Australian Broadcasting Corporation's 'Radio National' does Hit Piece on 9/11 Truth Advocates

April 13, 2010
By John Bursill, Engineer, 9/11 Truth Advocate and Researcher

Original article:

On April 12th, 2010 ABC Radio National's "Counterpoint" host Michael Duffy decided to weigh in on the truth of the 9/11 events. In this clearly biased and ludicrous attack on those who would question the still unexplained events of September 11, 2001, Duffy demonstrated he has done little research into the matter. Seemingly, he has decided research is neither warranted nor required to make wild assumptions about and apply derogatory labels to 9/11 researchers and their questions.

Michael Duffy - Journalist

In this short and emotive hit piece Duffy uses an excerpt from a recent lecture given by Clive Williams, Adjunct Professor at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University (ANU), to provide the spin. Professor Williams lays out an overview of the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories as part of his lecture called "Terrorism Conspiracy Theories and the 1978 Sydney Hilton bombings, Lockerbie, 9/11 and the London 7/7 bombings". This lecture will be played in full on Radio National's "Big Ideas" on Sunday 18th April at 5pm and is available in podcast at the ABC. In this excerpt Williams skims over the evidence of an alternate "conspiracy", citing the predictable "straw man" arguments and loose journalistic attempts to look at the evidence, using the Discovery Channel's laughable documentary, "9/11: Science and Conspiracy" as a reference. Ironically, Williams uses these absurdities ignorantly in his attempt to debunk the experts who are actually qualified to comment on such matters, and -- surprise, surprise -- he also conveniently forgets to mention them. In a desperate attempt to make sense of his "reality", Williams rolls out the blind academics' favourite proof that 9/11 was just as we were told -- yes, it's the argument that the government is, without doubt, just too damn incompetent to pull off such a complicated plan! Unfortunately, this so-called educator misses the irony in the stark "official reality" that 19 poorly trained and ill-equipped Arab hijackers did pull it off!

Duffy introduces this crude attempt at journalism as follows:

"Just who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington? Was it Osama Bin Laden or are there other contenders? Perhaps it was rogue government agents operating with the tacit support of an equally shadowy group of industrialists. Or maybe it was revenge-seeking aliens who escaped from area 51."

For readers who wish to listen to Duffy's Counterpoint piece, "Terrorism and Conspiracy Theories", it can be found here:

The fact that no criminal investigation of this mass murder has ever been carried out and those murdered included ten Australians is apparently of no consequence to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, as they continue to fail to report on the real 9/11 investigative news. I and many thousands of other Australians continue to wonder why we have not heard from our taxpayer-funded news service about the discovery of nanothermite in the dust by a team of international scientists, or about the demands of more than one thousand Architecture and Engineering Professionals for a new investigation into the building collapses. It is now clearly proven for those who care to look that without added energy from explosives, the three building collapses on 9/11 defy both logic and Newton's Laws of Motion. To the great shame of "our" ABC, its viewers and listeners are without a clue of this fact based on what their so-called journalists have produced to date.

A case can now be clearly made that the ABC is failing in its fiduciary duty to the Australian public and is actively supporting the cover-up of the events of 9/11. This is amply demonstrated with this simple listing of some of the important events they have failed to report on in Australia:

> The attendance of Councillor Yukihisa Fujita, Director of the Japanese Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs and Defence, to a conference in March 2008 in Sydney where he spoke questioning the 9/11 events and their use as a pretext to war
> Lectures made by Senior Architecture Lecturer Dr David Leifer at Sydney University, demonstrating the official version of the Towers' Collapse provably false in 2008 and in 2009
> The discovery of an explosive incendiary nanothermite in the dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe in 2009, by a team of international scientists including Australian Doctor of Chemistry, Frank Legge (see
> The recent milestone of "Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth" reaching 1,000 professional members including 40 Structural Engineers, one being an Australian Building Inspector, Paul Mason (see

It is probably most disturbing for us who care, however, that the ABC has never reported to the Australian public that the 9/11 victims' families are demanding a new investigation and have broad support by the majority of the world's population in questioning the official 9/11 "conspiracy theory". Please, Mr Duffy and Mr Williams -- please think again and consider that maybe it is you that are in need of a "reality check"?

Now, if one wished to make an excuse for the ABC, that perhaps they have not been made aware of these "realities", I will list what I personally know they have received from the Australian public to date:

1. Thousands of e-mails have been sent including links to documents and information about the truth of 9/11
2. Hundreds of complaints have been made to our ABC about a lack of coverage of evidence showing the official 9/11 story is false; many of those have gone all the way to the Board
3. Many press releases have been sent to them about events questioning 9/11 within Australia and the rest of the world, like the recent "Hard Evidence Tour" (see
Many invitations have been given to meet and discuss evidence with academics and researchers questioning 9/11
4. On no fewer than four separate occasions protests have been held at the ABC's Head Office and studios in Sydney where documents and DVDs have been hand-delivered to staff and journalists over many hours. At one recent protest American Architect Richard Gage, AIA, founder of, made himself available for interview in person, but alas, the ABC could not even send a junior reporter to investigate.

Unfortunately for us, the harsh reality of the ABC's failure to report the news about 9/11 explosive evidence is that the victims' families continue to suffer without closure and without justice, while wars in their name continue without any clear justification other than the official myth of 9/11.

Mr. Duffy and Mr. Williams, I will remind you, Sirs, that without truth there can be no justice and without justice there will never be peace on this Earth. Shame on you and the ABC. You are a disgrace to this great nation and to the field of journalism!


Complaints may be made to the ABC here:

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Thank you for this fine refutation. It is comprehensive and devastating to their cover-up.
Clearly these shills Duffy and Williams are as complicit in the crime after the fact as our own lying media perps in the US.

Yes it is obvious they are failing to uncover the truth! Why...?

Whether they are willing see the truth is the question I would like answered?

It's the ABC that has the real problem as it simply has to have some kind of standing order preventing investigation of 9/11!

Kind regards John

Willful ignorance

is necessary for the preservation of faith in the benignity of government authority ... without that certain belief, frail minds fall apart.

Ignoring, denying, discounting, rejecting, negating ... these psychological defences are employed to protect the frail minded.

Why so unwilling, you ask.

Why so unwilling, you ask.

I suspect many or most people in the US and among its allies, think we need to hate and also persecute Arabs/Muslims to maintain our lifestyle. It boils down to oil and finances, and the need for massive exploitation to keep it all flowing our way.. The state of Israel fits into this picture too, and we are all also aware of that. But we are not comfortable with acting this way, since it is clearly evil.

That's my theory. Of course, it points to unconscious ideation. Unconscious stuff is the hardest to get through.

It takes a new kind of bravery to consider 9-11 facts clearly. Namely, enough bravery to face our own unconscious worries and desires. Most people seem not ready for it.

Old News, But Not Forgotten

Australian Broadcasting Corporation did such a good job on September 12, 2001 reporting TWO explosions went off at the Pentagon. They also reported Captain Lincoln Liebner's (who worked in Rumsfeld's office) account of Flight 77 crashing into a helicopter on the heipad, setting fire to a nearby fire truck!

Interesting that ABC does a hit piece on 9/11 Truth one month after I found the above article and made it known here on 9/11 Blogger. Coincidence?

Dean Jackson/Editor-in-Chief
Washington, DC

Please comment on article at the ABC!

Out of 11 comments so far

10 are supportative of 9/11 truth and only one is opposed, and that one is clearly a shill!

Not a bad tally for 9/11 truth!

This shows that while ABC remains stubbornly oblivious to the truth, the general public is very much awake to it.

Hi John!

They are only moderating comments once a day so it seems, so who knows how many there are so far, they went up 10 hours ago...their could be 30+ by now?

Best John

Over 50 comments now and they are only clearing them once daily

Check these comments as they demonstrate how clear we are how obvious it is that we are logical and about evidence!

Kind regards John

This is exceptional ...

I checked back over recent episodes of Counterpoint, and they rarely provoke more than a handful of comments to each weekly show. This response sends a very clear message to the ABC, we're watching, we're awake to their ploys and we're ready to tackle the issue any time they like. They must be more than a little in awe at the scale and quality of responses they're receiving on their comments page... I certainly am!

Equal Tme

Thanks for bringing this appeal to ridicule to our attention.

"Dr Clive Williams, director of terrorism studies at the Australian National University, says documents provided by an Indian colleague suggested bin Laden died of massive organ failure in April last year."
January, 2006

With the release of each new "Bin Laden" statement since 2006, Dr Williams, terrorism "expert," has remained very quiet.

I phoned radio national a few hours ago and was promised a response to my complaint, although past experience suggests I shouldn't hold my breath.

I also posted a response on the radio national forum where your comment appears.
It hasn't been approved at this point, so here it is:

According to Engineering News Record (April, 1964), the WTC towers were designed with more than 2000% live load redundancy. That means you could remove 19 of every 20 columns and the buildings would remain standing.
The buildings were designed after the Empire State Building was struck by a wayward bomber, so the possibility of a jetliner impact was part of the design.
The resident structural engineer at WTC, employed initially to oversee repairs following the 1993 basement bombing, said, in January of 2001:

"The building was designed to have a FULLY LOADED 707 crash into it. That was the largest plane at the time. I believe that the building probably could sustain multiple impacts of jetliners because this structure is like the mosquito netting on your screen door -- this intense grid --
and the jet plane is just a pencil puncturing that screen netting.
IT REALLY DOES NOTHING to the screen netting." (History Channel)

During the ten minutes prior to the explosive "collapse" of the south tower, a metal fire burned at the 81st floor while a torrent of brightly glowing molten metal fell.
(NIST, NCSTAR 1-5a, Chapter 9, Appendix C)

Nota bene: Thermite/thermate is a kind of metal fire that produces a torrent of brightly glowing molten iron. It is a kind of fire that cannot be extinguished with water.
Perhaps that is why pools of molten metal were observed in the rubble at ground zero for several months.

Why didn't ABC interview Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth when he was in town?

Why did ABC completely ignore, for 7 years, the astonishing state-of-the-art "collapse" of WTC7?

Why has ABC never mentioned, not even once, the 5 explosives-tainted Israeli men arrested on September 11 after they were seen filming the attacks and "celebrating" in what was described, by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, as "joy and mockery?"

When Benjamin Netanyahu said, "We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attacks on the twin towers and the Pentagon," why did the ABC consider that statement unworthy of a mention?

Will the ABC give the victims of this hit-piece equal time to respond?

Kind Regards,

Great comments are slowly being allowed onto the site...

Unfortunately it seems the ABC is only moderating comments once a day? So I don't know when this comment below may appear. I will keep a record of comments that are sent to me by e-mail to make sure they are posted eventually...

If you have not seen your comment please e-mail me at

This is a cracker!

Posted by Geoff AKA gas4gaza

As an engineer, I know rationality must be ingrained into my working life of design. Otherwise bridges will collapse, and safety will be thrown out the door, resulting in injury or death to persons. Opinion and subjectivity is dangerous in engineering design, but these handicaps seem to be the tools of Mr. Clive Williams’ political trade, judging from his glib pronouncements about 9-11. A Google search brings up this man as an establishment intelligence aficionado and “media tart” who, through his commentaries over recent years, has locked himself into supporting our misguided foreign policy blunder in Afghanistan (akin, in a way, to our earlier government’s blunder of supporting Indonesia’s invasion of Portuguese Timor). Now the ONLY justification for our invasion of Afghanistan is the “official” 9-11 conspiracy theory, i.e. that the catastrophic spectacle of 3 collapsing skyscrapers and a mysterious explosion at the Pentagon was caused solely by a handful of disgruntled Saudi youth - equipped only with box cutters – who worked for an enigmatic leader “harboured” in Afghanistan. See the logic? Clive Williams has a vested interest in a world view that is underwritten by the 9-11 script that we have all been told. Talking about “terrorism” is a lucrative business for people like Mr Williams. Without 9-11 he would not have an audience. So to bolster his career, he needs to believe the official version of the 9-11 conspiracy, just like our leaders needed to believe Iraq had WMD before invading the country. He props up his delusions by undermining those, like myself, who have serious, objective issues with the official explanation of 9-11. He shows his ignorance by concentrating on the question “who did it” rather than “how was it done”. The first question is political and the second is scientific. We do not know yet how to allocate blame for the 9-11 crime of mass murder. That knowledge may come later. The first step is to have a proper scientific investigation (with subpoena powers) into the cause of collapse of the 3 towers, in which the controlled demolition hypothesis is not rejected out of hand, as it was for the official 9-11 inquiry. In Australia we have learnt from the Balibo inquiries how truth is not a value of governments when it clashes with foreign policy. The greatest threat to Mr Williams’ world view is the growing number of architects and engineers who KNOW, from scientific evidence, calculation, and experience, that the only rational explanation for the WTC 7 collapse was controlled demolition. Ironically, a program like this, that actually talks about 9-11, only serves to fuel the controversy, as evidenced by comments on this web site.


It makes me feel so very happy to see comments of this high standard from 9/11 Truth Avocates at the ABC, while the debunkers rely on low quality insults:)

Regards John


This is just excellent.

oh the wide brown down under

it appears to me that we here down under are even more severely constrained in our media and political freedoms of speech and petition under the rubric of Anglo-American shadow government machinations than is the case in either US or UK ... that is to say, we have less diversity of opinion and less avenues or opportunities for expression than is afforded our fellow anglophiles to the north.

We are, for all intents and purposes, both politically and strategically, a virtual protectorate of the US empire, and very much given over to obeisance and conformity to the demands of empire.

My comment to Counterpoint

Excellent work as always John!

"What a pathetic and uninformed attack by Michael Duffy. Obviously you have not done even ten minutes research on this extremely important topic.

May I suggest you start with Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a group of over 1000 professional Architects and Engineers, and have a look at the extensive evidence for controlled demolition.

Then check out the peer reviewed findings of a team of international scientists who discovered the presence of nanothermite, an explosive incendiary, in the dust from 9/11.

Shame on the ABC for ignoring the Press Release for The Hard Evidence conference held in Australia and New Zealand in November 2009. They also managed to ignore the presence of Richard Gage, the founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, who protested outside the ABC’s headquarters with other 9/11 Truth advocates.

Mr Gage was interviewed on Sydney radio in an extremely professional manner by WSFM 101.7. They are still receiving favourable responses to this interview.

Mr Gage was also interviewed on Close Up, New Zealand's most popular daily current affairs program.

See also Mr Gage’s interview with architect Jan Utzon, son of Joern Utzon, the architect of the Sydney Opera House. This interview was reported on by the Sydney Morning Herald.

I hope this is not too advanced for you Mr Duffy. Okay, slowly now, google Building 7. If you are incapable of researching using the internet, I would suggest renting a copy of “Zero: An Investigation into 9/11” from your local DVD store.

There is ample record of the ABC’s incompetence when it comes to this important issue. The ABC’s complicity in covering up the conclusive evidence regarding the truth of 9/11 is criminal and your organisation will be held accountable. Despite the ludicrous attempts at cover up by the mainstream corporate media, the support for 9/11 Truth grows at a staggering rate worldwide.

Just remember Mr Duffy, when you attack 9/11 Truth, you are attacking the victims’ families who are demanding a new investigation. Shame on you!"

Naomi what a great hit back for truth!



Kind regards John

Well done piece on an outrageous set of lies

Congratulations on a fine piece.

I'll be writing and writing a letter as well. I hope everyone who reads this will do the same. We must be diligent in the face of these attacks on our integrity and on truth.

Thank you.

Comment not showing yet

I posted a comment on the ABC site about 2 hours ago, (8:30 am EST) and it is still not showing. I'm going to assume from what has been written here that it may not show until tomorrow.

Comments 90 percent in favour!

Very exciting! Comments are up to 54 and running 90 percent in favour of the truth! Same old tired insults from the shills. My first comment got cut off at the bottom, but I have now posted the rest of it.

The quality of comments in favour of the truth is very heartening! The shills don't realise that insults and straw men just don't work anymore. This shameful hit-piece is getting what it deserves!