9/11 Truth, Breaking Through the Media Blackout in OZ!

By John Bursill

Well what a week we’ve had here in oz fighting the 9/11 info war! As you may all be aware Truth Action Australia organized a recent Conference in Sydney, Australia in March of this year. The aim of this conference was to gather intellectuals and activists together over a weekend to learn more about the 9/11 events and discuss the way forward to truth and justice. It was also hoped that we may be able to break the media blackout in Australia by the attendance of some high profile speakers like Dr Bob Bowman and Yukihsa Fujita MP, unfortunately this did not happen.

Since the conference Truth Action Australia www.truthaction.org.au and 911oz www.911oz.com have made a concerted effort to have the news of Fujita’s attendance to the Sydney Conference and the 9/11 questions he is asking, heard and seen by the Australian public. We decided to target our campaign at our publicly funded broadcaster the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The ABC has Australia wide coverage in all forms of media and has the confidence of the Australian public being the most available and trusted news source. Our efforts involved complaints, letters, e-mails and demonstrations that included distributing DVD’s and information to the ABC staff. This news is especially important in Fujita’s case as Australia is a major trading partner with Japan and Councilor Fujita Directs the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs and Defense making his questions highly significant in our region. The ABC’s charter, is to “inform” the Australian people of news that is of “National Interest”, so this definitely fits the bill!

After two months of consistent pressure on the ABC, Hereward Fenton of 911oz was given a chance to write an opinion piece for the “Unleashed” section of the ABC home page www.abc.net.au/unleashed called “Unanswered 9/11 questions”. Hereward wrote an extremely well crafted piece that was non-speculative and well linked to the best evidence exposing the falsehoods of the “official 9/11 conspiracy theory”! Hereward was well on his way to setting a new record for comments in the “Unleashed” section when a complaint by a regular blogger “IA” stopped all comments. His complaint was regarding us encouraging people to comment at ABC at the 911oz.com forum and this was seen by the editor as evidence of a campaign to get a higher profile for this article. Was this fair? Well considering this “IA” had been the most prolific poster of comments in a consistently derogatory and ad-hominem manner; seemingly trying to intimidate persons from commenting in an obvious attempt to stifle the debate; I would say no! As we the 9/11 Truth advocates had the overwhelming genuine majority support for a new investigation into the 9/11 event, this censorship on balance was unfair and uncalled for!

We all now expected the ABC would allow a rebuttal of Herewards piece questioning the 9/11 event, we were surprised at how poor the attempt would be and how poorly sourced it was. This piece was called “Conspiracy theory lunacy” by Hugh Tobin heavily relying on statements like “The 9/11 Commission set up in 2002 interviewed over 1,200 people in 10 countries and reviewed over two and a half million pages of documents before releasing a 571-page report explaining how and why the World Trade Centre buildings collapsed” and quotes from the discredited Popular Mechanics book “Debunking 9/11 Myths”. It was also important to note that Mr. Tobin introduced the ideas of prejudice within the 9/11 Movement saying that he had been attacked online at 911oz.com being called a MOSSAD agent, as if this was the norm! Now since that article has gone up we have continued the debate successfully until on Thursday afternoon when the frequency of clearance of posts slowed dramatically and many of our rebuttals were not appearing at all? We are wondering why…..?

While all this was happening another article was dropped into the “Unleashed” section as a way of wrapping up this “conspiracy theory theme” called “The philosophy of conspiracy” by David Coady. It is an interesting piece and one which most 9/11 Truth Advocates would support in part, unfortunately he does not give us the credit with possibly being right! He says “In the case of 9/11 the question is "Who are the conspirators, Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, or George Bush and the American security services?" The correct answer to this question is so well established by now that nothing further I can say here could be expected to convince the 9/11 truthers.” while being dismissive of us he does leave the door open, a little. He then goes on to say “Yet it is vital to any open society that there are respected sources of information which are independent of official sources, and which can freely contradict them and not be dismissed without argument. The widespread view that conspiracy theories are always, or even typically, irrational is not only itself irrational, it is dangerous.” this is truly a cutting and well thought out comment on society today! In summing up his contribution this quote does it very well “We need a name for people who irrationally reject evidence of conspiracy, to give our political discourse some much needed balance. The expression "coincidence theorist", which has gained some currency on the Internet, goes some way to meeting this need.” Hooray for David he is drawing attention to the “dangerous” "coincidence theorist", so maybe he is on our side, in secret?

This was a great “week of truth” in Australia and I encourage you all to read these three articles at www.abc.net.au/unleashed and comment as you like. I would also recommend Hereward’s article for use as a resource in any e-mail campaign as it is a great summary of our best arguments!

We now plan to continue our campaign to encourage the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to do an actual news report on 9/11 and the quest for a new investigation!

To contact the ABC and congratulate them in their recent editorial decision to allow these opinion pieces, please go to this link http://www.abc.net.au/contact/contactabc.htm . You may also challenge them on the quality of Hugh Tobin’s piece “Conspiracy theory lunacy” and the stopping of comments on Hereward Fenton’s piece “Unanswered 9/11 questions”.

Kind regards John Bursill – Truth Action Australia

i sent a email to the

i sent a email to the Australian abc.
i thanked them... for letting the first 911 story onto their web site.
it might counteract some of the offensive ones they might be getting.....

email went...
i thank you for posting the story "Unanswered 9/11 questions".
it is about time one of our media groups stood up to the media blockade on the multitude of discrepancies and scientifically illogical story that was but forth by the bush administration concerning that terrible day.

the inconstancies and constant flip flopping and politically motivated obstructions and distortions do indeed need to be dragged into the light.

with retired and current members of the c.i.a, retired and current political figures from many western and eastern countries stand on podiums next to military men of the highest order declaring that not only were we not told the truth but we were intentionally lied to and continue to be i knew it would only be a mater of time before one of our more honest and respected news sources began to open a line of inquiry into what is now a overwhelmingly popular position "we were not told all the facts".

you might want to do a story on the first responders of 911?
many are sick or dying or dead.
their is a media black ban on that too, many are denied benefits even though they are on respirators with massive exposure to asbestos.

these men and women ran into hell without a thought to their own safety, some did not make it out but the ones that did are dropping like flies from their illnesses and the resulting numbers will eventually massively exceed the total amount lost on that terrible day itself.
neglect of care for these people is a crime.
not covering their neglect is being accomplices to that crime.

i thank you again for your courage and commitment to the education of the Australian people!
you are a little late to the party but your a welcome guest.
email end..

no need to burn bridges....

With all respect to your efforts...

...what I don't understand is why the 9/11 Truth movement cares so much about the mainstream media. We have books, DVDs, radio shows, meeting groups, and above all the internet, with its articles, forums, video clips, and organizing. We do not need them. Let them lose viewers and income as more and more people follow up on alternative media outlets that are more open and less subject to control and special influence.

Let the mainstream media sink away into irrelevancy.

sadly there are some that

sadly there are some that will never be persuaded unless their tv tells them...
when the media is forced to exposed the lies we have won.
the amount and truthfulness of 911 related stories making it onto the main stream is a clear indication of our success.

my children are not cannon fodder for the n.w.o.

Pushing beyond the Internet...

Because we need to continually reach out to new audiences. Timeliness is important as well.

While we certainly do not "need" the mainstream media,

we should not stop trying to "break" the myriad of fascinating 9/11-related stories into the msm as we continue to develop and disseminate information through the various alternative media streams.

Right now I think we should lead our efforts at getting msm coverage with the plight of those suffering from the dust and their shameful abandonment by the government. Not only is it the "right" thing to do, it is the strategically wise thing to do.

Just imagine how much easier our job would be if straight 9/11 investigative reporting was on the front page of every newspaper day after day and the lead story on every nightly news program night after night.

Of course, when this does happen, we will have to pay particular attention to how they spin it and what kind of a limited hangout they are pushing.

Our most effective work will always be one-on-one, brothers and sisters, so keep talking to your friends, family, co-workers and people behind you in line at the grocery store.

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


because the Mainstream Media (MSM) is the public space. Its where information is disseminated to a mass of people, openly, and which can and does influence the power brokers. Witness the effect of SBS Dateline program.....The internet websites in comparison and poky little holes in the wall, set up by people of varying qualities and abilities. These have les public influence...esp given al;ot of internet sits show low intelligence and dodgy character.

The ABC is a different type of media

The ABC is a different type of media organsaiton so it is importnant to get on there. It is Australia taxpayer funded through the Australian Government and has no ads and is not allowed to show ads. It covers Australia nationally with both TV and Radio as well as overseas transmisisons via Satelite and Shortwave. Getting on "My ABC" in Australia has an increadible amount of credibiilty.

I've tried myself with the ABC by sending letters and DVDs to two of the ABC's 4 Corners program's most respected journalists Chris Masters and Liz Jackson early last year and only received one email that Liz Jackson had given the information to the 4 Corners producers to review. Nothing has happened since and further followups have been met with only form letters as replies. I also sent to George Fungus on SBS's Dateline but have heard nothing. A disgusting lack response really from my ABC, but what's new.

Hugh Tobin works for the Institute of Public Affairs

I see that Hugh Tobin works for the Institute of Public Affairs and that Former Kennet Government Treasurer Alan Stockdale is on their board. Need I say more, but I will; so I looked at some of the articles on their web site and surprise, surprise they are a right wing think tank. Who would have thought!

Apparently Hugh: "has a degree in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne, a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations from RMIT University and is currently completing his Master of Communication." I wonder if he slept through the lectures that discussed the importance of doing thorough research and getting your facts straight on a subject before you write about it?

Eh what does it matter really. All we need is for people to go to Google or Youtube and search on 9/11 and they will be on their way to finding out the truth for themselves. Just talking about 9/11 from any angle is good as it hopefully sparks curiosity in people. I'm sure the 9/11 truth movement constantly grows as curious people turn into knowledgeable people on the subject of 9/11 and then become skeptical of what they where originally lead to believe happened.

Thankyou 911blogger!

Thanks for putting this up and thanks for fixing up the links!

I would also like to thank all who helped this break through, not just in Australia but around the world including people like Cosmos, Carol, Hummux and Ken just to name a few!

Together we will win!

WE GOT TO TAKE THE POWER BACK!... rage against the machine!!