White House Speech Writer Turns Violent After 9/11 Questions

White House Speech Writer Turns Violent After 9/11 Questions

‘Axis of Evil’ author David Frum Responds to Questions With Physical Assault and Obscene Language

Aaron Dykes / JonesReport.com | April 28, 2008


A member of We Are Change L.A. was assaulted and cursed at by former White House speech writer David Frum during a book signing, according to reports.

Frum– a neo-con policy maker who is often credited with coining the phrase ‘Axis of Evil’– allegedly lost his temper when he recognized Stewart Howe, of We Are Change L.A., from a previous book signing. Howe approached Frum to ask a question when Frum became angry, and then violent, reports indicate.

Frum told Howe, "The one thing I regret from our last conversation is that I didn’t say to you what my friend Christopher Hitchens said… which is, you should fuck off." [expletive is reportedly a direct quote]

According to Howe, David Frum then got up from behind the book signing table and swung at Stewart and his camera while he was phrasing a question about the unraveling 9/11 cover-up and potential criminal charges.

Frum could be the first of former Bush Administration officials to actually get violent with reporters, though a number of mainstream media outlets have called for violence against 9/11 truthers, and at least one Bush supporter physically attacked a truther last week.

David Frum was quoted as saying, "Turn off the camera. Go away!" as he smacked the camera during the book signing event.

Howe replied "I will not go away. I will not turn off the camera. We are in public. Are you worried, perhaps, about the criminal liability of being a partner to mass murder after the fact? You know that is a real concern because the truth is coming out."

Reportedly, David Frum swung repeatedly at the camera during this statement before members of event security separated him from Howe and sent him back to his seat. Moments later, Frum got up from his seat to assault Howe for a second time after over-hearing a discussion with the security guard regarding ‘the neo-con agenda laid out in PNAC documents.’

David Frum allegedly tried to break the camera while Howe announced to the recording that "he’s assaulting me, and I have it on film."

Frum then said, "I don’t want to be on your camera." Stewart Howe responded, "We’re in public. I’ve just been assaulted by David Frum on film."

Security escorted the We Are Change L.A. reporter from the event on grounds that he was obstructing the book signing, though the guard agreed that Howe had a right to free speech and that Frum had assaulted him.

Members of the book signing staff objected that he was holding up the line. Howe objected that no one was in-line and that he had asked the question in a civil and polite manner.

Members of We Are Change L.A. tried to clarify the incident with David Frum during an event the following day (April 27th) where reporters say Frum again became upset and battered their cameras.

Two members of We Are Change in New York were recently assaulted for asking a question during a Laura Bush speaking event. Gary Talis was falsely charged with 3rd degree Assault and framed in the NY Post as having attacked a girl in a wheelchair despite the fact that witnesses on the scene say that it was actually the girl’s father who had provoked the fight with Talis and even used his disabled daughter ‘as a weapon.’

Multiple neo-con blogs then called for violence to be carried out against Talis, despite the fact that the NY Post account contradicted the police report.

The response of provocation and violence has been entirely unilateral on the part of neo-conservatives and their supporters– an unfortunate response to the peaceful activism of We Are Change and other 9/11 truth groups that have proved effective at holding members of the establishment accountable.

The use of violence to combat peaceful activism was first called for in talking points from the mainstream media and is now being put into action by neo-con thugs everywhere to intimidate and challenge those trying to expose the truth.

Howe is considering pressing charges against the former Bush Administration speech writer in relation to assault/battery on the basis of video evidence and security eyewitnesses.



HOWE: Here he is– the man the myth, the legend– David Frum.

FRUM: The one thing I regret from our last conversation is that I didn’t say to you what my friend Christopher Hitchens said.

HOWE: What, you’re friend said which type of medication? (apparently referring to a previous incident)

FRUM: No, no, — which is, you should fuck off.

HOWE: Oh, okay .. alright… Well, I guess we kind of saw that one coming — but gosh you got me back on my heels here. Let me then pose you an A or B question very civilly– A) do you think you think that this hoax which is the 9/11 investigation is going to keep on going

(Frum gets up from table approximately 5 ft. away)

HOWE (cont’d): could you perhaps see that there will be culpability fears

(Frum now approaching Howe from around camera– reaching for camera lens, swatting)

FRUM: Turn off the camera. (smacks it) Go away! [Hit camera]

(Frum walks away.)

HOWE: I will not go away. I will not turn off the camera. We are in public. Are you worried, perhaps, about the criminal liability?

(Howe turns to avoid Frum swinging, hits camera)

HOWE (cont’d): Of being a partner to mass murder after the fact. You know that is a real concern because the truth is coming out.

FRUM: Go away–

(An older woman wearing an ‘event staff’ shirt gets between the altercation)

EVENT STAFF: I’m going to have to ask you to leave; (Frum walks away)

HOWE: I’m being polite; I’m asking him a question. It’s my first amendment right as a citizen.

EVENT STAFF: But not in this context .

HOWE: And he’s too scared to address the question. Look at him running away. As the truth continues to come out, Mr. Frum, there are going to be criminal charges against all of those who are complicit in mass murder after the fact because of the cover-up. And you know that’s very real possibility.

You should be scared. You should be unwilling to address this, you know. Because when it all comes out there are going to be a lot of people held responsible for the deaths. I mean, you must be a little concerned about that.You know the house of cards is falling apart. The 9/11 commission report is a joke.

SOMEONE IN CROWD : If you want to ask him a question, buy a book

HOWE: I’m asking a question. There’s no one in line.

(Security walks up).

HOWE: I’m asking a question

SECURITY: What’s going on here?

BOOKSIGNING STAFF : The author is signing for the people who’ve made purchases. (There is no one actually in line.) And we don’t know the validity of him being press.

(muffled audio)

HOWE: No, I have not made a purchase

WOMAN: He’s crowding me in line

HOWE: But there’s nobody in line

HOWE: I’M actually with WeAreChange LA media and I’m asking a civil, polite question. IF the 911 investigation continues to fall apart and the facts come out, if he’s worried about being held liable as a co-conspirator in cover-up after the fact.

SECURITY: I see what you’re saying. it’s a reasonable question. We just don’t want anyone creating an obstruction.

HOWE: As you can see, there’s nobody in line to get books signed.

SECURITY: I know, I understand, but you’re making people uncomfortable

HOWE: Yeah, well, it’s not my intention to be irritating, but it is an irritating question– the situation of the murders in Iraq and the murders on 9/11 were irritating beyond irritating.

HOWE:And Mr. Frum is a neo-conservative; they have spelled out their agenda– (Frum gets up from table) –in the PNAC docs and he must have to run away rather than face a simple question.

(Frum again lunges at Howe, swings at camera.)

HOWE: Now He’s assaulting me. And I have it on film.

FRUM: I don’t want to be on your camera.

HOWE: We’re in public. I’ve just been assaulted by David Frum on film.

(Security guard witnesses this.)

SECURITY: You need to take a walk with me this way.

HOWE: And the grounds would be?

SECURITY: I’m just trying to save you some trouble.

Very professional questioning of Mr. Frum, who was behaving

like scum.

Consider mass emailing truth messages. More info here: http://www.911blogger.com/node/13321

Frum the Bum.

Wow! That was great, you handled it so well, I am impressed! It was great to see so few people buying his book. I am sure you spoiled his lunch, with a little luck maybe he'll start having nightmares, lord knows he helped create enough of them.

Yes, nightmares like

Yes, nightmares like this.


“On the altar of God, I swear eternal hostility against all forms of tyranny over the mind of man."--Thomas Jefferson


good TV!

I am impressed by your persistence and courage

He sure looked uncomfortable, alright, but not even close to how uncomfortable he will feel when he is on trial.

Good professional, peaceful job of asking the hard questions to someone who is used to being insulated from the consequences of his actions.

The house of cards is coming down. The truth will be known.

Thanks to you WE ARE CHANGE LA.


Frum is unhinged.

“On the altar of God, I swear eternal hostility against all forms of tyranny over the mind of man."--Thomas Jefferson


You really, and I mean REALLY got under this pompous and supremely odious individual's skin. This is the perfect question to keep putting into these criminals' faces again and again and again and AGAIN: AS the official story of 9/11 falls irrevocably into shreds, how do they feel that increasing numbers of Americans and people around the world are holding them directly responsible for the mass-murder of 9/11, its criminal cover-up, and over a million deaths around the world since?

Faced with the issue that bluntly, Frum just had, HAD to demonstrate that legendary Neo-con machismo by not one but two acts of physical aggression! Still, in his defense, there's nothing like a preppy he-man to make me go all weak in the knees. He's like, like a David Gergen on 'roids!!!

As I recall, David Frum is the self-proclaimed man of God who, in the run-up to the Iraq war, authored a widely read editorial that listed a whole bunch of reasons Jesus would kill people. Pertaining to 9/11, perhaps he has a few he still hasn't shared with us?

Now I ask, would an innocent man with a clean conscious behave as the sniveling coward in this video does? I mean...would he???

Tom Breidenbach

I sent you an email, Tom.

I sent you an email, Tom. Did you receive it?

“On the altar of God, I swear eternal hostility against all forms of tyranny over the mind of man."--Thomas Jefferson

Nicely played

The neo-cons are llke a wounded, dangerous, conscience-less animal that is increasingly getting forced into a corner....a very dangerous time....

What happens when the entire country eventually (soon?) becomes aware of the truth that the Official Fairy Tale is a lie (and also where the facts point)....but politicians and the media still keep desperately clinging to the official lie? National cognitive dissonance of unbelievable proportions.

9/11 Truth ends the 9/11 Wars

"HOWE: As you can see,

"HOWE: As you can see, there’s nobody in line to get books signed."

Gee, I wonder why?


I guess it is the Axis of LOGIC at work here.

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

Frum: "Up your meds"

No, perhaps you should up your meds, David Frum. Or should I say: Up yours! Good work Stewart.

If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.

Speaking of Outrage

Pls see (if you haven't already) How to create an Angry American


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

The down voting strikes again

All positive comments, and yet still down-voted by whom exactly?

Frum the scum squirmed like a worm. What a loser! So uncomfortable, and yet comforting to watch all at the same time. Excellent job of staying calm, projecting confidence, and being persistent despite Frum's multiple physical assaults (well, assualt is verbal, battery is physical, but either way he is still a total d-bag.)

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Tell him what you think about that assault....

Nicely done! You guys are

Nicely done! You guys are great!

What was it you were obstructing? Ha!

We need more people unafraid of doing this . . . maybe even some red-blooded MIA Fourth Estate journalists!

What a concept . . .

Frum attacks Howe

As with so many We Are change LA videos the tone of voice is excellent. The complements to the security official were great.

First a critique: This would be hard to achieve, but I just want to raise it as a goal. Gandhi was very unusual in that he was genuinely concerned with the spiritual life of his adversaries. The general tack of addressing Frum's feelings about being charged with war crimes is not far afield. I understand he was already afraid of you from an earlier encounter. Gandhi would not take please in his adversary being afraid. You note that your tone is not meant to get anyone upset. You might specifically assert that it is the content of your question rather than your tone that upsets people. Also,I am concerned that your personal criticism of Frum outside of earshot can serve as an impediment to other truthers who have more trouble being polite than you. While you were with him, you noted he was afraid. I might urge him not to be afraid. Try to find something to give him credit for.

An excellent American commentator on this problem was Barbara Deming who developed a two hands theory, "have as it were two hands upon [the oppressor]—the one calming him, making him ask questions, as the other makes him move." The hand that makes him move may even move him to switch sides and support the protestors' cause. I refer you to U Colorado Prof Ira Chernus' excellent chapter on Deming http://spot.colorado.edu/~chernus/NonviolenceBook/Deming.htm

Now a comment on the dangers facing truthers. It is a good sign that our adversaries try to repress us. It means we're getting somewhere. For those like Howe who can keep his cool, there is a lot of potential for creating powerful scenes. Gene Sharp's basic text The Politics of Nonviolent Action has a chapter entitled"Challenge Brings Repression". The greatest lesson from the organizing of my youth, my anti-nuclear power days in New England, is that challenge brings repression. We called off what would have been the largest civil disobedience in US history basically because the state of NH successfully intimidated enough central organizers.

I don't know Stewart Howe or his personal situation, so I can't reasonably say he should have continued until he was arrested, but this is the perfect type of situation to highlight our issues. With CD, some people would damage their careers, others can't risk spending time away from their normal life, others are claustrophobic. Nevertheless, if those of us who expect to be rounded up during the next false flag terror attack could find situations like this where the adversary is being unreasonable, a civil disobedience is perfect. I'm unhappy with most CD in the US, partly because arrests occur in less than sympathetic situations and partly because Americans want to break the law and not pay the penalty. The court will generally not want to sentence first time offenders, so it takes some doing to get a sentence.

Below is a link to my paragraph length summary of moral jujitsu which I learned from Sharp.



we need to prod our adversaries to confront their own humanity whenever possible, and embrace them when they do.

Only the true sociopaths are unreachable (and you really don't want to hang around them for any length of time, anyway).

I don't think that Mr. Frum is a sociopath and this is why he reacts the way he does (guilty demeanor).

Perhaps Mr. Frum can be peeled away from his PNAC past, come out of the shadows and into the light.

There is more than enough fear in the world already, we don't need to generate more unnecessarily and contribute to the devolution of humanity.

Choose love over fear, brothers and sisters, as it is infinitely stronger and will lead us where we want to be.

Thank you for your thoughtful, post, davidslesinger, I hope that you and yours are well.

The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.

Can't wait for the Sequel!!!!

WAC LA has his number! Another simple grilling may put Frum over the top? He's his own worst enemy! Frum's incivility impresses with remarks such as "F.O." and "Bye"!

It's a memorable encounter--can't wait for a sequel! It should be titled, "Frum: FOAD!"

...don't believe them!