Marine Lt. Col. Shelton Lankford Protests "Truth = Terror" Smear
Lt. Col. Shelton Lankford (USMC, Ret) of Pilots for 9/11 Truth will be my guest on Dynamic Duo tomorrow, Thursday 11/15, 4-6 pm CT on http://www.gcnlive.com network 4.
Here is his letter protesting the misleading presentation made to the Homeland Security Subcommittee by Mark Weitzman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center: http://www.911blogger.com/node/12505 :
[from Lt. Col. Shelton Lankford]
I am writing to protest the testimony and Powerpoint presentation by Mr. Mark Weitzman before the committee in which he conflated the presence of sites on the internet that question the U. S. Government-provided explanations for 9/11 with those you identify as associated with terrorism and Islamic extremism.
You very pointedly reference the site established by architects and engineers as an exemplar of such a site. In doing so, you have tarred with a very broad brush thousands of patriotic American citizens who have legitimate questions that have gone unanswered about events of that day and the Official Conspiracy Theory of the 19 alleged hijackers used to explain them.
The American government has yet to offer, as they promised, credible evidence of the guilt of the 19 individuals who were very conveniently identified with the crime, and to this date,
Osama Bin Laden has not been accused of masterminding the attack, according to the FBI and his wanted poster, even though this country has gone to war twice and threatens a third for reasons traceable to the events of that day.
Nor has any explanation been offered for the dancing Israeli citizens who were identified as appearing to celebrate the event in the New Jersey parking lot, some of whom were identified as Mossad agents.
Shelton F. Lankford
LtCol. USMC (Ret)
Member, Pilots for 911 Truth.org
I also invited Mark Weitzman himself, and my colleague from 9/11 and American Empire v.2 Rabbi Michael Lerner, to join me on the radio to discuss the issue. I have received no response from Weitzman. Lerner's response was: "Sorry, but at the moment I don’t have time to get more involved in this discussion." Here is my email to Lerner that elicited that terse response.
From: Kevin Barrett
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 12:12:36 -0600
To: Rabbi Michael Lerner
Subject: radio invitation re: wiesenthal center smear of 9/11 truth
Dear Rabbi Lerner,
It appears that the Simon Wiesenthal Center is joining Fox News and the usual suspects in attempting to frame the 9/11 truth movement as "terrorist":
Simon Wiesenthal Center presents 9/11 sites alongside radical Jihadist sites to House Hearing on "Terrorism and the Internet"
This is provoking a backlash in the 9/11 truth movement against "Zionists" as evidenced by the comments at http://www.911blogger.com/node/12505
Given your contribution to 9/11 and American Empire v.2 and your dialogue with David Griffin in Tikkun, you are in a good position to help moderate the backlash. I would like to invite you to join me on one of my three radio programs to discuss your 9/11 and American Empire v.2 essay, the Wiesenthal affair, and related topics. Current openings include Tuesday 11/20 9-11 pm CT, Friday 11/23 4-6 pm CT, and Saturday 11/24 6-8 pm CT, and all Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at those times after November 20th. (Schedule: http://www.mujca.com/airwaves.htm) Note that many of my radio guests, such as Cindy Sheehan, Mikey Weinstein, Dave Lindorff, and Steve Bhaerman, do not limit themselves to discussing 9/11. I would love to discuss your work as a whole, including the covenant for spiritual renewal and the larger effort to help religion become a positive rather than a negative political force.
Thank you for your good work and I look forward to hearing from you.
PS Below is my invitation to Mark Weitzman and the SWC.
Dear Mr. Weitzman,
As co-editor of 9/11 and American Empire: Christians, Jews and Muslims Speak Out and co-founder of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth (http://www.mujca.com ) I would like to invite you, or another SWC spokesperson, to discuss the topics raised in your C-Span presentation on one of my three radio programs. Current openings include Tuesday 11/20 9-11 pm CT, Friday 11/23 4-6 pm CT, and Saturday 11/24 6-8 pm CT.
Thank you for considering this and I look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Kevin Barrett
Coordinator, MUJCA-NET: http://mujca.com
Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth