Cindy Sheehan — 9/11 Truther?

Cindy Sheehan spoke to a crowd of between 200 to well less than 250 Wednesday night in Chico, CA on CSUC campus. The event was promoted by the local Chico Peace and Justice Center and the CSUC Peace Institute. The average audience age was around 35 to 40. (when the one of the pre-speakers mentioned the 'young people' or students attending, two people yelled out "where are they?" — I would guesstimate there were easily less than 50 people there under the age of 25)

The talk was good, if seemingly short. Perhaps not quite as good as Col. Ann Wright (ret.) the night before. Wright is a more dynamic speaker in some ways — more of a 'character'. Perhaps Sheehan was tired. (it was after 7:00 pm and she had done a radio interview around 6:00 am, with some other events during the day)

Her talk was a little "preachy". My interpretation. But she was preaching to the choir, so... Mostly, as you would expect, her talking points revolved around anti-war and pro-peace issues, with some heavy impeach Bush and Cheney thrown in for good measure. Don't get me wrong — it was interesting and valuable and worthwhile.

During the very short Q&A, someone asked her what she thought about "Chemtrails" (those damn 'conspiracy theorists' apparently breed like flies), and her reply was basically that she didn't know much about them and was too busy to do much more than what she was doing with her 'current work' to look into it, but she wouldn't put anything past the government / Bush administration.

Right after which she mentioned that someone in the audience would probably "also" ask her about "9/11" (she might have said "9/11 Truth", but that may be my wishful imagination kicking in) and went on to say that she didn't know what really happened on 9/11, but that there were questions and that some questions were never asked and should have been asked and we definitely need a new investigation into it. (or words to that effect)

I had my hands up ready to clap as I saw where she was going, and started clapping before she could move on, which got a small round of applause of about well under 50 people, or so.

So I would say she is somewhere between 9/11 Truth-Lite and maybe 9/11 Truth-Medium. Which is better than nothing.

Perhaps she doesn't quite really believe (yet!), or maybe she doesn't want to be associated with "kooks and nuts", or ... Whichever it is, it would be nice is she would get off her butt and dive in to 9/11 Truth (and Justice!) and embrace it and promote it. That would be a very big coup for the movement since she is so popular in the anti-war/pro-peace movement. Maybe she will someday, preferably sooner rather than later.

I would like to point out, however, that, not only is it sad and unfortunate that someone like Sheehan only garners a crowd of less than 250 people, but that is quite a bit more than any 9/11 Truth person or event would get, which says something about where we are in both movements.

Wishy Washy Truthers Need Not Apply

I appreciate your Blog and your hope for Cindy Sheehan, but the 9/11 Truth Movement is quickly becoming about timing. Cindy still appears to be sitting on the fence and for the life of me I cannot figure out why? But then, I cannot figure out how any American could sit by while their sons and daughters are sent to Iraq to become IED fodder, but that's just me.

Loose Change Final Cut is right around the corner. I firmly believe that 9/11 Truth will reach a tipping point once this noble film is released. That (in my opinion) will be the deadline for noteworthy people (such as Ms. Sheehan) to have gone on record in support of 9/11 Truth.

To do so once the rest of the nation "get's it" serves no purpose whatsoever. We need you NOW Ms. Sheehan. Do the research and take a stand!
"Cogito ergo sum"

it's like pulling teeth with her

I used to be VERY down on CS for this very reason--I couldn't understand how she could NOT possibly understand the truth about 9/11 and its importance. Now I wonder... has one unhelpful effect of the truth movement been to make truthers believe that the truth is SO obvious that people who aren't coming around are evil or stupid? I have been guilty of thinking so and now I've come around to a different view, mainly because I have seen how many different reactions people around me--friends, family, acquaintances and strangers--have had to my exposing them to the truth. Basically it ranges the gamut from shock and quick acceptance to lingering denial. It doesn't matter how close the person is to me, or how intelligent they seem to be or not be. The fact is that reaction to exposure to 9/11 truth is hard to predict, because it's hard to understand fully. Amidst this confusion, we do know a few things--we know that the more people who are exposed, the more people who wake up. We know that polls are not a great indicator of what people are willing to actually do about whatever they believe.

The lesson? We must redouble our efforts to take good information directly to the people, bypassing the traditional media. We have to especially be conscious of presenting ourselves as positively as possible. Sticking to strong evidence, not exposing people to too much speculation about the "big picture", dressing "nicely", speaking politely, and smiling. There are PLENTY of low-hanging fruit out there that are ours for the picking. So long as you play your cards right, you will find plenty of people--all kinds of people--willing to hear you out. There is enough buzz about the issue that the kooky konspiracy stereotype serves only to drive home the fact that we are being misrepresented (assuming of course you don't go out in the street and act like a kook.)

I can't stress enough how important it is for people to bite the bullet, grab some flyers and or signs, and get out into the world to talk to your fellow citizens. It's extremely rewarding, if scary the first few times, but believe me, it has become MUCH easier in the last year.



Real Truther a.k.a. Verdadero Verdadero - Harvard Task Force


Sheehan has been totally ineffective in stopping the war. The

war has in fact escalated despite her "efforts" & those of the "Democrats."

Had she promoted 9/11 truth long ago, we'd be much further along in both the truth & in stopping the war. (I also suspect she may be some sort of gatekeeper, or is being unwittingly controlled by gatekeepers.)

Agree to disagree time

Although it highly irritates me that people like Sheehan aren't embracing and promoting "9/11 Truth" (yet! and it will NEVER be too late), she is pretty much the reason why there even is an ever-increasing "anti-war movement". We (probably) wouldn't be anywhere close to where we are without her and what she's done. And others like her, like Wright, et al.

I suspect Col. Wright is correct in her supposition that, after the war funds run out in June/July, the Congress will give them enough more on a month-by-month, or every couple of month, basis, and that eventually even the RepCons and others who are supportive of Bush will grow to a large enough number (backed by complaints from the populace!), that they will then override Bush's veto. That should be sometime this fall.

And then perhaps the majority of the troops can start coming home. And then Iraq will do whatever it will do regardless of when we leave. At this point, sooner is probably better for everyone. (I tend to side with the people who claim that there already is a civil war going on and that much of the violence may/will go away when we leave) Plus the Iraqi parliament just overwhelmingly voted that they want the U.S. out of Iraq!!! We should still support them as much as we can from afar, though. I hope we don't make that stupid mistake. (again)

As Wright pointed out, the House's bill suggesting 16 months, and the Senate's bill suggesting 12 months, doom our military to about another 1,600 to 1,200 American deaths and 36,000 to 54,000 (mostly) innocent Iraqi deaths. (based on 100 American military deaths per month) Way to go to support our troops you bastards!

People need to be pointing these things out to people who think we should stay in Iraq. And doing what we can activism-wise along with our 9/11 activism. (try, well, actually doing activism, but also activism in more than one area, like 9/11 AND anti-war AND human rights AND civil rights AND non-human animal rights AND environmental rights AND ....., and maybe you would cut people like Sheehan a little slack, because it ain't easy — I have trouble staying on top of all of the areas and staying minimally informed and aware, much less trying to be active in all of them, or even a couple of them, much less doing it to the level and degree that Sheehan does it)

Senior 9/11 Bureau Chief, Analyst, Correspondent

9/11 — GET rEVENge! (in a peaceful manner, of course)

Future comments and

Future comments and questions to anti-war activists need to be carefully framed in such a way as to deliver three messages: the relevance of 9/11 truth to their current cause; the important historical lessons they must incorporate; and a promise of a drawdown in Iraq will not end war. One way to express these ideas might be:

"If the Gulf of Tonkin pretext for war had been exposed early on as a deliberate fraud perpetrated on the American people (as declassified documents now demonstrate), how many soliders and civilians would have died in Vietnam? There is an enormous body of evidence disputing the official story of 9/11, the Administration's blank check justification for multiple, simultaneous fronts in the War on Terror: Aren't we, as patriots and citizens of the information age, required to take nothing on faith and fully investigate the events of 9/11 as the key to breaking open the truth behind these pre-planned hot and cold wars -- which we have already been told will not end in our lifetime?