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Open Letter to the Denver Post

Open Letter to the Denver Post

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To Mr. Dan Haley October 8, 2009
Denver Post Editorial Page Editor

Since we have not heard back from you after sending this letter, and after several phone calls to which you have not responded, we have chosen to publish our letter as an open letter.

You are the person who chooses which editorials are printed in the Denver Post, thus we write with the following observation, complaint, and request for a face-to-face discussion:

With Vincent Carroll's article, "Public TV and the Truthers," this is the third time within a few weeks of which we are aware that the Denver Post has treated the thousands of citizens of this country (and around the world) who work for a new and real investigation into 9/11 with contempt and ridicule.

Besides Mr. Carroll's article, there was Joanne Ostrow's article, "KBDI pushes limits on controversial pledge tie-ins," and even Mike Littwin gave a hostile jab saying the "truthers" are more weird than the "birthers."

As shown below, the articles fail to meet the Posts’s own published ethical standards for journalism such as the requirements of intellectual honesty, to present all sides, to be fair and even-handed, and to avoid loaded phrasing. None of the authors has attempted to present any facts or a reasoned analysis for their dismissal of these citizens. They instead have all stooped to ad hominem attacks, displaying a striking and perplexing lack of curiosity as to why a new investigation is supported by 45% of American citizens (2006 Zogby poll). Thus, the overall tone of each piece is that of propaganda and not news or journalism.

Besides ignoring the evidence and facts which sustain this growing worldwide movement (see postscript below for a number of examples), you are also failing to inform your readers about the four mothers from New Jersey who were widowed on September 11th (aka "the Jersey girls") who went to Washington and waged a battle with the Bush administration to bring about the original 9/11 Commission. Those widows, who merely sought accountability and answers, ultimately concluded that the Commission served to cover up the issues rather than address them. They are now supporting the voter petition that has been signed by 80,000 New York City residents to put the issue on the ballot this November (see nyccan.org) and create a new 9/11 investigation in New York. You are completely missing this human interest story.

In reviewing the ethics guidelines of the Denver Post, we were surprised to find these sentences (emphasis added):

As journalists, we seek the truth and strive to present a responsible and fair glimpse of the world. Our power must be used responsibly. The newspaper is our powerful vehicle, and we endeavor to face the public with respect and candor.

Our power must be used responsibly. Our notebooks and cameras are tickets into people's lives, sacred worlds and complex institutions.

Our job is to intensely scrutinize the activities of others as watchdogs that challenge authority and give voice to the voiceless. Our own actions should withstand equally intense scrutiny. We should be transparent.

Transparency is won through accuracy, compassion, intellectual honesty and an introspective mission to convey complete, contextual views of our world.

Our goal is to begin and end each day with a primary obligation to the public's right to know.

With every ethical scar, we threaten a delicate relationship with readers. Ethical breaches violate hard-earned trust and shatter our credibility.

The constant tension of demanding a better society, while still living in it, is an obligation of a passionate and compassionate journalist.

Ethics is the constant process of examining and drawing these lines. It is a communal effort, and we should hold each other accountable in the protection of our values.

Nailing our stories can be as simple as phoning three people - or as grueling as spending months chiseling away the nonessential, the rumor, the red herrings.

Our aim is to deliver the facts with precision and context.

We believe in getting not only both sides, but "all" sides.

A strong sense of fair play must imbue our writing, accurately reflecting motives of sources. The tone and language of stories must be even-handed and avoid loaded phrasing.

Mr. Haley, how we agree with these ethical standards! But we submit that each point in this list has been ignored by these authors and thus by the Denver Post, thereby violating its ethical standards. The writers have been anything but the "watchdogs that challenge authority." The 45% of Americans who believe we should have a new and real investigation, and the citizens who have devoted themselves to educating the public about the extensive evidence showing that we have not been told the truth about what happened on 9/11 have been rendered "voiceless" in the Denver Post. Finally, a "strong sense of fair play" has not imbued the writing of these authors, and most obviously, "all sides" are not being heard in this important debate.

With frustration, yet in the spirit of respectfully holding "each other accountable," we suggest that we have a face-to-face meeting to determine how we can work together to help the Denver Post regain its moral high ground expressed so eloquently in the ethical guidelines on your website. We suggest that we include as many of the above-mentioned columnists as possible, and we would like to include from our group a journalism major, an engineer, and an attorney who are very interested in meeting with you to discuss this situation.

To consider the possibility that we have not been told the truth about 9/11 takes courage, as it involves a paradigm shift that threatens our worldview. Yet the evidence and history will bear out that the paradigm shift is necessary to conform to present reality. We invite you to do what Martin Luther King advised: "do not what is politic or expedient, but do what is right."

We are an educational organization, and our intent is not a confrontation, but a sincere mutual outreach to get to know each other and discuss this civilly.

Yours truly,

Colorado 9/11 Visibility

Michael Anderson
Tim Boyle, Manager at a software company
Jon Fox, Major, USMC (retired), Captain Continental Airlines (retired)
Michael D. Haughey, P.E.
Marti Hopper, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Dorothy Lorig, MA, National Certified Counselor
Gregg Roberts, Co-author, "Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe;" Associate Editor, AE911Truth.org, 911Research.com
Simone Schellen
Frances Shure, Licensed Professional Counselor
Earl Staelin, Attorney
Michael Wolsey, visibility911.com

P.S: Here are a few examples of the evidence and facts which fully justify the search for what happened on 9/11 and the movement for a real investigation and accountability:

1) Three WTC buildings collapsed in a manner that was unprecedented in the history of steel-frame buildings (except by controlled demolition). The 47-story WTC 7 collapsed that day, even though it was not hit by a plane, and had a few relatively small, isolated fires. The government's top investigative engineers (NIST) have agreed that the collapse exhibited precisely freefall acceleration for more than 100 feet. Freefall means nothing is supporting the structure that is falling.

Even though NIST concluded that the twin WTC towers fell in 11 and 9 seconds, essentially free fall speed, a more careful researcher, David Chandler, has measured the acceleration of the North Tower for several seconds of its "collapse" and found it to be approximately 2/3 of freefall. But it is the constancy and symmetry of this downward acceleration that causes more than 900 architects and engineers to call for a new and full investigation of 9/11 and the building collapses.

They agree that the only reasonable interpretation of these facts is that the underlying structure of all three buildings was removed by explosives. There is no known alternative explanation, and NIST does not offer one. They simply admitted these facts and then refused to investigate the possibility that controlled demolition was used to bring down the WTC buildings. The 9/11 Commission never mentioned WTC 7.

2) No tall steel building has ever collapsed due to fire, even much worse and longer fires than those on 9/11. There are many examples of this.

3) Nanothermite, a powerful military explosive, was found in abundance in all four independently collected samples of WTC dust.

4) General Ahmad, head of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, with close ties to the CIA, had $100,000 wired to Mohammed Atta a week before 9/11, and then met with high-ranking Bush administration officials in Washington in the week leading up to 9/11. The 9/11 Commission refused to investigate these facts and failed to report them in its official report.

5) Norman Mineta, Secretary of Transportation on 9/11, testified to facts suggesting that Vice President Cheney ordered an air defense stand-down on 9/11. Other witnesses corroborate that a stand-down order came from the highest levels of the White House.

6) The government has refused to release any of the 85 videos that would show exactly what hit the Pentagon, and seized all private such videos within minutes after 9/11.

7) Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI, when asked why there is no mention of 9/11 on Bin Laden’s Most Wanted web page, said: “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.”

8) The failure of the 9/11 Commission:
The chairs of the Commission have stated “We were set up to fail.”

Philip Zelikow, executive director of the 9/11 Commission, wrote the Bush administration’s preemptive war doctrine, a fact he failed to disclose to the Commission before his selection, and according to Phillip Shenon of the New York Times, he wrote an outline of the Commission’s proposed findings before the investigation had begun.

60% of the 9/11 commissioners have publicly stated that the government agreed not to tell the truth about 9/11 and that the Pentagon was engaged in deliberate deception about their response to the attack.

In August 2006, in the Washington Post, John Farmer, senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, stated: "I was shocked how different the truth was from the way it was described... "The (NORAD Air Defense) tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years…."

Commissioner Max Cleland, an ex-Senator from Georgia, resigned, stating: "It is a national scandal. This investigation is now compromised. One of these days we will have to get the full story because the 9/11 issue is so important to America. But this White House wants to cover it up."

Several top commissioners suspected such serious deception that they considered referring the matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation.

Over 25% of the footnotes in the 9/11 Commission Report refer to information obtained through torture making it highly unreliable and inadmissible in a court of law.

I'd get the editor on video

if he doesn't meet with you.

Thanks.

Impressive response letter. Thanks for posting!

With Rare Exceptions, Media In Lockstep On 9/11

It seems this cause is best served by devoting its time to its own activism, which has generated results.

Attempting to reason with media figures has seldom if ever succeeded.

Much better it seems to continue to educate the public and devise ways of converting public enlightenment into positive action.

Common sense and history suggests that major media is largely a tool for control over the public's imagination and activity.

There is a lot more cowards in America

than brave folks.

Brave folks want to straighten this Country out &stop the facade.

Media won't budge but how about music?

The TV stations won't budge. Some probably because of corruption like Fox, but the local stations, because 9/11 Truth is not popular or cool yet. I think efforts on media are awesome. I'll argue thought that we need to create a truth Rock movement because people spend alot of time at clubs and concerts, and music is a form of alternative media. Just imagine if the clubs, punk rock shows, Rap/Hip Hop shows around the country become 9/11 truth meetings - with awesome music.

MSM won't budge, but musicians will. But that is still super tough getting people to care or see 9/11 truth as what 'cool' people do.

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Aspiring truther - I'm working hard to start a Truth Rock movement. What would the 60's have been without music? Help me make Truth Rock mainstream.

My musical contribution

Poison In The System - by Ken Eichler

http://kenstunes.com/KensTunes/Music/Poison%20In%20The%20System.mp3

distribute freely

"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right." Thomas Paine

Awesome song Ken!

I'm a drummer and I appreciate a song with solid drumming. That's exactly the kind of stuff we need.

There really should be compilation, available on ITunes, proceeds for first responders

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Aspiring truther - I'm working hard to start a Truth Rock movement. What would the 60's have been without music? Help me make Truth Rock mainstream.
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A video Idea if TRUTH-ROCK gets up and running...

Several years ago I contacted Sofia who did 911 Mysteries and asked how much it might cost to have her film closed captioned...IE: the words being superimposed on the video.

The purpose that I had in mind was to have 911 Mysteries playing silently in a loop on a large screen alongside one of the walls of music events.

In this way, the silent video, the looping and the written words, the music could be paid proper attention to and small bits an pieces of the info on 911 Mysteries could be consumed as wanted by the concert goers.

The cost for this at that time was about $1600...

My point in writing is that multi-media events such as this might be a great way to go IF there are any stirrings along the lines of 9/11 music tours. This idea might catch on and other videos could easily be closed captioned...most noteably, some of Richard Gage's work...especially the latest and shorter versions.

Truthers have put together a rather amazing collection of DVDs and the like that could serve such purposes.

Another "gorilla tactic" that Truthers could use these types of closed captioned videos for would be outdoor projections during summertime weather etc.

The "visulas" that come along with the fantastiic 9/11 videos will attract attention...and the public might just stop by and read a few words.

This is a GREAT way to replay all our videos and to reach more citizens...and...

...it reminds the public that the 9/11 Truth [for World PEACE] movement has not gone away and is getting better and better.

This should also bring about interesting discussions-considerations-interpretations-legal actions regarding our first amendment rights.

We have some Truther who do their work in Hollywood, maybe they can help with some technical stuff.

And, I suspect that if 9/11 Truth and Music gets started, it will trigger a lot more activism seeking many more truths about alotta things.

Now that Obama has "won?" the Nobel Peace Prize, I ask all Truthers that read any of my inputs to seriously consider broadening the scope of 9/11 Truth into 9/11 TRUTH for World PEACE.

At the end of the day, the events of 9/11 went through the halls of the Pentagon and several key people...
And every year the Pentagon spends more money on WARRING than all the rest of the worrld combined...
Most of us are convinced that 9/11 was a false-flag-operation intended to justify another unwanted war...
We get passionate, continuous and genuine support from all around the world...
Many people in many countries fear that the USofA may "choose" to attack or invade them...

Its MY view that the HI PERPS deeply fear that the 9/11Truth Movement and the Peace Movenments will combine forces and THIS is why there is so much resistance from inside the peace movements rejecting what we have discovered. The current peace movements and organizations have self-destructed and, or have been compromized from withing by infiltrations of cointelpros...somewhat admitted by the 60s grayhairs who have paid attention over the years...so...

Why don't we expand into a world-wide 9/11 movement that is focused upon peace on earth?

Its the same guilty culprits...the Pentagon and its merry money making friends in the MIlitary Industrial Complex.

We are not going to stop our truth seeking..and the HI PERPS are not gonna stop their warring profiteering...

Sounds like a good match to me...so, might as well devise all sorts of ways to get our message out...and I think that this is a good idea...and once one DVD has been closed captioned it can then be copied so we should be able to get any costs back...

love, peace and progress...and

9/11 TRUTH for World PEACE

Robin Hordon
Kingston, WA

Deadheads for 9/11 Truth

Now THAT'S a group that could get some traction. I have wanted to approach the surviving members of the Grateful Dead about the 9/11 Truth movement, but they are notoriously non-political. What would be a good approach? A letter signed by 100 deadheads? I think this idea of TruthRock has real potential.

"Comes a time when the blind man
takes your hand says: don't you see?"
--Robert Hunter

this 9/11 truth cause is best served by ...

an overwhelming diversity of tactics... i agree the mainstream media is in lockstep and impervious to reason, but that doesn't mean they should be let off the hook... they are fair game for truth activists. We should not try to confine 9/11 truth actions to a narrow focus on best evidence or whatever, we should experiment and employ a diversity of methods toward the ultimate goal of exposing the truth about 9/11 and calling the sponsors and enablers to account.

Kickass Letter

Bravo!

Thanks

Hadn't seen that before -- very powerful. I agreed with everything except the "god" part at the end.