An Open Letter to the Progressive Left

An Open Letter to the Progressive Left
By Justin A. Martell and Michael Jackman

During this primary season, many advocates for a new investigation into the events surrounding 9/11 have been greeted with a tremendous amount of hostility. The thing is, most of this hostility has not been from “right-wingers,” but mostly from members of the so called progressive left. As registered Democrats, we personally, have been told that we are an “embarrassment to the party,” and called names that we will not repeat. Why has the left shown so much hostility towards advocates of 9/11 truth and justice?

As of January, 2007, the Bush Administration had been caught telling 935 lies. No folks, we didn’t say mistakes, they told 935 LIES. The most audacious lies being the administration’s manipulation of intelligence used to get us into war with Iraq. These lies have, as of today, claimed a total of 3,975 in Iraq alone. The U.S. led occupation in Iraq has also claimed close to 90,000 Iraqi civilian lives. All of this death and destruction has been due bold face lies told by the Bush Administration.

What was just outlined in the paragraph above is not disputed by members of the progressive left or even by their beloved candidates, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). Why then, after this criminal administration has been caught in 935 lies, some of which have led to close to 100,000 deaths, is this administration given a free pass by the left when it comes to 9/11? While we don’t agree with labeling the ideas advanced by the 9/11 Truth Movement as conspiracy theories, let us, for the sake of the argument discuss the idea of conspiracy theories involving the Bush Administration. Please also remember, a conspiracy is, by definition, “an agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.” Therefore, when the progressive left asserts that the President and his administration knowingly manipulated intelligence in order to lead our nation to war in Iraq, they are advancing what can be defined as a conspiracy theory. Is the left only interested in advancing conspiracy theories that are popular and accepted by the rest of their constituents?

Additionally, the Bush Administration fought very hard to stifle any inquiry into 9/11. If 9/11 was a major government failure, as is maintained by proponents of the official account, then wouldn’t the president and vice president want to know everything about that failure and reprimand or fire those responsible? Instead, we’ve seen two inquiries, one led by the Congress and one by the 9/11 Commission. Both of these inquiries were given limited access to information, and in the case of the 9/11 Commission, led by a White House insider. Even if the official version of events is true, how is this acceptable? Don’t the family members of the victims of 9/11 deserve to have answers as to why their loved ones are no longer with us? Don’t we, as Americans, deserve to know?

In conclusion, we implore the progressive left to support the millions of concerned citizens across the United States who are advocating for an independent inquiry into 9/11. Advocating for a real investigation into 9/11 is not subscribing to conspiracy theories. It’s subscribing to the idea of truth, accountability, and justice. What’s so bad about that? Remember, these people are proven liars, their lies have led to the deaths of thousands of people. Why should 9/11 be treated any differently?

Student Scholars for 9/11 Truth

Nice try. I admire your

Nice try. I admire your idealism, but remember your letter is addressed to a bunch of a**holes, so don't expect one thing to come of it, except what always comes out of a**holes.

JFK on secrecy and the press

ass moles

you meant

There are many calls

for a new investigation, but perhaps what is needed is not an "independent," but rather a "focused" investigation. Focus would mean either with respect to insurance fraud, or criminality. I would love to see what would happen if we could throw $10,000 to an insurance investigator of the standard types that investigate, say, auto insurance fraud, to see what they come up with after reading the 9-11 Commission report. They would have a wealth of information at their disposal from the 9-11 truth community. They might just ask the questions that matter, in an unbiased and focused framework. Criminality is also a good avenue. Put some cash into the hands of a legal team of some sort, that would unbiasedly attempt to form a list of formal charges against particular individuals. Do we any more need countless hours of testimony and posturing without result, plus waiting for millions in funding without focus?

Good point about a "focused" investigation. (I also think that

a typical insurance fraud investigator's report would destroy the "official" 9/11 Commission's report)

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Please cross-post on

Justin and Michael -- This would be a great article to find on BlogForAmerica (the blog arm of Democracy for America ) - this blog does NOT have Daily-KOS-like gatekeeping on it ... at least not yet.

Let's take over Blog for America.

At least post a little truth there. I know I did. George Washington has moved with strength onto the boards over at

Good initiative ... but will they listen?

I completely agree with you, but unfortunately progressive lefts have other things to do, like saving the world. Never mind that they want to do that by talking to their preferred audiences, rather than attacking problems at their roots. They are afraid that 911 Truth detracts "the masses" from the "important causes", and as such have started to consider 911 Truth as a kind of enemy. This attitude has blinded them so much that they even refuse to look at the facts, and seem to greatly rely on what official sources tell them. So much for the critical thinking abilities that these people claim to have.

Take Chomsky, for example: has written eye-opening books, which he bases on documents obtained from the government decades after the events happened. Though this is certainly a good way to get his facts right, he seems to have completely become to rely on such documents, to the extent that common sense and logic thinking is being ignored. It is even so bad that he has talked about 911 Truth in terms of "who cares". There is also the fear apparently that by showing interest in 911 Truth, people like Chomsky are afraid to marginalize themselves. This is a great mistake: they don't understand that they already have been marginalized with the powers that be. They live in an artificial bubble, in which they enjoy being cheered by their fans about their so-called revolutionary ideas from the 60's and the 70's. Who wants to loose that?

So, now the question is, what can we do about it? I think shouting "911 is an inside job" will not work with these people. What may work, is to continue to confront them with facts and appeal to their common sense. Your initiative to write an open letter to them in a rational way is a very good effort!
Keep it up!

OK, but Chomsky is an operative, a left-gatekeeper even for the

JFK inside job.

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The double standard is bizarre

Authoritarianism isn't exclusive to the right wing. This in part explains the double standard employed by some people on the left in relation to their views on 9/11. IMO, it is intectually dishonest to use one standard for judging 9/11 truth and another for the government's account. One would think the government's account should be held to a higher standard.

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Anyone who truly wants peace and justice will only get it

Anyone who truly wants peace and justice will only get it through 9/11 truth.

America was cast under a "spell" on 9/11, and only the truth about 9/11 will break that spell.

Until the Democrats and peace movement get that, they will never achieve their goals.

"The truth shall set you free."

Yes, and if they get away with the 9/11 inside job, there is no

limit to what they will do next.

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What do you mean IF they get away with the 9/11 inside job?

Good effort, but the "progressive left" seems to be severely

compromised and/or has become uselessly impotent. I believe this because there is no reason to explain why the left continues to give Bush a free pass for years on all his outrageously criminal acts! They're letting Bush get away with everything instead of coming down on him like a ton of bricks! (And you remember what the House impeached Bill Clinton over!)

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I would be interested to know

where else this Open Letter has been posted or sent. For example, has it been posted in the general discussion forum of Posted in that forum it would probably fairly quickly get shuttled off to the DU 9/11 "dungeon" (we call it). Then again perhaps not right away and it would certainly get a lot of attention. Although 9/11 issues are not allowed to be discussed in the general discussion forums for long, they often do attract a lot of attention and many recommendations for "greatest." Many there are with us although certainly not all.

In recent months in my personal experience speaking with those who would fall into the 'progressive left' category, I've seen a softening around this issue. Many are more willing to listen than they once were. It also helps to understand the history of the progressive movement and how they've been marginalized. For example, from the very beginning the 'left' in this country was associated with "a vast communist conspiracy" (HUAC) -- which is one of the reasons many leftists abhor anything that smacks of "conspiracy theory". One good documentary on this subject worth watching is "Berkeley in the Sixties." << Highly recommended if you are unfamiliar with that history.


"The U.S. led occupation in Iraq has also claimed close to 90,000 Iraqi civilian lives."


There were 655,000 Iraqi civilian deaths reported several years ago. Now it's about 1.2 million.

How the fuck does undercounting deaths by a factor of 12 help your case?

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Winter Soldier Hearings

Winter Soldier Hearings

By Aaron Glantz
10/03/08 "ICH" -- - Get ready for the horrible, honest reality of the American occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan like you haven’t heard it before. For four days, from March 13 through March 16, hundreds of U.S. veterans of the two wars will descend on Washington and testify in the “Winter Soldier” hearings about what they really did while they were serving their country in Iraq. And their experiences aren’t pretty.
The event is inspired by the Winter Solider tribunal held in 1971 by Vietnam War vets, including John Kerry. The name comes from a quote from Thomas Paine, the revolutionary who rallied George Washington’s troops at Valley Forge, saying: “These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."
Paine was trying to keep Washington’s army from deserting in the face of a bitter winter and mounting defeats at the hands of the British. Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War say the same type of courage is needed to confront the evils unleashed by the U.S. occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lawless Atmosphere
"The problem that we face in Iraq is that policymakers in leadership have set a precedent of lawlessness where we don't abide by the rule of law, we don't respect international treaties, argued former U.S. Army Sergeant Logan Laituri, who served a tour in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 before being discharged as a conscientious objector. “So when that atmosphere exists it lends itself to criminal activity."
Laituri explained that precedent of lawlessness makes itself felt in the rules of engagement handed down by commanders to soldiers on the front lines. When he was stationed in Samarra, for example, he said one of his fellow soldiers shot an unarmed man while he walked down the street.
"The problem is that that soldier was not committing a crime as you might call it because the rules of engagement were very clear that no one was supposed to be walking down the street," Laituri said. "But I have a problem with that. You can't tell a family to leave everything they know so you can bomb the shit out of their house or their city. So while he definitely has protection under the law, I don't think that legitimates that type of violence."
Not Just Numbers


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"How the fuck does

"How the fuck does undercounting deaths by a factor of 12 help your case?"

The official accounts by the US Government is close to 90,000. That, in itself, is outrageous. Btw, don't swear at me again, please.

Justin A. Martell

In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand at the mongrel dogs who teach! Fearing not that I'd become my enemy in the instant that I preach! My pathway led by confusion boats...mutiny from stern to bow!


you're standing behind completely bogus numbers by a government that doesn't "do bodycounts."

And I'm supposed to give a fuck about how you perceive my language, when you make a million fatalities just disappear.

I'd question your motives. Your approach. Your ability to think.

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Ugh, spare me. Justin A.

Ugh, spare me.

Justin A. Martell

In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand at the mongrel dogs who teach! Fearing not that I'd become my enemy in the instant that I preach! My pathway led by confusion boats...mutiny from stern t

open letter :justin martell, why is 911 different

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Hi Mike & Justin!

Thank you for your great effort! I am someone who is humbled to admit that my eyes just started to open to reality after seeing the documentary Why We Fight three years ago. I held the naive belief that our military fought the good fight and only went to war when "bad guys" made it absolutely necessary. 9/11 truth turned my world upside down in July 2006 and my first outreach was to the "peace & justice community" because I thought for sure they MUST know!! What a surprise! I have been sneered at, called names, and "dissed" at the anti-war vigil in my town for attempting to discuss 9/11!!!! It appears to me that these sheeple on the phony left are as brainwashed as the Bill O and Rush L fans on the right.

Why is it so hard to think for yourself? I am learning. I highly recommend the book The Thought They Were Free - The Germans 1933-45. It is helping me to understand these brainwashed Americans. It's happened before and and it will happen again. It is the human condition.

This is an obvious heartfelt letter, although, we may be pounding our heads against a brick wall when trying to reach the "progressives"....this is what I am learning and is my opinion....only so much time and energy. Sorry to ramble.....Kudos to both of you! Keep up the great work in Keene!


The 98% Solution"

Robin Hordon

Hey, at this stage of our country, we do have two major parties in this country: The Republicans, and The Republicans dressed in blue drag...and when the blue suits come off, these fake democrats are standing there in red Armani underwear bought for them by the very same corporations who have purchased, and now fully own the Republican Party. Its just the way it is...John Perkins calls it the "Corporatocracy".

But, they do not have enouh votes to stay atop for too much longer.

The hard truth is that only 2% of this country runs, finances, profits and controls this country, and THAT is why they have had to hack the voting machines for the last 15-20 years. In the end it will be The 98% Solution" that straightens out this ship of unstate. "The 98% Solution" is where those now RULED by the 2% in charge, will eventually regain control of our own country by peacfully, non-confrontationally, and continuously becoming our own media, becoming our own educators, becoming our own activists, and becoming our own politucal forces. This process was best put by the "non-confrontational" folks within WAC-Seattle where the word, "PURGE" came up regarding what to do with our current political leaders.

And this is where the real long term influence, [for centuries to come as far as I am concerned], of the 9/11 Truth Movement is making a the biggest difference of all...EVER!

The 9/11 Truth Movement is the vanguard of modern day activism, of modern day public information dissemination, and of modern day "persionalization" of the internet. We personalize the keyboards and computer screens because we are out in the streets doing so many one-on-ones...we are bringing "faces and people" to the billions of information bites available in the web world.

This is why it is so important to think well ahead of any emotional, confrontaional, and aggresive actions and activities when in public. WE are the face of modern activism, and it works a lot better with a smile and a nice hello. And WE are the face of courageous patriots who want their country back. And WE are the face of the unending search for truth and justice. And WE have the world's most volatile and difficult event to educate the world about. And WE...are actually doing this...a bunch of turtles seducing folks into a rabbit hole. I think that one of the world's oldest living creatures is a turtle...don't know the life span of a rabbit...but I know who is winning!

Of course, we could change the original tactics [peaceful-informational] while in public that got the 9/11TM to where it is as some want to do now. We could do what the peace movements did in the 60s...confront disobedient as a daily staple of public conduct...slap-dash GOON squads together to get in the faces of the 2% who rule us...and off-put the very people who we want to join our cause-our fellow citizens. We certainly could drive regular people away from our amazing journey...just like the "disobedients" and "non-violencers" and "confronters" did in the LAST CENTURY...some 40+ years ago.

And how did that go by the way?...hmmm...the peace movement...40 years of work...more war and militaization now than then...progressives at the top levels of the peace movements...hmmm...perhaps not the best model to emulate, but we COULD still do it! And some are.

But really, I think that its best to to what the original 9/11 Truthers did getting us up to "The 36% Solution". And that is to educate, to inform to meet and greet...and to activate some of the the 98% of the people out here. [Well, there is about 25% of those hopeless citizens identified by John Dean, and we have to simply ignore them whever they stand up on their hind legs..]. We should continue to let information and truth seeking do the work within the overall folks who are at the tail end of the tail.

The Progressive Left...a troubled clan of folks many of whom hide who they really are...

In 2000, this country sent a "new" combination of politicians to WDC to protect us and serve our chosen needs as a new governing body. They failed totally, and therefore they are ALL guilty in this failure. So, when you find that the progressive left is pushing the 9/11 Truthers and our movement away, its because if they DID create an honest investigation, funded it, made it totally independent, and abided by its findings, many would be found guilty.

When someone a few weeks ago stated about politicians in WDC that "they all know about the deep aspects of the truth surrounding the events on 9/11"...that conclusion is quite correct. Maybe these folks in "The 2% Ruling Class" do not know all the intricacies that we do [certainly some do], BUT without any doubt, they do know that 9/11 happened on THEIR WATCH. They also fully know that almost all of them have military and big corporate money in their bank accounts.

The 9/11 Truth Movement is the quintessential model of truth seeking and informing the public about important issues that need to be addressed in this country. And it will be far more effective without using the attitudes of confrontaion so soundly proven to be a failure in fourty years of peace movement activities.

And as a reference...out of the 60s came the environmental movement, the women's rights movement, the anti-nuke movement, and the civil rights movement...and they are still making either good, or OK progress of some kind. Why? Its because they have never stopped educating the public and establishing a political base to help shape the political landscape...usually in civil in high schools and churches [hint].

Its being CIVIL BABY!

I'm into being the change that one wants to be... its a blast being in public, in being civil, and getting more and more people get to hang out together.

That's where we will build up to "The 98% Solution" be cool, lets be informative, lets be civil, lets be our own media, lets ignore those media whores, lets be very, very thoughtful before we act and think long term, and lets make some great friends for our future.

Love, Peace and Progress with:


Robin Hordon


Great post.

Excellent post, Robin.

As always, you are a strong voice of reason. Thank you!

Crystal in Newburyport, MA