Tuesday, August 31, 2004

9-11 Zogby Poll: Half of NYers Believe US Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks and "Consciously Failed" To Act

Zogby Poll Released August 30, 2004

Half of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks and "Consciously Failed" To Act; 66% Call For New Probe of Unanswered Questions by Congress or New York's Attorney General, New Zogby International Poll Reveals

Original Press Release from Zogby
http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=855

Read Full Poll Results Here:
http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20040830120349841

Complete Break Down Of Results Here:
http://www.911truth.org/dossier/zogby911.pdf

Original August 30, 2004 Press Release from Zogby Follows:

Half of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks and "Consciously Failed" To Act; 66% Call For New Probe of Unanswered Questions by Congress or New York's Attorney General, New Zogby International Poll Reveals

On the eve of a Republican National Convention invoking 9/11 symbols, sound bytes and imagery, half (49.3%) of New York City residents and 41% of New York citizens overall say that some of our leaders "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act," according to the poll conducted by Zogby International. The poll of New York residents was conducted from Tuesday August 24 through Thursday August 26, 2004. Overall results have a margin of sampling error of +/-3.5.

The poll is the first of its kind conducted in America that surveys attitudes regarding US government complicity in the 9/11 tragedy. Despite the acute legal and political implications of this accusation, nearly 30% of registered Republicans and over 38% of those who described themselves as "very conservative" supported the claim.

The charge found very high support among adults under 30 (62.8%), African-Americans (62.5%), Hispanics (60.1%), Asians (59.4%), and "Born Again" Evangelical Christians (47.9%).

Less than two in five (36%) believe that the 9/11 Commission had "answered all the important questions about what actually happened on September 11th," and two in three (66%) New Yorkers (and 56.2% overall) called for another full investigation of the "still unanswered questions" by Congress or Elliot Spitzer, New York's Attorney General. Self-identified "very liberal" New Yorkers supported a new inquiry by a margin of three to one, but so did half (53%) of "very conservative" citizens across the state. The call for a deeper probe was especially strong from Hispanics (75.6%), African-Americans (75.3%) citizens with income from $15-25K (74.3%), women (62%) and Evangelicals (59.9%).

W. David Kubiak, executive director of 911truth.org, the group that commissioned the poll, expressed genuine surprise that New Yorkers' belief in the administration's complicity is as high or higher than that seen overseas. "We're familiar with high levels of 9/11 skepticism abroad where there has been open debate of the evidence for US government complicity. On May 26th the Toronto Star reported a national poll showing that 63% of Canadians are also convinced US leaders had 'prior knowledge' of the attacks yet declined to act. There was no US coverage of this startling poll or the facts supporting the Canadians' conclusions, and there has been virtually no debate on the victim families' scores of still unanswered questions. I think these numbers show that most New Yorkers are now fed up with the silence, and that politicians trying to exploit 9/11 do so at their peril. The 9/11 case is not closed and New York's questions are not going away."

Nicholas Levis of NY911truth.org, an advisor on the poll, agrees, "The 9/11 Commission gave us a plenty of 'recommendations', but far more plentiful were the discrepancies, gaps and omissions in their supposedly 'final' report. How can proposals based on such deficient findings ever make us safe? We think these poll numbers are basically saying, 'Wait just a minute. What about the scores of still outstanding questions? What about the unexplained collapses of WTC 7, our air defenses, official accountability, the chain of command on 9/11, the anthrax, insider trading & FBI field probes? There's so much more to this story that we need to know about.'  When such a huge majority of New Yorkers want a new investigation, it will be interesting to see how quickly Attorney General Spitzer and our legislators respond."

SCOPE: The poll covered five areas of related interest: 1) Iraq - do New Yorkers think that our leaders "deliberately misled" us before the war (51.2% do); 2) the 9/11 Commission - did it answer all the "important questions" (only 36% said yes); 3) the inexplicable and largely unreported collapse of the third WTC skyscraper on 9/11 - what was its number (28% of NYC area residents knew); 4) the question on complicity; and 5) how many wanted a new 9/11 probe. All inquiries about questions, responses and demographics should be directed to Zogby International.

SPONSOR: 911truth.org is a coalition of researchers, journalists and victim family members working to expose and resolve the hundreds of critical questions still swirling around 9/11, especially the nearly 400 questions that the Family Steering Committee filed with the 9/11Commission which they fought to create. Initially welcomed by the commissioners as a "road map" for their inquiry, these queries cut to the heart of 9/11 crimes and accountability. Specifically, they raised the central issues of motive, means and cui bono (who profited?). But the Commission ignored the majority of these questions, opting only to explore system failures, miscommunications and incompetence. The victim families' most incisive issues remain unaddressed to this day. The Zogby International poll was also cosponsored by Walden Three (walden3.org) and 9/11 Citizens Watch (911citizenswatch.org), a watchdog group which has monitored the Commission since its inception and will release its findings, "The 9/11 Omission Report," in several weeks.

On September 9th and 11th, 911Truth.org will cosponsor two large successive inquiries in New York, a preliminary 9/11 Citizens Commission hearing and "Confronting the Evidence: 9/11 and the Search for Truth," a research-focused evidentiary forum. These inquiries will examine many of the 9/11 Commission-shunned questions and discuss preparation of a probable cause complaint demanding a grand jury and criminal investigation from the New York Attorney General. Possible charges range from criminal negligence and gross dereliction of duty to foreknowledge, complicity and subsequent obstruction of justice. For details and developments, see www.911truth.org. For press info, contact Kyle Hence 212-243-7787 kylehence@earthlink.net

Zogby International conducted interviews of 808 adults chosen at random in New York State. All calls were made from Zogby International headquarters in Utica, N.Y., from 8/24/04 through 8/26/04. The margin of error is +/- 3.5 percentage points. Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, and gender to more accurately reflect the population. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

9/11 Research Sources

The following article contains links to documents for use in the research and investigation of unanswered questions regarding the events of 9/11. Do not be mistaken, the 9/11 Commission report has left most serious questions unanswered or simply not addressed. Do your own investigation and if you come to your own conclusions and appreciate the magnitude of this issue help spread the truth. Read more…

For a valuable starting point including a long list of serious questions go to the website for the Family Steering Committee. These are questions unanswered by, and created for the administration from a large group of family members of those killed on 9/11: Questions!

This list of research sources, and this blog overall, will be updated frequently with information and resources regarding the motives and potential complicity of the Bush administration in the tragedy that was 9/11. If you have additional resources that you believe may be valuable in this investigation please make them through the comments link at the bottom of each article and I will report them, or incorporate them into this resource sheet. If you are not concerned about anonymity please send me any info via my email Send 9/11 Info!

Let me know if you would like me to add you to an email list and I will inform you of updates to the 9/11 Research Sources document online.

The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 is a carefully researched, surprisingly balanced new book by professor David Ray Griffin of the Claremont School of Theology. The text can now be accessed free at:
http://vancouver.indymedia.org/news/2004/06/141355.php
Spread this around! (The book ought to be bought, too.)

Search the final report of the 9/11 Commission in its entirety:
vivisimo.com/911

Website for the Family Steering Committee contains excellent list of questions submitted to the 9/11 Commission:
911independentcommission.org questions
911independentcommission.org main site

A research site set up by 911forthetruth.com to further the advancement of 9/11 investigations. Lot of valuable files and links. Includes well organized reading room w/ links to many articles and the Summer of Truth Campaign. See their 9/11 Omissions Dossier for an online effort to unite research with activism:
911truth.org reading room
911truth.org summer of truth
911truth.org main site
911truth.org Omissions Dossier

Info about Ellen Mariani, widow of a 9/11 victim who has filed a RICO Act suit against the Bush administration. Includes link to petition also listed under petitions below and her amended complaint:
911forthetruth
Ellen Mariani vs Bush administration text

Paul Thompsons Extensive 9/11 Timeline:
cooperativeresearch.net timeline
cooperativeresearch.net main site

Crucial investigations and timelines of 9/11 from Michael C. Ruppert
fromthewilderness.com timeline
fromthewilderness.com main site

Extensive articles on 9/11 from many writers including Michel Chossudovsky
globalresearch.ca key articles
globalresearch.ca main site

International Inquiry into 9/11 and marketing campaign. The Inquiry Dollar in particular is a great piece of media to hand out (it looks like a dollar bill with info about 9/11 and websites to visit:
deceptiondollar.com 9/11 inquiry
deceptiondollar.com

Radio shows and links to action groups around the nation concerning 9/11. Includes well organized forum:
septembereleventh.org forums
septembereleventh.org main site

Valuable collection of a variety of articles concerning 9/11. Affiliated with 9/11 Meetup. Includes 9/11 Widows response to Washington Post and 9/11 Family Steering Committee: Questions for Bush. Really helpful site:
911citizenswatch.org

9/11 research with many resources:
911research.wtc7.net

Downloadable and streamable video of speakers from the "1st International Citizen's Inquiry into 9/11" held in SF in March of 04:
911busters.com

International 9/11 Questions Meetup Day:
9-11.meetup.com

Transcripts and Police Reports from 9/11 as well as the 5-minute video of George W. Bush on the morning of 9/11. Many other valuable documents:.
thememoryhole.org

Current Petitions for a new, independent investigation into 9/11
investigate oddities petition
investigate and impeach
911 for the truth

How did the media handle 9/11? Read specifically about NBC news coverage on 9/11 including methods of spin and serious credible reports of WTC explosions later uninvestigated:
NBC Spins 911 text

"Graphic design and multimedia for effecting change" includes 9/11 investigative videos:
digitalstyledesigns.com videos

International Citizens Inquiry Into 9/11 includes text from key speakers at conference in Toronto during May 04:
911inquiry.org

German Engineers use photos to analyze destruction of WTC amongst other things:
german engineers WTC

Broad site on globalization and administration activities with focus on 9/11:
whatreallyhappened.com

Local Portland Oregon organization The Portland 9-11 Truth Alliance:
the portland 9-11 truth alliance email

Can high-powered controversial images mesmerize skeptics of complicity, long enough to make an imprint and possibly redirect their skepticism towards the official story of 9/11? I don't have the answer, however in an attempt to find out, I've made available a series of hi-resolution images that express administration complicity as provocatively as possible. Some may consider these to be merely partisan and extremely inflammatory, but I feel very passionately about the issue of complicity. In reference to an example of politically provocative marketing, I would like to make reference to the broadcast commercial made by the DDB agency in 1964 for Lyndon Johnson, where "a child playing with a daisy fades into a mechanical sounding adult voice counting down to nuclear destruction." DDB set out to create a commercial that would avoid focusing strictly on the competition between LBJ and his opponent Barry Goldwater, but to case the election, in the words of "Culture of Cool" author Thomas Frank, "as an expression of the archetypal cultural conflict of the day. Its stark division of the world into flower-child and technocratic death count couldn't have caught the mood of the nation more accurate or more presciently." Although I'm not claiming that these images will have the same effect (and I must express that I wouldn't have marketed for LBJ), I think they are valuable as an expression of how an image can tell a story, albeit an unpleasant story, and possibly work their way into the public conciousness. Yes, these images may be considered extreme or inflammatory, but how truly inflammatory is a mere image when compared to the ruthless and very real incendiary actions of the Bush Administration? Go here if so inclined, and good luck to you:
Expose The Truth!

More to come. I will be updating this often. Please spread this wildly!

If you'd like an email version of the above list, with the original addresses and links, please request one via the comments link below the article.

Sincerely,

Ron Gassaway

SOME IMPORTANT QUOTES ABOUT 9/11:

GARY HART – Former Senator

"In terms of accountability, I think this is one of the great mysteries of the last three or four years. Three thousand Americans died three years ago, and no one lost his or her job over it. A president who says that he is a strong president, and those around him say he is, did not fire anyone. Either he was misled, in which case, somebody should have been fired. Or he misled us, in which case he should be fired."

ED ASNER - Actor and Activist

"I fear that if the underlying issues of 9-11 truth are not demanded, that Iraq may be but a flame on an ocean of gasoline that may be used to ignite war after war after war. We cannot, as a peace & justice movement only address the flames. We must look at the fuel being used to justify the flames of war and repression at home and abroad.

We must look deeply at the events leading up to, on and since 9-11. We must demand full 9-11 truth."

HOWARD ZINN – Author and Historian

"Whether one views the 9/11 'terrorist' attacks as blowback, a wake-up call, or an unjustified outrage, they have deeply affected the American psyche and our attitudes toward war, the future, and the world. . . . After 9/11, this administration systematically nurtured the fear of further homeland attacks to justify its own assaults on constitutional rights as well as social and environmental programs that protected "the people" but fettered corporate power and control. . . . Democracy requires citizen vigilance, informed debate and official accountability."

GORE VIDAL - Author

“We still don't know by whom we were struck that infamous Tuesday, or for what true purpose. But it is fairly plain to many civil libertarians that 9/11 put paid not only to much of our fragile Bill of Rights but also to our once-envied system of government which had taken a mortal blow the previous year when the Supreme Court did a little dance in 5/4 time and replaced a popularly elected President with the oil and gas Bush-Cheney junta.”

'astonished military experts cannot fathom why the government's "automatic standard order of procedure in the event of a hijacking" was not followed'

“It is interesting how often in our history, when disaster strikes, incompetence is considered a better alibi than .... Well, yes, there are worse things.”

KURT VONNEGUT - Author

I myself feel that our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers. Sometimes I wish it had been. What has happened, though, is that it has been taken over by means of the sleaziest, low-comedy, Keystone Cops-style coup d’etat imaginable”

RICHARD CLARKE - Top White House Terrorism Advisor during 9/11

“Frankly, I find it outrageous that the president is running for re-election on the grounds that he’s done such great things about terrorism,” says Clarke in Sunday’s interview. “He ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could have done something to stop 9/11. Maybe. We’ll never know.”

Rumsfeld was saying we needed to bomb Iraq….We all said, ‘but no, no. Al Qaeda is in Afghanistan,” recounts Clarke, “and Rumsfeld said, ‘There aren’t any good targets in Afghanistan and there are lots of good targets in Iraq.’ I said, ‘Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with [the September 11 attacks].’”

ROBERT WRIGHT - FBI agent tracking terrorist cell in Chicago 98/01

Internal FBI memo June 2001 ‘the FBI, rather than trying to prevent a terrorist attack, "was merely gathering intelligence so they would know who to arrest when a terrorist attack occurred."

MARK FLESSNER - Chicago federal prosecutor on above case

‘evidently thought that something other than incompetence was involved, saying that there "were powers bigger than I was in the Justice Department and within the FBI that simply were not going to let [the building of a criminal case] happen."

GEORGE TENET - CIA Director: Intelligence Summary on June 28 2001

"It is highly likely that a significant al-Qadea attack is in the near future, within several weeks."

PRESIDENTIAL BRIEFING - August 6 2001

Title: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”

“FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.”

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Pre-9/11 War Plans for Afghanistan

Jim Miklaszewski | NBC News | May 16, 2002

WASHINGTON, May 16 – President Bush was expected to sign detailed plans for a worldwide war against al-Qaida two days before Sept. 11 but did not have the chance before the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, U.S. and foreign sources told NBC News.

The document, a formal National Security Presidential Directive, amounted to a "game plan to remove al-Qaida from the face of the Earth," one of the sources told NBC News Jim Miklaszewski.

The plan dealt with all aspects of a war against al-Qaida, ranging from diplomatic initiatives to military operations in Afghanistan, the sources said on condition of anonymity.

In many respects, the directive, as described to NBC News, outlined essentially the same war plan that the White House, the CIA and the Pentagon put into action after the Sept. 11 attacks. The administration most likely was able to respond so quickly to the attacks because it simply had to pull the plans "off the shelf," Miklaszewski said.

The United States first would have sought to persuade other countries to cooperate in the campaign by sharing intelligence and using their law enforcement agencies to round up al-Qaida suspects.

The plans also called for a freeze on al-Qaida financial accounts worldwide and a drive to disrupt the groupís money laundering. The document mapped out covert operations aimed at al-Qaida cells in about 60 counties.

In another striking parallel to the war plan adopted after Sept. 11, the security directive included efforts to persuade Afghanistan's Taliban government to turn al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden over to the United States, with provisions to use military force if it refused.

PLAN WAS READY TO GO

Officials did not believe that Bush had had the opportunity to closely review the document in the two days between its submission and the Sept. 11 attacks. But it had been submitted to national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, and the officials said Bush knew about it and had been expected to sign it.

The couching of the plans as a formal security directive is significant, Miklaszewski reported, because it indicates that the United States intended a full-scale assault on al-Qaida even if the Sept. 11 attacks had not occurred.

Such directives are top-secret documents that are formally drafted only after they have been approved at the highest levels of the White House, and represent decisions that are to be implemented imminently.

Such a directive would normally be approved with the president's knowledge by his Principals Committee, which in Bush's White House includes Rice, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and CIA Director George Tenet, among other senior administration officials.

By MSNBC.com’s Alex Johnson with NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4587368/

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The Real Hijackers


The Real Hijackers
Originally uploaded by midtownriot.
During the week in advance of the 9/11 attacks a curious individual from Pakistan was meeting with many members of the Bush Administration in Washington D.C.

Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad, chief of the Pakistani ISI during the summer of 2001 (the ISI an agency fostered by the CIA in the 1980's to support the Taliban and their fight in Afghanistan against Soviet forces) met with Colin Powell, Richard Armitage, George Tenet, and Porter Goss (who would later co-head the congressional investigation into 9/11). Ahmad met with Porter Goss and others for a breakfast on 9/11, sponsored by Goss, for Ahmad. I think someone needs to explain why Lt. General Ahmad was later found by Indian intelligence to be instrumental in the transfer of $100,000 dollars, during the summer of 2001, from Pakistani banks to Mohammed Atta, supposed ring-leader of the 9/11 attacks. This information and many other curious questions about 9/11 have never been investigated. This desperately needs attention.

Sincerely,

Ron Gassaway

911citizenswatch.org
cooperativeresearch.net timeline
fromthewilderness.com timeline
globalresearch.ca key articles

Letter to 9/11 Chairperson Thomas Kean from former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds of 9/11 Citizens Watch

Letter to Thomas Kean from Sibel Edmonds

"new ways to harm our country"

Thursday, August 5, 2004 Posted: 2:19 PM EDT (1819 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush offered up a new entry for his
catalog of "Bushisms" on Thursday, declaring that his administration
will "never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our
people."