In the Public Spotlight, Chicago, IL and the Web: the Legitimacy of 9/11 Questions
In Chicago, the Republican Congressional candidate has attacked the Democrat for a campaign ad featuring an Iraq War vet who supports the 9/11 victims families right to answers, and says the Iraq War was based on lies, including Hussein's connection to 9/11. According to the Chicago Tribune, "He also said he does not doubt that Al Qaeda terrorists were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.". "Last June, the Peoria Journal Star reported that Davis wore a black T-shirt proclaiming "Investigate 9/ firstname.lastname@example.org" while sitting at a table at a Peoria library where books, fliers and DVDs supporting conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks were on display." "Seals spokeswoman Elisabeth Smith said she didn't "really see what is so controversial" about using Caleb Davis in the ad. Davis, 25, is a Peoria native who spent five months in Iraq as an Army diver and got an honorable discharge in 2004." The reporter and Tribune present the Republican view and also the Democrat side, which apparently supports the OCT as well as the right to freedom of speech, press and to petition the govt. They mention 911Truth.org, the Official Coverup Guide and the Top 40, but refer to 9/11 questions and the truth movement as "conspiracy theories" and "9/11 conspiracy movement".
Dan Seals defends attack ad against Rep. Mark Kirk in 10th Congressional District race: Iraq War veteran in TV spot is at issue
By Susan Kuczka | Chicago Tribune reporter
October 15, 2008
North Shore Democratic congressional candidate Dan Seals' campaign on Tuesday defended using an Iraq War veteran with ties to the 9/11 conspiracy movement in a new TV ad attacking Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk for supporting the war.
Seals spokeswoman Elisabeth Smith said she didn't "really see what is so controversial" about using Caleb Davis in the ad. Davis, 25, is a Peoria native who spent five months in Iraq as an Army diver and got an honorable discharge in 2004.
Last June, the Peoria Journal Star reported that Davis wore a black T-shirt proclaiming "Investigate 9/ email@example.com" while sitting at a table at a Peoria library where books, fliers and DVDs supporting conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks were on display. The organization argues the government's version of the terrorist attacks is fraudulent and offers a "Top 40 Reasons to Doubt the Official Story" and an "Official Coverup Guide."
Kirk, who was in the Pentagon when the airplane crashed into it Sept. 11, 2001, called on Seals to stop airing the ad.
"I am disappointed that you would center your campaign on a spokesman who believes the U.S. government murdered nearly 3,000 of its own citizens," Kirk said in his Monday letter to Seals, a Wilmette resident who is challenging Kirk again after coming close in 2006.
Smith said Tuesday that Seals has no plans to pull the ad and said the focus should be on the ad's contention that Kirk supported the war and hasn't done enough to help veterans.
The 30-second ad does not identify Davis by name. Seals' media consultant Ann Liston, whose firm produced the ad, said the campaign "could have, but we felt he is one soldier, but he also represents the voice of many. It was more of a choice, than a strategic decision."
Davis declined to talk to the Tribune. In an e-mail released through the Seals campaign, Davis denied any official affiliation with members of 911truth.org. He also said he does not doubt that Al Qaeda terrorists were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
He also defended his decision to protest the Iraq War, writing, "I attended an event because I was sent by my government to fight in a war that was based on lies, including the lie that Iraq was involved in the 9/11 attacks. . . . I have worked on behalf of families of the victims of 9/11. Many of them have requested additional investigation because they believe that the 9/11 Commission still left many questions unanswered."
Makes the front page of HuffingtonPost.com
Dan Seals Defends Anti-War Attack Ad
Chicago Tribune | Susan Kuczka | October 15, 2008 01:24 PM
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