MEDIA ROOTS- Abby Martin of Media Roots talks to political activist and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader about Project Censored, the landscape of media censorship, the establishment co-opting of the tea party, the two party dictatorship in the US, Obama's exacerbation of Bush era policies and the recent assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki. [Transcript Available Here]
At the End US Wars Rally in Lafayette Park, Washington, D.C., I was able to ask a few questions of Ralph Nader, David Swanson, Dennis Kucinich and Cynthia McKinney after their speeches. Unfortunately, I deleted my video of McKinney by mistake, and held the camera sideways for the others (I now know video is not like photos...), so I only uploaded the audio w/ still clips for the others.
I had asked McKinney what she saw as the biggest challenges and opportunities for the 9/11 Truth Movement. She said she had supported NYCCAN and felt justice was disserved in the judge's decision to disallow it. She suggested that a People's Tribunal might be worth pursuing, but that something with legal authority would be best. She also said that she will be pursuing the issue if she gets reelected to Congress.
I particularly liked Ralph Nader's response when I asked about the biggest unanswered questions; he said, "Who's responsible?" is the biggest.
I asked Kucinich the status on his committee's investigation into 9/11, and he said that it is an issue he maintains an interest in- he has questions about pre-9/11 financial transactions- but that his committee has been swamped dealing with Wall Street investigations and the economic meltdown.
David Swanson said 9/11 has not been investigated, and a full investigation is an important issue.
Picture this; Leaders of every major 911 Truth organization ( Architects and Engineers, Pilots for 911 Truth, Journal of 911 Studies, the crew of Loose Change, I'm talking everybody!) rallying the support of each and every voter in their following, and coming together ONLINE to make a united-voice appeal to Ralph Nader to incorporate 911 language and truth into his campaign. Our intention will be to hand to Ralph, on a silver platter, as he did for Kerry in the 2004 campaign, the issues that we the people believe will win this election for any candidate who can effectively make a show of force that his presidency would amount to a gutting of our current corrupt system.
How do we start? How do we convince Ralph that there are enough of us that would support his campaign that he would be persuaded? How do we time this effort with each of these organizations to make a convincing appeal to his campaign? We need someone like Ralph and he needs our demographic base to make the headlines and to qualify for the debates.
Good points about boycotting in the article; excerpt about only supporting candidates that embrace and endorse 9/11 investigation:
The only way that Barack Obama can get my vote is if he (a.) rejects and denounces his association with Wesley Clark; (b.) embraces and endorses the impeachment of George W. Bush; and (c.) embraces and endorses a new investigation of the 9/11 attacks.
The only way that John McCain can get my vote is if he (a.) rejects and denounces trade deals which enlarge the U.S. trade deficit; (b.) embraces and endorses the impeachment of George W. Bush; and (c.) embraces and endorses a new investigation of the 9/11 attacks. Based on his trade policy, I might nickname him to be "Wrong Way McCain." That is based on his trade policy. So yes, I do have my differences with John McCain, but those are based on policy and not on denigrating his military service. His military service is one of the most honorable and heroic aspects of John McCain.