
effect, a slight increase from the previous year's total of 4,915,
according to data provided to Secrecy News
by the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office under the Freedom of Information Act (and
very promptly, too).'

http://www.zpenergy .com/modules. php?name= News&file= article&sid= 2082

Source: Free Energy News

http://freeenergyne ws.com/

"... In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual." (Galileo Galilei, 1564 - 1642)

That reminds me....

Since this has opened up the discussion to energy, hydrogen fuel, Meyer hydroxy and patents.... would anybody mind of I offered a short plug for my struggling day job?


"The truth shall make you free." Why not make the truth free? We live on a priceless blue pearl, awash in a universe of fire and ice. Cut the crap.

Why Fox?

But Fox is the only network that will even have them on. Seems to me like they should be complaining about CNN and MSNBC. Those damn liberals!

The title of this press release is missing from this copy . . .

For whatever difference it may make, the title given is actually the subtitle. The title of the release is:

Has FOX Become an Attack Dog to Silence Critics of Bush Administration, Asks Scholars for 9/11 Truth

Fox has them on in a desperate attmept to discredit them...

because truthers' strength continues to grow!


The media is corrupt but what about the schools?

Harvard University had a reputation as one of the best colleges. Could they lose that position? What happens when we get past all this and the academic community is mostly silent? In the future, will the University of Minnesota at Duluth and the University of Wisconsin at Madison be more respectable than Harvard and MIT? How can MIT do that awful study of the collapse of WTC? What’s wrong with them? What’s going on?

Read it and weep [really].


We have a monster climb ahead of us. The screw-job done on America is through and through.


"The truth shall make you free." Why not make the truth free? We live on a priceless blue pearl, awash in a universe of fire and ice. Cut the crap.

Show "Academic Reputation" by Eric Blair (not verified)

You know what? I graduated

You know what? I graduated from UMD. I Had Fetzer as a prof. there. I have a lot of confidence in my engineering skills. If you base a study of a collapse with the neglect of 47-18X36inchX1000ft.lng steel box beams with an average thickness of 2 inches is to base logic on a false premise. They don’t just disagree with me. They are wrong. I’m really sure of it.


"If you base a study of a collapse with the neglect of 47-18X36inchX1000ft.lng steel box beams with an average thickness of 2 inches is to base logic on a false premise."


Eric: "What?"

Well, did you know there WERE 47-18"x36" x1000ft tall box beems averaging 2 inches thick, starting with four inch think walls at the base?

Did you even know these existed? FEMA, NIST, Kean.... kind'a left out these bits.

That's why any study which side-steps this reality... can't be respected.... in reality.


"The truth shall make you free." Why not make the truth free? We live on a priceless blue pearl, awash in a universe of fire and ice. Cut the crap.

This message is idiotic on

This message is idiotic on its face. Firstly, any one who has dealt with graduate level work knows that programs in specific areas have different strengths. What you are doing is appealing to authority. You're making the claim that none of the ST 9/11 folks hail from an Ivy league school as if they are the end all of academia. This is complete rubbish. For example, Harvards neuroscience program blows compared with UC San Diego. Wash U. has been ranked higher than Ivy league schools for medicine. There are many other schools who are ranked or have larger programs than the equivalent at an Ivy league.

Stop appealing to authority because it destroys any legitimate arguements you might actually have.

"... In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual." (Galileo Galilei, 1564 - 1642)

Appeal to Authority

The "Scholars" are the ones appealing to authority. I am unappealing to authority. Look at their press releases, all they do is brag about all of their structural engineers, mechanical engineers, and aerospace engineers. What engineers? The only structural engineer they have is 74 years old, retired and managing a golf course in Florida. Their only mechanical engineer, Judy Wood, quit the group claiming it was a fraud and is now insisting the Death Star blew up the WTC. Their only aerospace engineer is some French guy who claims the US military is testing anti-matter weapons on Jupiter. Out of 400,000 college professors in the US, less than 70 have joined their group, and many of them are retired, or untenured. Even fewer of them have any experience in relevent fields. Their most common speciality is philosophy for God's sake.

I am not making a pretense to authority, I am pointing out the false pretenses of others.

Universities have interests

Universities have funders.

What's going on is that shills were placed/groomed at Harvard...

& other institutions, plus the gov't probably gave Harvard all sorts of grant money, contracts, & other bribes to look the other way re: 9/11.

Harvard gets 400,000,000 dollars every year from the feds

Plus, one of their Profs of History served as senior adviser to the 9/11 Commission. They have hosted Zelikow, Feith, Chertoff, and many others giving talks. Plenty of people here know, they are just too invested in the system to take any brave stands. Students are beginning to wake up to 9/11 though, and once we crack this nut, it really is over--the world's eyes are always on Harvard and people love to follow its lead.


Real Truther a.k.a. Verdadero Verdadero

WTCdemolition.com - Harvard Task Force


Harvards, please come to

Harvards, please come to Minnesota and or Wisconsin. I dunno, we might have better freedom here. I will tell face to face. I go to 911.truth events. When I ask what's wrong I don't mean you personally. We know the score here. Frankly, there are some on this I'm not going to post. Let's get the academic network ging on 911. Not only that Harvard trruthers, keep it up cuz we are with ya don’t ya know.

I'll tell it like it is about Harvard

I've had to unlearn half the crap I was taught there, and it's no surprise to me that students are still being taught crap. That said I also learned some useful stuff. And the commenter above is bang on--some people make the mistake (esp. grad students) of picking Harvard because it's Harvard without regard to the fact that some departments here are crap. It's true with every university--each has its strengths and weaknesses. Harvard's biggest strength? It knows how to milk wealthy alums, and for that it has to create wealthy alums, and for that well, let's say that truth doesn't always pay as well as crime.

Now all that said, tehre are some bright kids at Harvard who are being indoctrinated in various ways into becoming soulless little Eichmanns for the current powers that be. Some people get away with using Harvard for these ends because there is too much complacency among everyone involved--why rock the meal-ticket boat, whether you are student, faculty or staff?

What is needed is SHAME. People at Harvard seem not to ever be ashamed of not using their privilege for anything but self-advancement. For shame to work there needs to be awareness.

And for better or worse, the world loves to watch Harvard. If it happens here ti will get noticed more than if it happens at UW--fair? No, but that's how silly people are when it comes to brands and reputations and such. I am not the only Harvard truther but probably I am the most vocal and visible, and I can't wake this place up by myself--this is a place that the powers that be think they have wrapped up. Don't blame them, when Chertoff comes to talk at the Law School and nary a protest is heard.

With Harvard Square having a history of resistance, with Dylan and Baez frolicking here, you'd hope the students would catch a bit of the fever, but no, even the Square is being turned into a shopping mall for the rich. We need boots on the ground in symbolic places, we need their websites and blogsites to be read and critiqued.... Try thecrimson.com, or campustap.com. Engage these kids--don't let them wallow in ignorance before they inherit the reins from the powers that be! Resistance is possible--there ARE some good apples that come out of here--like frikkin ME. But we are outnumbered and need help!


Real Truther a.k.a. Verdadero Verdadero

WTCdemolition.com - Harvard Task Force


Harvard is Crap?

Professor Alan Dershowitz...oh yeah...crap, pure crap.

plus the gov't probably gave

plus the gov't probably gave Harvard all sorts of grant money, contracts, & other bribes to look the other way re: 9/11.

They bribed the entire faculty? That must have been expensive. Did they do this for the entire rest of the Ivy League too?

Hello Eric:

Since you continue to hang out here, your willingness to 'be present' is commendable, in and of itself.

By your comment, I sense a touch of sarcasm and [appropriate, I think] disbelief in a massive payoff schedule for what would have amounted to a great expense, truly. I do agree, that by an economics only approach to the subject, postulating an affordable success is NOT readily apparent.

Yet allow me to first point out some of the "money stakes" less well known, even by this very movement (yet improvements in this understanding are measurable).... and second, and more powerful, some of the mind sets, attitudes, and eclipsing world views which money just can't buy.

In simple cash money, tangible, negotiable commodity.... it can be soundly argued that there are some two hundred trillion dollars (yes, that's what I said, 200 "T" in U.S. dollars... whatever they're worth in 2006.) at play that the overlords want to keep there dirty hands rubbed in. Skimming and scamming such a river of commerce, offers a thousand ways to Sunday, to direct, bribe, pay-off, hush, silence, kill.... for the wheels of this corrupt machine, there's plenty of grease. Please don't kid yourself.

What money can't RELIABLY buy, are traitors and true believers. Traitors, are people who know what the document said (and meant) which they swore an Oath to uphold and defend, yet still take the bribe or treasure in whatever form it takes, to kill and cheat those they swore to serve.

A true believer, whom by definition can't be bought... has always represented the most pernicious, deleterious, destructive and lethal from of opponent. It's vastly more "economical" to make a true believer (believers are made, not born) who will WILLINGLY advance a nefarious and inhuman cause... all the while, NEVER thinking nor even feeling compelled to spend a moments of introspection or reflection, to realize, acknowledge or account for their harmful deeds, complicity, or role in the machine.

I'll stop rembling at this point...... please consider exploring on your own, these dynamics, which are quite real... yet less discussed in top-down "outcome based" education.... and even for the marbled halls of higher learning, creeped over with ivy.

Take care, Eric


"The truth shall make you free." Why not make the truth free? We live on a priceless blue pearl, awash in a universe of fire and ice. Cut the crap.


In simple cash money, tangible, negotiable commodity.... it can be soundly argued that there are some two hundred trillion dollars (yes, that's what I said, 200 "T" in U.S. dollars... whatever they're worth in 2006.) at play that the overlords want to keep there dirty hands rubbed in. Skimming and scamming such a river of commerce, offers a thousand ways to Sunday, to direct, bribe, pay-off, hush, silence, kill.... for the wheels of this corrupt machine, there's plenty of grease. Please don't kid yourself.

Soundly argued by who? Considering the entire net worth of the US is estimated at only $60-70 trillion, and that includes everything, like real estate, stocks, bonds, my wife's wedding ring etc. the idea that some evil international syndicate has a slush fund with 3 times this much money in it is laughable by anyone who has ever taken a freshman economics course.

Could you people be any more paranoid?

Watch out, thereis a Jewish banker hiding behind your couch!

Soundly, you're not.

Hello Eric:

It's true, I could have worded that better, like saying "commerce in trade on the world stage if measured in fiat U.S. dollars, which Skimmers and Scammers like to dabble in." However, there is NOTHING in my posting which should permit you bending my words to imply an accumulated, dedicated account such as a slush fund in the possession of a Jew hiding behind my couch.

It was me, not you, who TRIED to open the discussion much further beyond money alone, as the existence of 47 box beams is something I agreed was important to discuss (I see you ignored that). I also pointed out that I felt the "belief" in a cause was vastly more influential than ANY AMOUNT of money.... yet you skipped that topic also.... and chose Joz baiting and paranoia instead.

As that is the kind of game you play, by insinuation of new words and concepts from me which I DID NOT SAY... you and I are done. Go back to fucking yourself.


"The truth shall make you free." Why not make the truth free? We live on a priceless blue pearl, awash in a universe of fire and ice. Cut the crap.

not the T word! again

Dont u just get tired of the T word, being trotted out tim and again. It used to be the C word (communist, or commie), now people labele their enemies 'terrrorists'. The word is losing all meaning.
Meanhwhile,. the real terrorists, those who use violence to achieve poltiical ends( Clinton and Bush in Iraq) get off scot free

Murdoch off the reservation?

That Fox report was actually straight reporting. No name calling. It was an invitation to dial up the scholar's web site. My two cents.


I am sure that even the Feds (field agents) KNOW that this is a ridiculous charge. O'Reilly is probably more likely to be on their watch list than any member of ST911. See:http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1013043mackris1.html

Kurt Nimmo

Thought he quit Counterpunch. Could have sworn I saw a comment, perhaps even from him, on this site to that effect.


to Fetzer for slamming NYT for giving the Military Commissions Act a big fat yawn!! It's BEYOND shameful and I am so pleased he addressed this with his trademark righteous indignation about things we should all be righteously indignant about.

So what is the advertising sponsorship irony?

Fox has Citgo and...American Airlines? Imagine that!