An Open Letter to Amy Goodman

Dear Amy,

It's been a while since I've written, and I see that you have done a few segments that draw attention to some of the problems that swirl around 9/11. You had a "debate" between the "Loose Change" crew and "Popular Mechanics", you brodcast Sen. Leahy's statement; "...why did 9/11 happen on George Bush’s watch when he had clear warnings that it was going to happen? Why did they allow it to happen?", you confirmed via journalist Marc Perelman that indeed, two of the cheering "movers" spotted on the Jersey shore on 9/11 were MOSSAD agents, and this past week you had Philip Shenon on the show regarding his new book, you helped circulate the news that the CIA tortured the main 9/11 suspects upon which the 9/11 Commission built its foundation, and today (2/7) you somewhat aggresively interviewed Philip Zelikow.

So it does seem like Democracy Now! is finally snapping out of a kind of trance. It does seem like there is a willingness to challenge the official 9/11 narrative. Perhaps it's time to make amends with a 9/11 skeptic who has done plenty of work deconstructing the 9/11 Commission, David Ray Griffin. You had him on your show on May 26, 2004, and you said to him;

"Can you name an expert you have relied on, for example on the issue of the world trade center towers going down, expert in structural engineering who has said it is impossible for the explanation to be the planes hit, and the fires caused the towers to go down?...

...Name just one. Name just one structural engineering expert who said it is not feasible that the planes caused the towers to go down."

Well, there are at least 3 structural engineers now questioning the way that the towers came down, and a whole bunch of other engineers and architects over at Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

It's time for the "debate" format to hit the skids, Amy. It's time to let 9/11 skeptics air their grievances on your program without an establishment shill shouting them down or insulting them, when it's clear that an earnest and balanced debate is not likely to happen on a live-broadcast news digest anyhow. (By the way, Griffin beat the tar out of the Popular Mechanics book last year, I highly recommend his book, "Debunking 9/11 Debunking".)

Bring on David Ray Griffin, Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and let them have their say. Follow up with a contrary episode if you must, but it has to be clear to you by now that the Official Conspiracy Theory has some serious problems;

1) The official narrative of how 9/11 was planned is based on the torture-derived "confessions" of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and other alleged terrorists.

2) To date, no video tape has surfaced showing a single 9/11 hijacker getting onto a single hijacked plane. Airports are crawling with video cameras, surely there is one video, with a verifiable time stamp on it?

3) Contrary to the 9/11 Commission, studies by Allen M. Poteshman of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Paul Zarembka of SUNY-Buffalo, conclude that there is evidence of insider trading on AmericanAirlines and United Airlines in the period leading up to 9/11.

4) For rhetorical purposes only, let's say that "Al Qaeda" performed as specified by the 9/11 Commission, (even though, as early as October, 2001, serious analysts of military theory, like Stan Goff, were saying that, "The So-Called Evidence Is a Farce"). If that's so, why are there so many blatant connections between western intelligence and "Al Qaeda"? Connections like Ali Mohamed, for instance, or the Clinton administration's support of the KLA througout the 1990's, or the continued alleged links between CIA and Abu Sayyaf? It seems based on the research of Michel Chossudovsky of Canada, and Nafeez Ahmed of Britain, that if indeed, "Al Qaeda" did pull off 9/11, it did it as a proxy force, or patsy force at best. Doesn't that tweak your conscience just slightly? If "Al Qaeda" is a patsy army, then over One Million dead Iraqi citizens have died for nothing, because the invasion of Iraq was never going to happen without a "Catastrophic Event", like 9/11, that the Neocons were pining for.

5) The narratives of what happened to US air defenses on 9/11, as supplied by official spokesmen, have been a series of contradictions, only compounded in 2006 by the release of additional tapes.

There are lots of problems.

Amy, get on the right side of history, and help, not hinder, the many voices that decry the 9/11 Commission, and all of the evil works that have followed in the wake of 9/11.


I hate to say it but

you are wasting your time trying to reason with a female thug like Amy Goodman. She is a lost cause and should be treated as such. I have about as much respect for her as I do for Dick Cheney or George Bush.

I Disagree

Rep's post, if read by Amy,is entirely worthwhile and well stated. Thanks Reprehensor. I've said here many times before, that we have to leave a door always open for left skeptics to enter, otherwise we shut them off completely and that will not help anyone.

Hi Rep.............

Rip her a new one! It does'nt matter.......set her straight! Do me a favor and ask her what female prison she prefers.

Excellent Letter

It can't hurt.

There are even more than nine, Mr. President...

To the nine structural engineers listed on your blog, I would add two more (from

Ronald H. Brookman, Structural Engineer
Lic: S 3653 CA
B.S. & M.S. Engineering, U.C. Davis
Novato, CA

Rich Reed, B.S. Structural Engineering, UC San Diego
San Diego, CA

Where once there were just 9,11 are now to be found.

Here's to progress!
"All that is required for evil to fail is for good men and women to do something."

Keep it up!! Amy will bend!! She's in a pincer move!

When I brought Sibel Edmonds to New York City to speak at the GOP protests in 2004, I ran into Amy Goodman on the street at the GOP convention protests.

My wife said, "isn't that Amy Goodman?" It was.

That morning, who I worked with then, had just commissioned a Zogby poll that showed that most New Yorkers smelled a rat on 9/11.

I asked Amy, "Amy, did you get the email about the Zogby poll?"

She ignored me, so I turned to her assistant and asked her. She didn't ignore me quite as much as Amy did.

BUT, the next morning Jamie Hecht who war writing for Mike Ruppert, who kindly hosted me and my wife for our stay in New York woke me saying, "Amy Goodman is reporting the / Zogby poll."

Amy announced the poll results 3 times that morning that New Yorkers knew 9/11 was an inside job.

Amy is with us. She just needs a thundering demand to get this issue out, without losing her job.

The more pressure 911 truth seekers put on Democracy Now, the more support Amy has to do her job.


Also push, push, push "The Shell Game." It hit the New York Times best seller list this week.

It is a powerful 9/11 truth telling novel. Many on this blog have forced the 911blogger editors to hide my posts on "The Shell Game' but their efforts are failing. "The Shell Game" hit the New York Times best seller list this week.



"hit the New York Times best seller list this week."

Which category? Islamophobia?

""Obsession is without exaggeration one of the most important films of our time. "
–Glenn Beck, CNN Headline News "

Right on

Thanks for saying that.

Excellent, excellent letter, Reprehensor.

Yes, Excellent letter, Rep.

And thank you, Dwight.

I just want to point out that you DO NOT get on the NY Times best seller list by telling anything close to the truth about 9/11.

Now, someone who writes an "Islamofascist" fear mongering book and is a Limited Hang-out Proponent (LIHOP) of the 9/11 false flag... Well, buy the Shill Game. You'll be satisfied your government acted in your best interest. Go back to sleep.

Yeah, you guys make so much sense. Duh

We've had to kick Goodman's *ss to get what we could from her on 9/11 truth, which we should, and she should.

But "The Shell Game" author is on mainstream radio telling Americans "9/11 truth movement activists are national heroes you should all be supporting" and you condemn him and try to get people to turn away from him.

What the hell's wrong with this picture?

Do you have the audio?

I'd be glad to listen to the whole thing and give my overall opinion.

Do you not get that you are trying to turn me toward him, and get me to turn others toward him, and that I am saying no, no, no? I'm not condemning him at all.

I read your comment about trolls at another blog entry, and decided to let it go. But now I'll say it: there's a comment rating system here. People get to push the up arrow or the down arrow. They also get to comment as they see fit, subject to the rules. That doesn't make them trolls. Please retract that statement.

So, anything successful in outting truth . . . is suspect. Let'

So, anything successful in outting truth . . . is suspect. Let's all [9/11 truth activists] make sure you don't do anything that's successful . . . or else these "activists" on this list . . . will say you are suspect.

Let's all just shoot ourselves in both feet and get it over with. Does anybody who really wants 9/11 truth out to the mainstream see anything wrong with these guys shooting down "The Shell Game"??

Bill, Why the emotional blackmail?

Accusing dissenters who disagree with you and the Shell Game - a work of Islamophobic Pulp fiction - of "not really wanting 9/11 truth out to the mainstream" has become such a tired and transparent straw man emotional blackmail tactic by now, that for most people it's no different than George Bush claiming that whoever doesn't support him supports the terrorists, or Jon Gold saying that whoever disagrees with him doesn't support the 9/11 family members, blah, blah, blah. Every time you use this tactic, Bill, your credibility takes another hit.

Since you haven't given anybody a straight answer about what your financial interest is in promoting the Shell Game, I must assume by now that you ARE profiting off of this work. To consistently spam so many threads here on Blogger with a book that you are profiting off of is tacky and questionable enough, but when the book you are pimping promotes Islamophobia and Islamohatemongering, I personally think that is beyond reprehensible.

Let me make myself clear: I, and many other people in this 9/11 truth movement wish to end the wars against the islamic world that are justified and made possible by the demonization and hatemongering of muslims, of which false flag terrorism such as 9/11, 7/7, etc., are an integral part of. WE ARE TRYING TO STOP THE ONGOING GENOCIDE AGAINST THE MUSLIM WORLD, WHICH HAS CLAIMED OVER A MILLION LIVES JUST SINCE 9/11, AND IS SLATED TO KILL MILLIONS MORE UNLUSS THE FULL TRUTH ABOUT 9/11 AND THE WAR ON TERROR FRAUD IS EXPOSED.

Of course we care about justice for the families of the almost 3000 dead Americans on 9/11, but why is that more important than stopping the genocide of millions of Arabs/Muslims/Persians? In other words, trying to push a limited hangout of the 9/11 truth that does nothing to expose the MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE 9/11 PSYOP OF CREATING THE MYTH OF THE EVIL MUSLIM TERRORISTS, THEREFORE DOING NOTHING TO UNDERCUT THE JUSTIFICATIONS OF THE WAR ON TERROR, is completely contrary to the most important purpose of the 9/11 truth/anti-war movement, regardless of whether or not you think this limited hangout exposure of 9/11 is done in the name of 9/11 truth/justice for the family members, and regardless of even getting a few of the Bush Admin puppets charged with treason. That is insignificant compared with the task of stopping the ongoing holocaust against the muslim world, which should be our most important goal. Pimping and promoting a book that continues pushing the Islamofascist Myth and Isoamo-hatemongering crap is NOT ACCEPTABLE to REAL 9/11 TRUTHERS, PERIOD.

What part of this do you not understand?

Islamic terrorism is not a

Islamic terrorism is not a fiction, but what people don't understand is how these radical fundamentalist groups were sponsored and manipulated by the US/CIA. Why don't you want people to make these connections and insist that people simply hold a false view that no Islamic terrorist organizations exist.

Waterford bowl calling the cauldron black

Crystal clear, and beautifully said. 9/11 truth and hate-mongering against Muslims is fundamentally inconsistent.

However, Keenan, in part you seem to be suggesting there is an inconsistency between justice for the 9/11 American victims and stopping genocide against Muslims. I mean when you say "why is that more important than stopping the genocide of millions of Arabs/Muslims/Persians?" On the contrary, it is hate-mongering against Muslims that is interfering in justice for the American victims. Even if one accepts that Arabs hijacked planes on 9/11 and flew them into buildings, despite the lack of reliable evidence for that, this is not what caused most of the deaths. We know that planes did not bring down the Twin Towers, which is what killed most of the 9/11 victims and has injured many thousands more of the rescuers. So hate-mongering against Muslims, where there is not even a claim that Muslims blew up the buildings, is diverting us from the truth about what killed most of the victims.

misterguy, you make a good point. I guess I would say that even though these groups do indeed exist, and invovlvement as pasties seems likely, that involvement is not what killed most of the people but is what is used to explain what really killed most of the people, demolition of the Twin Towers by means unknown.

Bill, don't take "cauldron" personally. I'm talking about hate- anf fear-mongering, not you.

If I were trying to distract

If I were trying to distract people away from examining the CIA/ISI connection to 911 I'd try this tactic you're using.

Let's Give Amy Goodman Some Rope On Questioning The 9/11 Commiss

When the student is ready the teacher will come.

I made the video of Amy when Kevin Barrett reiterated her statements " Journalist need to go where the silence is " and we need to do some Ground Zero reporting. Amy Goodman stated that day that 9/11 Commission Report was inadequate. It just might be that Amy is more willling to talk about this issue from the perspective of those that were on the commission and are now talking or writing about their experiences on the 9/11 Commission. Let's give her more rope and see if she continues to follow-up with more broadcasts and interviews on this subject. Let's see if she's willing to swing freely on that rope or hang herself by letting the subject die.

Amy Goodman certainly has a

Amy Goodman certainly has a half a brain, though not likely much more than that, and for her to pretend not to know the facts and evidence about 911 and then easily conclude that elements of the our government were involved in the massacre of thousand of US citizens, well, this means Goodman is a compromised individual. We shouldn't lose sight over who are our clear allies are and who needs to be looked at through a filter. Goodman needs to be filtered.


I would encourage everyone to visit and listen to podcast or read the transcripts of the two shows. With Philip Shenon on Tuesday 2/5 she point blank asked the author if he thought 9/11 was an inside job. She also mentioned building seven. Today's interview with Philip Zelicove was riveting. She raised two issues: the reliability of the commission report given testimonies given that two of the accused masterminds were tortured to obtained confessions and she asked many questions of Zelikow that were raised by Shenon's book.

from the 2/5 show:

AMY GOODMAN: Let me ask you about those in this country who believe 9/11 was an inside job. How did you deal with that, Philip Sheenan, and the fact for example, the concerns among many others that the building number seven was not even talked about in the commission report?

PHILIP SHENON: It is a tough issue. I just haven’t seen the evidence. There are certainly people who believe it was an inside job. I have trouble believing that myself, I have great difficulty believing in vast conspiracies. I just think a conspiracy of that nature would require competence on the part of people in the federal government that I just don’t believe exists in the federal government.

She mentions WTC7 ?

How many years did that take ? she was there :

Amy Good man could make an entire show just about what she saw that day . did she ?
"Listen carefully now : DO NOT DESTROY OIL-WELLS" Dubya


Thanks for pointing that out about DNow and the transcript. The earlier version of the transcript on the day of did NOT include her mentioning "inside job" -- I checked because someone said they heard her say it. and I went and looked for it and it wasn't there. So they must have done only part of it that day.

I'm glad that other people have the time to listen to these things!

I think it's a good letter. Thanks for it.

I don't think trashing Amy will get us anywhere. We need to focus on getting to people with simple truths, not trashing those who disagree, don't understand, or are afraid to lose their careers. They can't help it. We all are different and for a reason.

Fantastic letter! I myself stopped watching Amy Goodman years

ago. Last I saw of Goodman, her show was like CNN lite. She wasn't really critizing the Iraq war, wasn't really supporting Code Pink or other anti-war groups, she was giving Bush free passes on almost everything, she was rather hostile towards 9/11 truth, etc.

Now I don't know what to make of Goodman. She has zero credibility with me at this time.

Consider mass emailing truth messages. More info here:

also, notice on Democracy Now!...

...whenever there's a debate involving a corporate think tank representative (Heritage Foundation, Manhattan Institute, Reason Foundation, etc.) and someone questioning anything from neo-liberal policies to immigration, the business tool gets consistently longer floor-time. The business tool is allowed to make all kinds of misleading statements, spew ad hominen diversions and put forth outright, unchallenged lies. Its almost as shameless as anything you'd see on CNN. Search "debate" on the Democracy Now! site and see for yourself.

also ask Democracy Now to

Follow up with suggestions offered by Phiip Zelikow himself to contact senior staffers for collaboration of Shenon's claims and also invite Max Cleeland to the show to ask him why he resigned from the commission.

We have been very vocally demanding that Amy cover this topic. Shenon's book seems like the foot in the door to do more serious reporting. And I agree with Rep that we need DRG on the program ASAP.

Good letter

IMO, 9/11 skepticism is not about some exclusive club. The whole point is to put pressure on the political/media establishment to honestly address the questions. For too long they have been able to hide behind a wall of propaganda, authoritarianism, denial and fearmongering.

I would challenge Amy Goodman to have Dave Frasca, Rod Middleton or Rich B. (former Alec Station chief) on her show. It is beyond bizarre that these officials have been able to avoid the spotlight for years despite having extremely crucial positions in the lead up to 9/11.

Keep Pushing Her!

Last year at this time, I had completely written her off as a lost cause, but Amy Goodman has shown some life on 9/11 issues recently. Let's keep pushing her!

And yes, she needs to have DRG and Gage/Jones on as guests to make their case-- not just for debates. (Just as she affords her other guests.)

Since books seem to get interviews, we need more books by our movement's principal figures: Where is "Press For Truth," the book, for instance??? Surely, we need a book by the Jersey Girls themselves chronicling their ordeal! This is history, after all. Either they themselves or a trusted writer needs to publish their story.

We also need "9/11 Blueprint For Truth" the book, by Richard Gage and the A & E, which chronicles the new wave of experts demanding a new investigation and providing the case for controlled demolition of the WTC towers.

Meanwhile, DRG could put out a new edition of "The 9/11 Commission: Omissions and Distortions" with updates and a better cover and continue his expert deconstruction of the sorry government "investigation" that has gained some traction of late.

We shouldn't have to rely on a piece of fiction that half-ass justifies a fictional attack-- or a shill like Shenon to spin what is our rightful domain of criticism! We need to command the airwaves, and that means books are needed.

Yes McGee

Or in a nutshell, we should be pushing the Jersey Girls more than ever now. Their silence can get deafening. They need to have their own time on DemocracyNow, so they can explain how they themselves were responsible for the Commission coming together in the first place, and of course their inherent dissatisfaction with its "findings", etc. I dunno why I havne't thought of this before. But the Jersey Girls NEED airtime on DemocracyNow. Let's push for it.

As for Ms. Goodman herself, I was once a huge fan of hers as I'm sure many of you here were. But my disillusionment with her occured at around the same time the 9/11 truth movement started becoming a "tour de force". So I'm extremely skeptical concerning her true intentions. I've heard stories where she not only ignored 9/11 truth, but scoffed at those who push for a new investigation. So it can plausibly be stated that the only reason she is bringing up 9/11 of late is due to our movement's increasing pressure being placed upon her. Sort of like letting out some steam so the kettle or pressure cooker doesn't explode. That's the skeptic in me. Perhaps many of you are right though, and she just needs to be assisted in this regard. I suppose time will tell. We'll find out when/if she has on her show the necessary guests.

One thing is for sure, she (along with Chumpsky) can spearhead this movement right through to victory. She has not accepted that challenge even though it sits right in her lap every day. I suppose that's where my skepticism about her comes from.

Again, great letter Reprehensor

Reprehensor this is a great letter to Goodman. However it is likely that it is falling on deaf ears. Not to discourage this sort of approach, but just trying not to lose hold of the fact that Goodman is a gate keeper. She is appearing to move closer towards investigating 911 more seriously. This most probably means that the establishment is moving towards the phase of hanging some individuals out to dry in an attempt to put 911 to rest once and for all. To do this successfully without turning over the apple cart they'll have to put their gate keepers to work in order to steer more inquiries into the channels they'd like people to look at. Amy Goodman certainly has a half a brain, though not likely much more than that, and for her to pretend not to know the facts and evidence about 911 and then easily conclude that elements of the our government were involved in the massacre of thousand of US citizens, well, this means Goodman is a compromised individual. Again, I am not discouraging your letter or others from this approach; I just don't want people losing sight over who are our clear allies are and who needs to be looked at through a filter. Goodman needs to be filtered.

Again, great letter Reprehensor


Willie Nelson figured it out. The media can't ?
How long do these 'hot shot' journalists think they continue after the truth comes out ?
Lose their job ?
Or Mussolinied ?
( It's way more than 3 engineers ! It's anyone with vision who knows the meaning of the word 'explosion')

Mussolinied ?

Mussolinied ?

That's one concern I wonder if crosses many minds among the ranks of the 911 liars, cover up stooges and murderers. Besides, I think Goodman is of the female persuasion that keep their toe nails short and soft, not leaving too much clinch hold of when the time would come to be dragged through the streets and hung upside down from a lamp post.


Many of these criticisms of Amy Goodman are justified, but we should be careful not to alienate someone who looks like a potential ally. Have some regard for her position and her supporters. The CIA tapes thing just may turn out to be the watershed event, and she has carried that story some distance. The inclusion of the guy from NBC and Ratner was important as it demonstrates some turning in the establishment media and even in the liberal establishment. Keep the issues alive and we will see more progress. Fingers crossed on Bill Moyers and the Griffin-book-recommendation story tonight.

I wouldn't hold my breath

It looks like Moyers is going to ignore the Griffin recommendations:


is yet another of the CFR goons.

"There are none so hoplessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free." (Goethe)

Excellent post by Reprehensor

I don't think its a waste of time attempting to communicate with Amy Goodman; I believe that privately she has acknowledged to herself that 9/11 was at least aided and abetted by members of the Bush Administration with a few select senior members of the US military, if not entirely an inside job. If we keep up the education process, the proverbial penny will drop, at some point. One thing to realize about 9/11, is that anyone's awareness of how it was accomplished, is a one-way ratchet. People, when educated about the timeline and intricacies of the event, naturally gravitate away from the official story and towards alternative explanations; it does not happen the other way around.

There is another factor, (aside from denial, or the reticence to acknowledge the probability of an "inside job", out of fear of being name-called "conspiracy nut"), that is forcing Amy Goodman and many other prominent progressives to keep their lips firmly buttoned up re. 9/11. I think we all know what this is. Furthermore, the foreknowledge on the part of the perps as to the American public's "sensitivity" to this delicate issue was more than likely factored in, when the operation was in its planning stage.

If *I* am reluctant to go there.... in a 9/11 forum, of all places (!!!!!!!!!).... imagine how the general public would feel. The self-imposed silence of many, re. this issue is probably the greatest asset the perpetrators have left.

Great letter and interesting blog topics

Is it a question or a line of investigation? Yeah the silence around the "I" word, or as I would say the Z.S. words is disturbing, especially when it comes
to big time Jewish public intellectuals such as Amy Goodman and Noam Chomsky.

Fragments on 9-11 Truth, Justice and Peace from a ‘Young’ Jewish Intellectual: Part 1- "Breaking the Silence Barrier"

"My column will include voices so often excluded, people whose views the media mostly ignore, issues they distort and even ridicule."— Amy Goodman from her first piece for her weekly column "Breaking the Sound Barrier"

“Of course, there will be those who demand silent obedience. We expect that from the ultra-right, and anyone with a little familiarity with history will expect it from some left intellectuals as well, perhaps in an even more virulent form. But it is important not to be intimidated by hysterical ranting and lies and to keep as closely as one can to the course of truth and honesty and concern for the human consequences of what one does, or fails to do. All truisms, but worth bearing in mind. Beyond the truisms, we turn to specific questions, for inquiry and for action.”—Noam Chomsky from the last page in his pamphlet “9-11”

I start with these statements from two prominent public intellectuals because, beyond both being Jewish people, their words hint at a matured, compassionate and wise Jewish approach to engaging the world. I also bring them up, in resonance with my namesake Jeremiah, to point out the latent hypocrisy and failure, so far, of these two Jewish heavyweights of public life to live up to their powerful words in relationship to the Truth of 9-11, just as the ancient Hebrews failed at many points to live up to the potent words of the Torah before ultimately bringing forth many of its profound teachings into our present world.

I include the words “so far” because any attempt to invoke the name of a prophet such as Jeremiah is not about freezing people, or a people, in time and projecting it inevitably forwards, but about a notice and warning of the dire consequences of omissive and dismissive hypocrisy, and, more importantly, a catalyst for the opening of possibility. Transformation is the desired result of any proper Jeremiad.

Despite common and simplistic notions of the interminable Jewish tendency towards suffering and existential hopelessness, we Jews hold with deep care the possibility for Redemption at any moment. Yes, some of it is always delayed, but its pulsing presence is repeatedly being traced in the little over-comings and larger transcendences of our lives. I should say at the outset that I consider myself to be a Jewish man, Ashkenazi by blood, who draws deeply from my Jewish roots in my spiritual and philosophical outlook.

Before I go too far philosophically and psychologically, let me be clear about my belief in regards to the Jewish and/or Israeli role in 9-11. We, ‘Da Joos, didn’t do it any more than the Christians or the Muslims did it. However, Jewish people, or at least people who call themselves "Jews" have played important roles in the wide spectrum of the 9-11 attacks and their aftermath. At the very least, people who call themselves ‘Jewish’ and have great allegiance to a certain image of ‘Israel’ have played an overwhelming role in the 'intellectual' justifications and reasoning behind the War on (or of) Terror. And, from my perspective, this overwhelming ‘Jewish’ presence on the side of those propagating the myth-drenched War on Terror is inversely proportional to the underwhelming presence of real, forthright Jewish intellectual weight on the side of the 9-11 Truth movement.

Thus far, there has largely been a simplistic type of thinking around this issue: "Da Joos did it" versus "shh, don't talk about Israel, people will associate 9-11 Truth with anti-Semitism." Real talk has been lost in the gulf. That is why this essay points to the great void of public Jewish intellectuals who grapple with 9-11 Truth from an open and proud Jewish perspective. There was some really good work in the book “9/11 and American Empire: Christians, Jews and Muslims Speak Out,” edited by Kevin Barrett, John Cobb and Sandra Lubarsky. But overall, not much above a hushed whisper has been consistently expressed from people who openly proclaim and stress their Jewishness while pointing to the clear aspect of a ‘Jewish’ and/or ‘Israeli’ role in 9-11 and the aftermath.

It shows the crazy “doublespeak” state of our language right now that the word "anti-Semitism" is used to squash talk about Israel, when the large majority of people actually in the ruling elite in Israel are not technically Semitic. I have made the point before that the War on Terror fueled by the Big Lie of 9-11 is an anti-Semitic endeavor, being that Arabs are Semitic people. To be more honest and accurate, we should talk of “anti-Jewishness” and there definitely is that spectre on the fringes of the 9-11 truth movement.

The issue of talking about "Jewishness" in relation to geo-politics and 9-11 points to the crucial need for a thick and complex understanding of people, institutions, religious groups, nations. The whole "The Jews did it," “The Muslims did it,” "The military did it," "The US government did it" scenario-building enterprise is dead in the water and we need a much more sophisticated thought process that allows us to call out bigoted and, frankly, stupid analysis while allowing real talk about real people and real forces in our world.

The people who architected the attacks of September of ’01 are not ‘Jewish’ any more than they are ‘Christian’ or ‘Muslim,’ or in that case, ‘American,’ ‘Israeli’ or ‘British.’ The people who architected 9-11 are from an international, or more accurately, trans-national criminal over-class of fascists, supremacists and oligarchs. And they can come in any color, creed or proclaimed nationality or religion.

However, as I suggested earlier, the neo-con ideology that helps drive this global, criminal project, represents a confluence of British and American Imperialists along with a large number of Israeli Zionist Supremacists. Additionally, the enemy image necessary for Western societies to muster the necessary will for the Global Domination Project articulated by everybody from neo-con intellectual Puba Leo Strauss to American Cultural Imperialist Samuel Huntington and Realpolitik pundit and practitioner Zbigniew Brezinski, is unusually torqued and acute in the Jewish psyche. Having been the recipient of that projected enemy image persistently throughout our history, there has been a certain taking on of that mantle among the Jewish peoples. Similar to Tupac Shakur’s proclamation of “It’s Just Me Against the World,” the Jewish Diaspora has a tendency to take a “It’s Just We Against the World” stance.

At the very same time, the wiser and more mature aspects of the Jewish psyche have transmuted historical ostracism into deeper compassion for the suffering of others and the need for justice. Evidence of this is the large number of Jewish people who were involved in the civil rights movement.

A Jew is a person of God. And the Torah and our history as a people have taught us that an essential part of being a “person of God” is to seek justice for all people. It's time, in my mind for we Jews of good faith to call out the impostors who seem more like Nazis than Jews in their ideologies about Palestinians as savages and their actions in support of a total war to dominate the Arab world. Because, as evidenced by the European Holocaust, more ethically devastating than the horrific actions of a small criminal cabal, is the silence of way too many of the rest of us ‘good’ people.

An attempt at being authentically Jewish, especially at times of moral crisis, necessitates the possibility of speaking one’s conscience in the face of oppressive, violent and, potentially, catastrophic silence.

“Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught in falsehoods school. And the one man that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool.” –Plato

"We must speak the truth about terror." --George W. Bush

A really sensitive statement, Shumonik.

"A Jew is a person of God. And the Torah and our history as a people have taught us that an essential part of being a 'person of God' is to seek justice for all people. It's time, in my mind for we Jews of good faith to call out the impostors who seem more like Nazis than Jews in their ideologies about Palestinians as savages and their actions in support of a total war to dominate the Arab world. Because, as evidenced by the European Holocaust, more ethically devastating than the horrific actions of a small criminal cabal, is the silence of way too many of the rest of us ‘good’ people."

Thank you for affirming the intelligence and even-handedness that I have always found among those generous and loyal friends of mine who also happen to be Jews. You make some insightful statements regarding a certain chauvinism among some Jewish people, and its roots in a long history of often violent and deadly oppression. A repeatedly tragic condition, and one that is too little explored in the context of 9/11, especially considering the likelihood of ultra-right Israeli/Mossad/neo-con involvement in 9/11 itself. Some of my Jewish friends are terrified by the possibility of 9/11 being an inside job, largely, I think, because they fear that Israel, and by extension Jews, will be blamed for it in yet another repetition of that old, deadly cycle.

Of course blaming Jews for 9/11 because of possible Mossad/Likud involvement in the attacks makes no more sense than blaming all Americans because of the (apparently inevitable) involvement of US officials in the attacks. In my deepest suspicions I ask myself whether sparking a cycle of violent recriminations against innocent people wasn't part of the original 9/11 operation all along. Which is why it's essential for us to keep level and compassionate heads in the 9/11 truth movement. In my opinion, you've contributed to that here. Thanks so much for your searching and intelligent post.


Tom Breidenbach

Great letter, Reprehensor, thank you.

You establish an appropriate tone, giving credit where credit is due, and then issue a reasonable challenge. Nice work. A real pleasure to read.

Thanks also to those voices who've clarified the number of structural engineers openly on the side of 9/11 truth. Deeply encouraging!

Tom Breidenbach

Well done, Reprehensor..

I believe your reasoned approach with Amy Goodman is wise and I believe she is feeling the heat.

As many of you might know .....Democracy Now was searching for a new home and fundraising for many months...perhaps for more than a year. I know that Amy hosted over three hundred dinners/lunches for donors as a result of her capital campaign for Pacifica stations while at the same time she exhausted herself looking at properties in Manhattan. The fund drive premium, "visit the DN studio and dinner with Amy ", was so successful she made the same offer a second time (at twice the price).

One of my cousins in N.Y. spent a little time with Amy and her staff offering a few leads and looking at properties. The ideal goal was to buy..The second choice was to lease. I got the feeling ( I have no evidence) there might have been care taken not to be seen as too controversial in case the powers that be might put a wrench in the works. The good news is they have purchased a space (an old book bindery at 25th and 7th). Now they can build their dream studio in a permanent home where they don't have to worry about losing a lease.

Willie Nelson is playing a big roll in a fundraiser for DN this month in NY. I just can't believe he has not discussed 9/11 with Amy. Check out the DN website for details. I have called and told DN I am going to give Amy the benefit of the doubt (for now) in her reasons for treading softly around the 9/11 anomolies...But I am holding back my donation until the Sibel Edmonds story is covered and guests like Richard Gage, the Jersey girls, David Ray Griffin, and Paul Craig Roberts are interviewed on DN.

Amy Goodman and 9-11

I filed this radio story yesterday for KPFA. It's about the 9-11 film festival in the San Francisco Bay Area and includes Project Censored's Mickey Huff addressing Amy Goodman.

(14 minutes, 15 seconds into broadcast:)