9/11 conspiracy theorists dog TV reporters

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9/11 conspiracy theorists dog TV reporters

By Jessica Heslam

Local 9/11 conspiracy theorists are targeting TV news reporters, already leading to at least one confrontation with a FOX 25 reporter who grabbed a poster in an incident caught on camera and posted on YouTube.

“We will be protesting as the presidential election gets heated,” said Mark O’Connor of the group Boston 9/11 Truth. “No newscaster is safe if they’re live on the street.”

FOX 25 political editor Joe Battenfeld has had run-ins with members of the so-called 9/11 truth groups - who claim the terror attacks were a government setup - in Boston and New Hampshire.

During Hillary Clinton’s Boston visit last month, Battenfeld and O’Connor clashed outside Symphony Hall. As Battenfeld faced the camera, O’Connor stood behind him, prompting Battenfeld to grab his “Expose the 9/11 coverup” poster and demand, “Can you not stand behind me?”

O’Connor, 30, a Dorchester man who works for a structural engineer company, caught the exchange on video, and posted the clip he dubbed “FOX 25’s Political Editor Joe Battenfeld Gone Wild” on YouTube.

O’Connor taunts Battenfeld, repeatedly asking him his name and telling him, “You’re going to be a star on YouTube.”

Battenfeld said he tries to ignore hecklers. “That’s the chance you take when you do a live shot now. People have a right to stand on a sidewalk holding a sign, no matter how offensive their views may be to some, so there’s really nothing you can do about it,” he said.

It was O’Connor’s first encounter with Battenfeld but may not be his last. If he runs into Battenfeld, O’Connor says, he won’t threaten him but will “stand behind him” when he’s on the air.

At a John Edwards rally in New Hampshire in August, Justin Martell, 20, founder of Student Scholars for 9/11 Truth, approached Battenfeld after angry Edwards supporters challenged his low crowd estimate.

With a camera in tow, Martell badgered him with questions, but Battenfeld wasn’t doing interviews. “I’m the reporter,” Battenfeld said.

“I’m not going to make it my prerogative to go after Joe Battenfeld,” said Martell, whose YouTube video of the Edwards event has fetched nearly 6,000 hits. “But if I see him at an event, I will approach him and get him again.”

During Barack Obama’s Boston Common rally, O’Connor trotted his poster behind NECN reporter Alison King. Former President Bill Clinton told a 9/11 heckler to shut up at a speech last month.

Understanding the Urgency to Protest and Why People Do it.

Many young Americans realize they ARE BEING USED AS CANNON FODDER.

There is a reason why More and More People are taking RADICAL STEPS to get the attention of the media. Whether you agree with their methods or not, as the 911 Wars progress, more and more people will dissent and don't expect them to BE POLITE AND DOCILE ABOUT IT.


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Sen. Hagel says U.S. draft may be unavoidable


LINCOLN — Sen. Chuck Hagel, speaking to an audience of Lincoln High School students, warned Tuesday that the nation may need to turn to compulsory military service "or some kind of draft" to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Questioned after his speech, Hagel, R-Neb., said he is not calling for reinstatement of the military draft.

But he said the growing difficulty of maintaining an adequate volunteer military force is "a reality."

"I'm just stating the obvious. At some point we're going to have to make a decision on how to attract a quality force," he said.

Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, spoke to more than 120 government and history students as part of a project to have veterans speak to students about their experiences.

The U.S. military draft ended in 1973, part of the bitter reaction to the Vietnam War.

Hagel told the Lincoln students that the burdens of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are being carried by too small a share of the nation's population.

"We have more than 300 million people in this country, but less than 1 percent of our population has to bear all of the burden, to make all of the sacrifices, to do all the fighting and all the dying for the rest of us," he said.

"There are people serving in Iraq for the third time, in Afghanistan for the third time. They're ruining their families, suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and significant injuries. They're not going to bear that burden any longer," he said.

Hagel, who has been a prominent critic of President Bush's Iraq policies, said the nation must make a "difficult assessment" on whether to return to some kind of draft or other form of compulsory national service.

Students listened quietly and said little during Hagel's speech. At the end, Hagel took a handful of pre-selected questions that students had composed on Monday with the aid of their teachers.

Social studies teacher Bill Zuspan said he and his students have discussed the possibility of a draft in the past, and he knows how they will react to Hagel's comments.

"They don't like the idea," he said.

Hagel said he is "well aware" of the sacrifices Lincoln High School has made in the Iraq war. Two graduates, Army 1st Lt. Garrison Avery, 23, and Marine Lance Cpl. Mike Scholl, 21, have died in Iraq.

He urged students to seek solutions besides war to the world's problems.

"Terrorism, extremism, biological weapons, chemical weapons, nuclear weapons — those are a threat to all mankind, not just Christians and not just Americans," he said.

"War is nothing noble or good; it's all about brutality and suffering, and that should frighten you and intimidate you into doing what's right, to prevent going to war."

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it