The Semantics of Terrorism
By SOHA AL-JURF
During the fifth annual Al Jazeera forum on May 23, 2010, Robert Fisk gave an address, stressing the potency of semantics in the media (posted on aljazeera.net, May 25, 2010). Fisk's remarks underlined the ways in which word-choices define and color media coverage and reporting, and, consequently, determine our readership’s perceptions of world affairs.
"Power and the media," he said, "…are not just about the parasitic-osmotic relationship between supposedly honourable reporters and the nexus of power that runs between White House and state department and Pentagon…in the Western context, power and the media is about words—and the use of words...It is about semantics."
Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11
May 3rd, 2010 12:01 AM
Book by Barrie Zwicker
A dozen carefully researched books have exposed the official story of 9/11 to be a terror fraud. Yet the mainstream media have monolithically failed to ask elementary questions about anomalies in this story. So-called alternative media have been little better. Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11 explains why and prescribes actions to break out the truth.
By Jeremy R. Hammond
March 9, 2010 "Information Clearing House" -- An editorial in the Washington Post yesterday slammed Japanese member of parliament Yukihisa Fujita because he "seems to think that America's rendering of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, is a gigantic hoax." His "ideas" about the terrorist attacks "are too bizarre, half-baked and intellectually bogus to merit serious discussion."
Fujita, the editorial added, is a member of "the lunatic fringe" who "have spawned a thriving subculture of conspiracy theorists at home and abroad", and "his views, rooted as they are in profound distrust of the United States, seem to reflect a strain of anti-American thought". The piece closes by suggesting that the "fact-averse" Fujita should be removed from office.
The following is coverage in the widest circulation weekly alternative paper about Richard Gage's recent presentation in Northampton, MA on October 10th.
Please check it out and comment at the Valley Advocate web site, too:
Is the public ready to consider evidence that controlled demolition brought down the World Trade Center skyscrapers?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
By Stephanie Kraft
In the lofty auditorium of Northampton's First Churches on October 10, an audience of perhaps 200 listened as San Francisco architect Richard Gage presented evidence that the World Trade Center's Twin Towers and WTC Building 7 were brought down on Sept. 11, 2001 by controlled demolitionby planted explosive charges, not by the impact and resulting fires when the buildings were hit by hijacked airplanes.
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This fast paced documentary revisits the partially excavated rabbit hole to examine the question; Just how deep does it go? Were we warned prior to the attacks of 9/11? Who knew, and knew what?
Yes, the quest for a new and true investigation of the 9/11 attacks seems like a lost cause. Still, some brave souls go out on a limb and press the issue with politicians and media celebrities. For these brave, persistent souls, I am compiling a list of short, to the point questions to ask...
1. If the president is told, "we're under attack," and he doesn't take on his duties as commander in chief of the military -- is that technically treason ("aid and comfort" to the "enemy")?
2. How many NORAD fighter jets were assigned to protect America on January 20 2001 -- the day Bush took office -- as compared to on 9/11?
3. If the 28 redacted pages of the Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11 implicate the Saudi Arabian government, as Senator Graham has said, isn't it time to expose this and to tell the American people the truth?
4. If America is fighting a "war" on terrorism, then why are they supporting terrorist groups called "MEK" and "Jundullah" right now, as reported by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker?
San Francisco Bay Guardian Politics Blog
Do we really know the full truth about what happened on 9/11, the devastating attacks that occurred eight years ago today? Based on my research and assessment of the inquiries that followed that horrific event, I don’t think anyone can claim to know the full truth. But that hasn’t stopped conservatives and know-it-all pundits from demonizing and belittling skeptics of the official 9/11 theory in an aggressive fashion in recent weeks.
The most disturbing example was the truly scary right-wing propagandist Glenn Beck’s successful crusade against Van Jones, forcing his resignation from the Obama Administration mostly for having signed a letter calling for an investigation of whether the Bush Administration ignored warnings about the attacks and then used them to further their foreign policy goals.
An Inside Job- Members of the 9/11 "Truth" movement are typically disparaged as crackpots. In fact, they're actually wonks.
This article just came out in the East Bay Express
By Rachel Swann
September 16, 2009
At first glance, the scene outside last week's 9/11 Film festival resembled that of any other big, protest-oriented event. Truther organizations such as the Northern California 911 Truth Alliance and Project Censored crammed the lobby of Oakland's Grand Lake Theater, setting up tables with books; DVDs; "Wake Up and Smell the Fascism" bumper stickers; rubber stamps with the slogan "9/11 was an inside job;" pictures of Hendrix, John Lennon, and Mahatma Gandhi; and "Deception dollars." Middle-aged white guys with long hair and tie-dyed shirts milled around the room, greeting each other like old friends. It looked and felt like a typical crowd of rabble-rousers — at least until you listened in on their conversations.
Dylan Avery speaking at the World Premiere of Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup at the Film Festival
Photo and stories by Lauren Callahan/Oakland North
The fifth annual 9/11 film festival, sponsored by the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, began last night at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater. Oakland North spoke with three people about why they attended the festival, as well as with filmmaker Dylan Avery, who premiered his film Loose Change: An American Coup last night.
The audio slideshows are posted at- http://oaklandnorth.net/2009/09/10/up-close-with-moviegoers-filmmaker-at-911-film-festival/
9/11 film festival brings “truthers” to Grand Lake
The article begins:
Eight years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, a group of people who call themselves “truthers”—those who insist that the American government’s version of that day’s events is a lie—will gather at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater Wednesday and Thursday for a film festival.
For the last five years, the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, an organization that seeks to further people’s understanding about the September 11, 2001 attacks, has sponsored the festival, which brings together filmmakers, speakers and other activists who share the belief that the government has impeded the truth about 9/11 from being shared.
How the Big Brother controls “alternative” media
By Matthew D. Jarvie | Dissecting the New Age
August 14, 2009
CNP members from L to R: (Top) Jack McLamb, Dr. Stanley Monteith, Cliff Kincaid, Paul Craig Roberts, (Bottom) Dr. Jerome Corsi, Larry Pratt, Dr. Michael Coffman, Bob Barr.
Pictured above is just a few of the more popular names — especially among followers of the “alternative” media — who are members of the ultra-secret Council for National Policy (CNP). If you have never heard of this organization before, don’t be surprised because it’s almost never mentioned by the media, and especially not by those “big names” in the alternative media who regularly feature CNP members as guests on their show.
I have always loved art, theater, dance, literature, and poetry. Inspired by stories and ideas in my youth, I voyaged around the world on a sailboat to discover for myself the difference between childhood dreams and reality.
I tried to learn how to paint, but eventually gave up when I realized that nothing I could do on canvas could compete with the sheer beauty of a tree, so I turned to writing instead. In general, modern art left me cold; it struck me as lacking spirit and meaning, and seemed rather commercial. While in China in 1983 I fell in love with the works of the Chinese artist Huang Ge Sheng. I brought his paintings, and eventually the artist himself, to the United States where I organized art exhibitions in California and Hawaii. The exhibitions developed my skills in public relations, learning how to get the attention of magazine editors, television news stations, radio stations, and newspapers.
A Benefit for the Northern California 9-11 Truth Alliance and the NYC Coalition for Accountability
David Ray Griffin has already agreed to be our keynote speaker, but we have not yet decided on the best available films.
Please send DVDs of your feature length 9/11 documentaries, 9/11 narrative films, short 9/11 Truth music videos, cameo 9/11 Truth Activist profiles, or suggestions for speakers/celebrities willing to join and support us publicly to-
The Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance
P.O Box 60511
Palo Alto, CA 94306
or via email- email@example.com by July 18, 2009.
Or join the Film Festival Organizing Committee- we will be meeting Sunday afternoon, July 12th in San Francisco and with the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance on Thursday evening, July 16th in Berkeley
There's hope for the internet yet. When Michael Jackson died, the web was quickly flooded with hoax death upon hoax death (Jeff Goldblum, Britney Spears, Billy Mays -- oh wait, that one was true). But it just as quickly self-corrected. For every iteration of a false rumour came a fusillade of Twitter and Facebook replies beating it down.
That's the power of the crowd at its worst and best. It's something Markos Moulitsas, proprietor of the allegedly progressive group blog dailykos.com, needs to get a handle on right quick. Moulitsas, who styles himself a Democrat, runs his site with all the democratic instincts of an Iranian mullah. Odd behaviour for a guy who once write a book called Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics.
In Moulitsas' case, his tyrannical talents manifest themselves in his ban on discussion of 9/11 on his site. Correction: you can discuss 9/11, but only so long as it's within the parameters set out by Mr. Big: