The turnaround can be attributed to the efforts of concerned and thoughtful citizens who have brought their specialized knowledge from diverse fields to bear on solving this puzzle. Groups and individuals such as Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Scientists for 9/11 Truth, and many others have hammered away for 18 years, cracking the hard official shell encasing the truth about 9/11, with stunning results. These independent experts have quantified compelling evidence that the events of 9/11 did not and could not have occurred as the public has been told. They have built the case for truth and justice not only without assistance from government and mass media, but in the face of determined resistance, systemic cover-up and falsification, and intentional misdirection by official sources, notably an “investigation” by a commission designed from the start – in the words of its own chair and vice-chair Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean – to fail.
The Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry last year presented their evidence to an official with investigative and prosecutorial power and jurisdiction – the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York – to submit to a Special Grand Jury. The 52-page petition, with 55 exhibits, can be found on their website. It was filed in April 2018, setting forth scientific evidence as well as eyewitness testimony that explosives and incendiaries, notably thermite and thermate, were pre-planted at the World Trade Center (WTC) and detonated to bring down three (3) buildings on Sept. 11, 2001: WTC 1, 2 and 7. WTC 7 collapsed without any plane flying into it. People who died in the holocaust number over 2,700.
Discharging explosives in a public place is a federal crime. The petition details evidence that these buildings were indeed “blown up.” It was amended in July 2018 to articulate additional federal crimes requiring investigation and prosecution and has been supplemented with information about persons who may have material information. Two attorneys at the U.S. Attorney’s office, Michael Ferrara and Ilan Graff, Chiefs of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, on Nov. 7, 2018, signed US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman’s letter to David Meiswinkle, Lawyers’ Committee board president, confirming receipt of the petition and that the US Attorney “will comply” with its provisions.
That was nearly 10 months ago. Recently, the Lawyers Committee contacted Berman’s office, but was given no assurance that the petition has been submitted to a special grand jury, that a grand jury has been impaneled, or that the process has begun, as the law requires.
While the world continues to wait for action, first responders and others continue to suffer and die. Firefighters who lost members of their crews in the rescue and recovery efforts on 9/11, both directly in the bombing as well as from exposure to toxic chemicals during clean-up – a number which now exceeds the 2,753 killed in the WTC destruction – have joined the Lawyers’ Committee to press for a real investigation. The Franklin Square and Munson Fire District is one which has stepped forward. They lost a member in the inferno 18 years ago and have anguished to see no investigation of his murder ever undertaken. They will not forget. The New York Fire Department lost 343 members. Obviously, their members do not forget, either, but political pressure apparently keeps the NYFD from signing on to the petition.
The Lawyers’ Committee and AE9/11 Truth, joined by Robert McIlvaine, the father of Bobby McIlvaine, who was killed at WTC I on 9/11, have also sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the Freedom of Information Act, for refusing to produce documents they have requested – and are entitled to – bearing on the demolition of the World Trade Center and direction to the FBI from Congress to assess information not previously considered by the 911 Commission.
In the meantime, witnesses die or disappear. One, for example, Barry Jennings – the deputy director of Emergency Services for the New York City Housing Department – was interviewed by the press that day. His videotaped statement about multiple explosions in Building 7, from which he was rescued, aired on ABC evening news. Barry Jennings and New York Corporation Counsel Michael Hess, who was with him in Building 7, testified about the explosions to the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2004. Jennings was reported dead of unstated causes, upon which his whole family seems to have disappeared, in 2008.
Volunteers across the United States are vigorously working to increase public awareness and support for a bona fide investigation of 9/11. Efforts have crystallized around the Truth Action Project (TAP)’s “Truth Booths” for local community events, displaying photographs and Grand Jury exhibits for public perusal. Truth Booths at two street fairs in Portland, Oregon in summer 2018, for example, garnered over 400 visitors along with numerous new petition signatories and newsletter subscribers. Many more are planned for the 18th anniversary coming up. People who in the early days might have dismissed 9/11 Truthers’ findings out of hand are becoming interested in evaluating the evidence for themselves. Even though awareness has been growing – a majority now – citizens who question the official narrative continue to wrestle with the heartbreaking and exasperating challenge of alienating friends and family members by talking about what they have learned.
Informed people realize they must defend this nation not from Arab terrorists, but from the vicious internal assaults on our civil liberties which have followed 9/11. This is a siege unlike any modern Americans have ever confronted, much of it accomplished undemocratically. The forces promoting security through “full spectrum dominance” continue to control our countrymen’s minds and hearts – and pocketbooks – when their real goal is diametrically opposed to the public interest. That is to restrict access to information, suppress alternative viewpoints, and punish people who seek out reliable evidence for themselves. These forces represent themselves as patriots when, in fact, they are traitors.
We must shut them down, and shut them down, which means never ceasing in our attempts to scale the castle walls. Only a well informed citizenry has any chance of reclaiming the freedoms our nation was ostensibly founded to preserve. We have no choice but to engage this battle.
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