Amy Goodman Interrupted
(This is YT's blog, but I was the moderator who posted Col. Bowman's email without getting both sides of the story. My apologies to Mike and Col. Bowman, I hope you two can work things out. -r.)
Mike sent me the footage of his February 10 encounter with Amy Goodman at Florida Institute of Technology and asked me to edit it and get it online. The day after the event at FIT, Bob Bowman had circulated an email castigating Mike's actions that night and Mike felt that he had been misrepresented. He wanted his side of the story told and I promised I would help. So here's the video from that event, along with Mike's response to Dr. Bowman's letter.
Kevin Barrett had Mike on his show yesterday but I don't have a link to it yet.
In the chaos, a few seconds of footage got taped over. Other than that, this is the entire event, unaltered:
Because there's two sides to every story and it's time for mine.
First off i am the one who bullhorned UFPJ in DC. That was a spur of the moment thing. Amy Goodman wasn't. Dr. Bob breaks my heart by writing this not just because he is inaccurate with the facts (as the video will show), but I spent literally hundreds of hours of MY free time volunteering on HIS campaign for congress in our district. I canvassed until my feet hurt and it was too dark to knock on doors, sometimes all weekend and after work weekdays. I begged everyone i knew who owns property (residential and business) to allow me to put up his campaign signs. I even nailed some to the posts and channel markers on the intercoastal waterway so boats could see em too. I spent hours and hours in the hot ass Florida sun handing out flyers in the biggest parking lots i could find, I attended rallies, I talked about the guy til i turned blue in the face, and drove my girlfiend nuts. I've met him more times than I can remember and even went to his house with another volunteer to give him his p.o. box mail one night. So for him to send out this e-mail and speak of me as if he doesn't know me and was just some nut case in the crowd who has hurt the movement is like I said truly heart breaking. I even called him one hour after this sh*t happened and apologized to him personally.
Me, I deal in reality and facts. So lets go down the list of let's say not so true info in his e-mail. First there were only 300 people the not 1,000 (it was held at the Gleason auditorium at F.I.T in Melbourne FL in case anyone wants to verify). I stress this this because there is a 700 person difference and remember that i was a "kook" in front of these people. Next the first thing i did was stand up and Ask Amy several times loudly with my voice (not the bullhorn) why she ignores the 911 truth movement, and how she can critcize corporate media yet she ignores 911 truth? She was NOT cooperative like Bob said. She tried to ignore me at first and continue on with the same speech she's been giving at every stop on her book tour. So by then it got loud and the so-called progressive peace activists started trying to tackle and grab me, i had to fight them off. At that time I then reached into my bookbag and grabbed my megaphone. I only got one sentence out through it and I believe it was "why do you inadequately cover the 911 truth movement"? People were yelling at me and grabbing me. She then said something to the effect of encouraging people to go to her website and look at the Sept 11th thing she did with regards to the loose change pop mechanics debate (for the record I was at ground zero that morning 9/11/06 and I spoke to Jason Bermas almost right after he returned and saw it when I returned to Fl. She just sat there with her sour face as if she couldn't wait til it was over. Also I went on to the Democracy Now site and searched 9-11 in the archives and came up with a bunch of weak Michael Moore-type stuff. No building 7, no Pentagon, no NORAD, etc etc) she tried to talk around me in hopes that the crazy a*s people grabbing me would just hurry up and get me outta there so she can continue with her self righteous bullsh*t.
As for the last of Bob's comments about it being counter productive and embarrassing to you all. Well, lets put it this way. Like I said there were only 300 people there (5 or 6) i knew as truthers and about I'd say 70% of em were seniors who are down here in Florida on retirernment and only came out that night, because it reminded them of the good old days when they were hippies that used to think for themselves. But none of that matters cuz I didn't go there to make friends (which I did - I'll get to that in a sec). I went there to let Amy Goodman know I don't put her narrow a*s up on a pedestal, and that she can't get away with criticizing the media and she's no better, in fact she's worse, because we expect that from them. She's supposed to be the beacon of truth to the people that reject what CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, MSNBC and the rest of those d*uchebags have to say.
Oh and I did reunite with an old friend two days later when I was trying to find out who stole my bullhorn in all the chaos. She is now the President of the Space Coast Alliance, the group that hosted Amy and after I apologized to her she said that she was sorry all that happened and that she was unaware of 911 truth and that she would love for me to school her and maybe even bring it into there organization. So eat your words, Bob. I did tell her to tell the people that 911 was an inside job, Dr. Bob only told half the story and as for waiting for the question and answers part I encourage eveyone to go to you tube and type in Amy Goodman 911 truth. The very first video i believe it's about a minute long is a 911 truther asking her at the book signing of this same stupid speech and she half a*s answers his question and I believe her brother who co-wrote their book "static" or some sh*t is right there at the end of the clip waving the guy away saying this isn't the "appropriate place". Check it out and share everything I've said with the people who read Bob's nonsense.
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I'll end this by saying I do have alot of respect for Dr. Bowman and I plan to bust my ass once more in '08 when he runs again.