Searching For Truth Story Is Praised

I never thought I'd see the day. The newspaper received a lot of letters to the editor. All positive, and posted in today's newspaper.

Thanks to everybody that wrote in.

To the Editor:
I am taking time out of my day today to write you a personal thank you for allowing one of the most objective articles regarding 9/11 that I have read in a U.S. publication. The fair, unbiased approach to the article was a pleasant change from the hit-pieces and narrow dialogs typically seen in America.

It would be appear as though Mr. Cobb saw some "light" when preparing this article, and I hope he follows it, as I hope you, your staff, and those you care about take up this cause. It is truly the most important movement going on. Everything that has happened since 9/11 has used the official 9/11 explanation as justification for what would otherwise be considered unconstitutional, totalitarian actions.

Thank you again, sincerely, for your bravery and willingness to help change the hearts and minds of this country when it so desperately needs it.


Don Shappelle

To the Editor:
I want to commend you for publishing Jeff Cobb's story "Searching for truth in Wayne." I picked up several copies when I saw the story on the front page.

"Truth in Wayne" contains important and relevant information that was presented in a fair and accurate manner -- attributes that are seemingly lacking in much of today's media. While it is true that much remains unknown about the events surrounding 9/11 there are many indisputable, well documented facts that directly contradict the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission (not the least of which is Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta's sworn testimony to the Commission that he was in the underground bunker with Dick Cheney following the plane that eventually crashed into the Pentagon from 50 miles out. Dick Cheney, in unsworn testimony, said he didn't go to the bunker until after the plane had crashed. The 9/11 Commission did not even address Mineta's testimony in the official report and just went with Cheney's version -- for example).

People like Jon and Betsy in the story have been fighting a tidal wave of bad press because they are asking questions and raising issue that a corporate-centric press and the "powers that be" would rather sweep under the rug. Having the courage to ask the questions and risk an ugly answer is the obligation of all Americans, because true facts are required in order to make meaningful and appropriate changes.

Thank you for printing this piece and thus showing the courage to ask the questions. I hope that we can expect more stories along these lines.

Eric Greenberg

To the Editor:
I received an e-mail of the article from Feb. 13's Main Line Life newspaper that reported about people who've been raising questions about the official line about Sept. 11, 2001. I think it was well written and given how easy it is to raise temperatures on this subject, I commend you for your journalistic courage and integrity.

Thank you,

Pat Westwater-Jong

To the Editor:
Thank you Jeff Cobb for having the integrity and honesty of a true journalist and American Patriot. If we had had more journalists covering the disturbing facts about the 9/11 attacks and the legitimate questions that one-third of our country and all of the surviving family members now have...

Based on those facts, well, I guess they probably wouldn't have even tried to get away with this. It's never too late. The survival of our Democratic Republic depends upon it.

Thank you,

Damon Bean

To the Editor:
What an amazing story Jeff Cobb has given us on the front page of this week's Main Line Life, "Searching for Truth in Wayne," Feb. 13. Mr. Cobb looks for stories of people making a difference in the community, and he certainly found one in the story of Betsy Metz and Jon Gold financing the showing of 9/11 Truth movies at the Wayne cinema Tuesday evenings this winter. The story is remarkable but told objectively, as Metz and Gold are also trying to do, focusing on "facts that cannot be disputed." Thank you for bringing this story to the attention of our community.

Jane Dugdale

To the Editor:
I found this article on the 9/11 Truth movies showing at the Wayne Theater of interest. While an element of this movement believes that 9/11 was an inside job conducted by the U.S. government, I cannot support that theory from what I have researched. What is more reasonable, and what was suggested by those promoting this movie, is that the U.S. government has not been totally forthcoming on the details involving 9/11 and how much intelligence was at hand, as well as how this atrocity that was committed by a small group of terrorists primarily from Saudi Arabia may well have been prevented.

For me, the most horrific aspect of 9/11 is not only the tragic loss of life, but how this terrorist attack was used to falsely justify the invasion of Iraq, which was a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, had no relationship to Al Qaeda, and had no weapons of mass destruction -- as we were falsely led to believe by our own government. This alone is reason enough to question the veracity of the 9/11 Commission Report.

More intriguing is how this all came about, and it started with the neoconservatives that the article mentioned. Neocons and their Project for a New American Century had actually written then President Clinton a letter that he invade Iraq again and finish the job that the first President Bush had not, and many of those who signed this letter were now in power in the second Bush administration -- Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney. The events of 9/11 became the perfect excuse for a pre-ordained agenda to invade Iraq on false pretense.

But why the lies regarding Iraq and WMDs to the American people, and why the need to attack a country that had nothing to do with 9/11? One needs to look no further than godfather of the neoconservative movement and the philosophies Leo Strauss, a professor at the University of Chicago, preached. Strauss believed in Plato's interpretation of the noble lie. Strauss taught his acolytes that they were the natural ruling elite and the persecuted few, and that the masses could not understand or accept the truth, providing for insistence on the need for secrecy and the necessity of lies by government. Furthermore, Strauss espoused promoting the American commercial model of liberal democracy around the globe because he believed American values are the best in the world, and that all other cultures and their values are inferior in comparison. If this provided the perpetual war, so be it. Strauss believed that if you demonstrate the need to spread democracy by creating unwarranted fear of evildoers, you could use democracy as a means to turn the masses against their own liberty, which he considered a great triumph.

Not surprisingly, the primary architects of the disinformation campaign to justify invading Iraq were students of Leo Strauss -- Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Abram Shulsky, who was Wolfowitz's chief gatherer of supposed intelligence on Iraq while heading the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans. The Patriot Act and its allowance for spying on American citizens along with the suspension of habeas-corpus are further examples of Americans trading their liberty for supposed security in fulfillment of the neocon agenda.

Andy Meyers

To the Editor:
Thank you for having the courage to print an article about the search for 9/11 truth. There has been almost a total media blackout on this topic, one which is so important to America. I have referred many to

Your article was fair and well researched, and is one of very few in the American press to delve into this issue. Well done!

Sheila Casey

Do you disagree with the searching for the truth letters? Let us know.

This appeared...

In the same section as our 1/4 page ad for 9/11 Truth Tuesdays. It's like a whole section of the newspaper is about 9/11 Truth.

Congratulations to Betsy for helping to make, quite literally, history.

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Good work

If anyone deserves this you do, Jon and Betsy. The hardest working team in Truth Business.

I didn't think so either!

"I never thought I'd see the day."

I never thought I'd see it happen, Jon! It's a relief to see a normal critical treatment of the issue in print in place of scripted corporate propagenda put-downs!

It's such a well-written article, though, "Searching for truth in Wayne," should have even a wider audience!

...don't believe them!

Thanks Jon.As always, your

Thanks Jon.

As always, your time sacrificial efforts are commendable and inspiring.

Great Job!

If you can, pls have a look at this and give me your comments.

Mr Alten you appeal is disappointing

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

The above post is disgraceful. I know Steve Alten

The above poster's slap at Steve Alten is shameful.

Steve Alten, author of "The Shell Game" has gone on Philly mainstream AM radio, and spent much of the time on the air talking about a need for a new 9/11 investigation, and the need for an investigation of the War Games, and Cheney's stand down. Alten told mainstream listeners that they should support the 9/11 truth movement.

Now, the above poster never may have gone on mainstream radio and said such things. I HAVE many times. IT IS NOT EASY AND IT TAKES COURAGE.

Alten could have played it safe and avoided controversy and just plugged his book as an action thriller. He didn't. He took the hard road and stood WITH US.

Now the above poster sits safe behind his little computer screen and shoots cheap shots at a man who's laid his career on the line to write and explosive book and stand up for truth.

I think Steve Alten and his courageous work, The Shell Game, deserves our support, rather than the snide little person above who simply shoots down the one man who is giving us an opportunity to have 9/11 truth discussed in mainstream media.

If The Shell Game got to #1, it would be one of the best things that ever happened to 9/11 truth.

Now I noticed the above attack on Alten was not "hidden," so I hope this fair response is not hidden either.


We are not enemies, we are compatriots helping one another's work. This isn't a competition.

Lets examine the Shell Game


"Now the above poster sits safe behind his little computer screen and shoots cheap shots at a man who's laid his career on the line to write and explosive book and stand up for truth."

End Quote.

Shell Game promotes Islamo Phobia. It uses 911 Truth for sales.

How is a work of fiction and constant demands or badgering for us to buy a book of fiction which conviniently leaves out Israel's 911 connections and other obvious 911 Truths going to help us?

Why use the movement to get a product to have better ratings?

Why have you been for many weeks (even after a number of us have indicated to you that it almost looks like spam) keep hyping about Steve Alten's book.

You make it appear as though ONLY Steve Alten and the Book of FICTION The Shell Game can reach the masses. We must keep buying Alten's books, get him the increased ratings, keep it up on the NY Times Best Sellers List and we will AWAKEN the masses.

I have heard Alten's radio interviews and I ORIGINALLY RESPECTED HIM.

But his recent e-mail or post or whatever that you can find here is UNCONSCIOUNABLE AND DISGRACEFUL: -

Pls read my lengthy response to that here:

I ask 911 Bloggers to pls examine it yourself and decide.

If I am wrong , let me know and vote me down.

If I have a point, pls educate those who don't seem to realize that we don't need to peddle our wares at this site.

Whinning and effectively begging us to buy a book(of ficiton) for that matter and making us believe as I quote Steve Alten

"The book’s success will allow you to increase your followers tenfold."

A books success is based on its own merit. Not appeals for us to keep buying so that it stays on some best-sellers list in order for the esteemed author to get increased press attention so that he can promote 911 Truth as he says.

Willie Nelson is speaking about 911 Truth. So why do I have to buy a book on Islamophobia to get the masses to hear abuot 911 Truth?

These people here are reaching the masses :

They don't seem to be peddling any goods to get any ratings on a best-sellers list.

We have better ways and better people with no FINANCIAL motives to get the job done.

I cannot understand why it is that we are supposed to believe one book of fiction and that Steve Alten is the Great 911 Truth Spokesman whose book’s success will allow you (911 Truth) to increase your followers tenfold.

First I would like to remind one and all. We don't have followers. No one is following anyone in this movement. To quote Luke Rudowski - We Are Change NYC- We are ALL Leaders. Full Stop.

So Mr Alten is seriously flawed about his reasonings and understanding of the 911 Truth Movement.


Pls get a reality check.

911 Truth is along, ardous, painstaking work. It has taken years. It WILL take years. Blood, Sweat, Tears and Prayer. No ONE BOOK, NO ONE AUTHOR, NO ONE BEST-SELLING ISLAMOPHONIA BOOK ALONE is going to be the breakthrough.

We have to be patient, determined, persistent, enduring and humble.


The LCFC crew never did this. Alex Jones who sells many good services, video and books on his sites never begged or whined or spammed us to keep buying his products.


That is a sign of unselfish, dignified way of getting the word out.

I am not going to buy the Shell Game once I read the "Appeal from Steve Alten". No way.

Mr Douglas Pls look at this link. I formerly DEFENDED STEVE ALTEN AND THOUGHTWELL OF HIS WORK.


Steve Alten on Louder Than Words Radio, 8 PM Eastern, 1/20/2007

What is going on? 5 votes

What is going on? 5 votes with a rating of 4.6?

Are the trolls and shills having a field day? I am voting a 10 and hope other bloggers will at least give the LCFC crew, Louder than Words a better rating for their up-coming radio show with the novelist.

Is Shell Game that bad? If it generates any type of publicity, why not we give them some moral support?


I used to support the Shell Game thinking it could not hurt. But now I have to agree with the following post

"Which means, i think hes just trying to make a quick buck using the truth movement. That is the 'best' possible scenario, after all ive seen and read about this islamophobic fiction novel."

There are many ways to get 911 Truth. The Shell Game is not the KEY to 911 Truth, considering the book itself has a number of flawed presumptions and distortions- hence the Islamophobic label.

Mr Alten should learn some humility and not have pretensions of being the one to lead the charge for 911 Truth on the mainstream media hence "increasing our "followers" ten-fold" - whatever that means!

Stop whining about potential losses of business deals from Hollywood produces, laying HIS CAREER on the line and boasting about HOW COURAGEOUS it is to go on radio and talk about 911 Truth.

These people have courage and they don't boast about it;

In summary I reiterate.

911 TRUTH was here long long before Steve Alten and will be here long AFTER Steve Alten.

There is a price to pay for 91 Truth. I hate to say this but 911 TRUTH DOES NOT AND WILL NEVER REVOLVE AROUND THE SHELL GAME.

Those who don't agree pls vote me down.


The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

I haven't read the book

I probably won't read it simply because fiction doesn't appeal to me with all the stranger than fiction stuff that is going on right now. But I have to think if someone does read it, and starts to process the message of 911 truth it has been a benefit. I think there is value in that. David Ray Griffin was quoted in another post saying something like Alten is doing what he can... I say, let him do what he can. Willie Nelson is doing what he can. We all are. And have to keep it up.

The above poster's attack on Alten is childish and suspicious

Alten was a successful novelist from Philly, who hit the NY Times list several times writing scary books.

He did NOT have to put himself on the line, put his career on the line to write a book with quotes of David Ray Griffin and Michael C. Ruppert . . . nor did he need to go on mainstream Philly talk radio and scold Bill Clinton for condemning 9/11 truth activists.

Do you think that going on a liberal AM mainstream radio program and condemning Bill Clinton is a wise career move? Not if you have a conscious cell in your brain.

No, Alten stood with 9/11 ACTIVISTS AGAINST BILL CLINTON. He took a chance and took a stand for us.

Now, earlier poster makes another childish claim that "The Shell Game" should stand on its own and not depend on 9/11 truth activists for support.

Of course his books have all stood on their own. HOWEVER, when he went to the big publishers with this 9/11 truth telling book "The Shell Game" they turned away from him.

When he went to the normal corporate media who'd supported his horror books before The Shell Game's explosive politics . . . they turned away from him.

ANYONE who stands up and demands 9/11 truth gets blackballed by media for it.

Now if Alten is going on mainstream media and saying "Support 9/11 truth seekers!"

And the only way he can get more access to larger microphones to say that . . . and the earlier poster says, "eeeeewwww whatever you do don't support Alten's The Shell Game" . . .

Then WHO is working in your interest as a 9/11 truth activist?

Is it Alten, who is urging mainstream America to support you? Or is it the bitter earlier poster who wastes precious time attacking Alten?

I am not bitter

Just upset that blatant commercialization of something as 911 Truth is not seen for what it is.

We are urged to keep purchasing a product so that the author of the product can be our voice (apparently) in the media.

No one else in the 911 Truth Movement has ever taken such an approach.

How difficult is it to understand the simple truth that 911 Truth should be above dollars and cents.

I have never seen the LCFC crew constantly bombard us here at blogger to buy their products or services in order to get the message across. They had the decency to ask once and once only.

How I feel I believe is shared by others. Do some research and find out how often the Shell Game has been "spammed" on 911 Blogger.

Secondly the book's theme is fundamentally on Islamophobia. 911 Truth seems to be USED as a tool to promote the book. I don't like the undercurrents of this AT ALL and see it as very serious.

Mr. Douglas I sincerely hope you are on the level.

Prior to this I myself defended Steve Alten and asked for people to give his book a chance.

See here:

My words were: ...... Is Shell Game that bad? If it generates any type of publicity, why not we give them some moral support?.........

Why have I changed my mind? Simply because Mr Alten's Appeal is one too many. He is giving us a 2 week deadline to get his book on the best-sellers list so that the next 911 can be prevented.

This is ridiculous. Our efforts are long term and never ever centred on one book, one person or organization. He may believe his book is the great breakthrough that will wake the world up.

Pls come out of that delusion.

I see a poor cheap publicity stunt with some self-agrandizement for what it is.

Taking advantage of the dead of 911 is unacceptable to me. In that area I am furious.

So stop trying to make look "suspicious"

I sincerely defended Steve Alten before but I cannot in all sincerity now.

Let me quote : Dwightvw -

"No dissembling, but I say nay

The book is racist pulp, and I am getting sick and tired of this blog being used for commercial purposes. You're not my hero, Steve, and I don't give a damn about your movie deal which you were having trouble getting before this book came out. Got it?"

End Quote.

I feel exactly the same way. Trying to throw "suspicion" on my comments is ad-hominem and tasteless.

Of course my critique hurts because the truth does. If we allow Steve Alten to get away with commercial exploitation of 911 Truth, sooner or later we are going to have more "Shell Game" Con Men peddling their wares here to get some Miracle Cure for 911 Truth.

911 Truth is hard hard work as you of all people should know. It will take us years to get a full resolution.

Don't expect the International Military Industrial Complex - with the Saudis, the Pakistani ISI collusion, the ISRAELITE Connection (Which Alten very significantly ignores and refuted in his radio interview with Mike Rivero on The WhatReallyHappened Radio Show), The Rockefeller, Rothschilds etc to run away scared because of 1 author and 1 book of fiction.

We have to be prepared for the long haul. A 2 week best-selling deadline and a radio-TV tour of a "best-selling" author new to 911 Truth is not going to be the Miracle Solution.

I wish I did not have to write all of this especially as I had high hopes for Mr Alten's book but the more I look at it, the lack of courtesy, the harrasing of forum users here and over-advertising of his book just makes me wonder why I did not see it for what it really was.

Alex Jones sells a lot of products and services but he never begs, whines or "appeals" in the way Mr Alten does. There is a big difference in approach and style. Same thing with the LCFC crew whom I support and believe in the products they sell and the value they hold. I also like the way they do it without commercializing it.

Have some class sir. And respect the dead. Don't commercialize their deaths. That is why I am upset.

Not bitter but sad that we have to have such a discourse. And I don't think this is a waste of time because it will set a precedent if we allow blatant commercialization of 911 Truth so other agendas can be fulfilled.

No Thank You.

911 Truth is a long, ardous, painstaking work. It has taken years. It WILL take years. Blood, Sweat, Tears and Prayer. No ONE BOOK, NO ONE AUTHOR, NO ONE BEST-SELLING ISLAMOPHONIA BOOK ALONE is going to be the breakthrough.

Hence my recent protests.
The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it


I agree with some of your criticisms, and I share your concerns about Alten being a spokesperson for the 9/11 truth movement. Even if he is geniune he has made some questionable statements (for example his latest posted on I also agree that commercialism is a bad thing, and telling us to buy things can be a turn-off.

But the Shell game is not Islamophobic. It is clearly a false flag book, and this is established in the very first chapter which can be read online for free. The book features a book-in-a-book confession by an insider who is partly responsible for the false flag.

I believe the book has good qualities including many facts that seriously question 9/11, convincingly establishing a key motive for the attack with real-life facts (i.e. peak oil), while avoiding the common internet hoaxes, but the author, I agree has made some questionable statements. That being said, there is nothing wrong with buying the book as a gift for someone instead of the usual corporate goods. I believe that it has good potential to increase 9/11 awareness, and that can't be a bad thing.

Speaking of increasing awareness, it's awesome to see these reviews published about a 9/11 truth article.
Arabesque: 911 Truth


We've extended the showings through March. I don't know the details yet. I'll let Betsy tell you about that.

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Each person we get to start thinking for themselves is a victory on its own.

Great work.

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

All I can do is...

smile. :-)

Congrats, Jon and Betsy. You did it.

Mark in Philly


Jon and Betsy by all means don't stop what you are doing! You've got something ground-breaking going on and it is news like this that keeps me going through the tough times. Despite all that is happening around us I am so very appreciative of everyone in the 9/11 Truth Movement for doing what they can in the search of truth and helping others like myself to see that there is collective hope out there even during the worst of times! A special thank you to Betsy for sending me a copy of that wonderful newspaper of last week. Thank you for all that you do! Cheers


Way to go!!!

Keep up the good work, Jon and Betsy.