9/11 Firefighter Sets the Historical Record StraightThu Aug 9, 2007 00:26
FDNY for 9/11 Truth
9/11 Firefighter Sets the Historical Record Straight
By Manny Badillo, Victim’s Family Member, August 7th, 2007
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Firefighter John Schroeder, assigned to Engine Company 10 directly across the street from the World Trade Center complex, holds back tears and describes his first-hand experience on Sept. 11th. His story directly contradicts many aspect of the National Commission on Terrorist attacks though corroborates many other eyewitness testimony.
“Standing outside the firehouse with my buddies, we were talking about how beautiful the day was. Then just like that, our lives changed forever. Some of those guys I would never see again.”
In this exclusive interview, Firefighter Schroeder recollects in great detail how he was one of the first firefighters to rush to the complex. “We first assembled on West Street, where we saw someone burnt beyond recognition. We were like ‘What is going on here?’ and then went straight into the Marriot building” From there, Firefighter Schroeder made his way to the lobby of the North Tower. “It looked like a bomb went off, and we started making our way up the stairs to rescue as many people as we could.”
As they were making there way up the floors, Firefighter Schroeder heard a huge explosion. “The elevators just blew right out. We couldn’t believe it. The plane hits 80 floors up but the elevators explode at least five minutes later? It was unreal.”
Firefighter Schroeder made it all the way up to the 23rd floor before barely hearing on the failing radios that another plane was coming in. That plane would hit the South Tower though for some reason “We were tossed like a rag doll by another explosion in our building. People were making there way down the stairwells burnt like you couldn’t believe. We were all shocked because it seemed as if there was fire everywhere, on so many floors. It just didn’t make sense”.
The stairwells were black, and at that point, firefighters were making the decision to head back down stairs. In making there way down to the third floor, they were not able to find an exit. “The lobby was like a war zone. We could not find our way out. Then, all of a sudden, one of the maintenance workers had a key that opened a back door that got us out of there. He saved my life.” That worker was Willie Rodriguez. “I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart.
Firefighter Schroeder today has lost 40% of his lung capacity. “We haven’t been treated properly at all. From the day of the attack, our physical and mental health has deteriorated and it seems as if no one cares. To lose friends, to have to recover their bodies in the days after, to be offered no protections against that horrific-smelling dust that was everywhere even though the government said the air was OK to breathe is just not right.” Some of Firefighter’s Schroeder’s best friends have gotten out of the FDNY altogether while others accepted money and trips to help. “I stayed right here and did the right thing and now it feels as if I’m suffering the most. Where is our government to help the one’s with the toughest jobs on that day and the days after?”
John Schroeder, we want to thank you for being as brave as your job requires in speaking out about your experiences on Sept/ 11th. You have set the historical record straight by explaining your story. This Nation is forever greatful to you as your account will help to save and protect many more lives.
Today, tens of thousands of such 9/11 first responders are in dire need of medical care due to the environmental conditions after the 3 towers imploded at Ground Zero. Diagnosed with cancers and debilitating respiratory illnesses, these true American heroes have been denied the financial benefits required to save their lives. While suffering and deteriorating, their health crisis has been ignored by state and federal policy. Many have already died.
Composed of family members, friends and fellow Americans of individuals who perished on that fateful day, We are Change will fight to raise awareness and consciousness to the first responder's illnesses and hardships. We are determined to put a face to the thousands of forgotten victims of the 9/11 attacks 6 years later.
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Saturday's Street Actions
Typical day in the life of WeAreChange. We had with us Gary Franchi of the Lone Lantern Society as well as Sam Ettaro from The Citizens Advocate. There are a lot of hard working dedicated WeAreChange members that hand out thousands of flyers and dvds almost daily. I can't begin to name them all but you can see in this video the personal connections we make with thousands of people from all over the country. Please support us.
Posted: Monday, August 6, 2007
Change Confronts Mayor Bloomberg on Subway
August 6, 2007
Bloomberg Takes the Ride of His Life
Mayor Bloomberg takes the subway periodically, about once a month according to his staff, so that he can be with the people. Unfortunately he picked the day when WeAreChange.org and Infowars.com reporters were outside City Hall. The ride lasted about 15 minutes and Luke, Tom, Nate and several other concerned citizens used every minute to bring up questions from parking tickets to 9/11.
Luke started in with an attack on the Ground Zero Memorial. Why are you disrespecting the family members by moving the memorial off the grounds of the World Trade Center? Read a great article about this and the massive money spent by Pataki and Bloomberg after 9/11 here by Debra Burlingame. www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110008478
Debra Burlingame is the sister of Captain Charles “Chic” Burlingame, III, pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. He participated in the very pentagon drill which envisioned just such an attack and his daughter Wendy died under mysterious circumstances in a fire later. It’s all just a coincidence.
Luke moved on by adding that 45% of the remains have not been found, why do you want to build on holy ground? By the way family members this year are just asking to go down the ramp but Bloomberg said in an earlier interview ,“It doesn't work. And you know we just have to get used to the fact that there's a lot of construction going on there.” I guess everyone is supposed to move on and stop bugging the government about trivial issues like this. Why are you ignoring the rescue workers who are sick and dieing? How did building 7 come down? The EPAs lies are causing the deaths of thousands of first responders. Still no response from the Mayor.
With the film ban going into effect there was plenty of questions about the constitutionality of it all. Even Keith Olbermann said it was the worst constitutional attack he could think of. Questions came fast and furious like, why do you want to destroy the constitution? You want to run for President, aren't you concerned with destroying the constitution? Nate was right on the mark when he added, "If it's unconstitutional it's null and void, you know we will win in court don't you?" Luke reminded Mayor Bloomberg that he has money invested in a media company and doesn't he see the conflict of interest, "you want to ban filming?"
Other points were made like, your just trying to put fear into us hoping we won't film, we will continue to film even if you declare martial law. Your making criminals out of ordinary citizens by arresting bicycle riders (See the Critical Mass Video by WeAreChange) and now people with cameras. Stop selling out to the corporate banks, sir. There's lots of questions, It's you opportunity as mayor to actually address these questions.
The Mayor’s goons make a big deal about the fact that our reporters do not have official New York City issued press passes. However this does not excuse the Mayor from not answering the questions put forth even if they are from his constituency. However this just shows that the media is controlled and if they were to ask these questions they might fear having their passes revoked.
Tom Foti said it best when he said "Until we get answers, this is how it’s going to be"
Watch what happens at the end with an NYPD officer. You have to see it to believe it!
Make a Video Commercial for 9/11/07
We asked you for some graphic artwork and we've had some great T-Shirt designs come in recently as well as other useful logos. Now we would like you to help us get the word out about 9/11/07. Make a 60 Second commercial for 9/11/07 in New York and post it on You Tube, Google, MySpace Video, BlipTV and other popular upload sites.
You can Download the MP3 radio spot for the event here and then add video for an exciting commercial. Or make up your own if you like but keep the details correct. Call it something that will get it played, like "Paris Hilton Naked". We've got to get the word out. Thanks for your support.
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E-Mail the links to your finished commercials to Mike(at)WeAreChange.org
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Posted: Friday, August 3, 2007
Seattle Change Confronts Michelle Obama
Reporters from WeAreChange Seattle were asked to leave a Michelle Obama event after being told that no press was allowed. Based on the video, it had less to do with a media policy and more to do with being handled by protective staff.
WeAreChange briefly caught the wife of presidential candidate Barack Obama outside after the event while holding signs that read "9/11 Truth Seeking Leads to Peace," an appeal to the shared anti-war sentiment with many Democrats and liberals.
The group asked Michelle if she would support a new 9/11 investigation. She didn't respond, but did accept a flyer titled "9/11 Fact Sheet."
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Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2007
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Mayor Bloomberg and his Unconstitutional Camera Law
Bloomberg Confronted as Camera Ban Set for Enforcement
Aaron Dykes / JonesReport.com | August 2, 2007
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was confronted outside of his Manhattan residence yesterday. Reporters affiliated with WeAreChange.org and Infowars.com tried to ask Bloomberg if his new film policy is meant to be an attack on the First Amendment, which is demonstrably the case.
Bloomberg did not respond as he moved directly to his vehicle, but security asked reporters to "keep their distance." The film policy, which would restrict public filming in a period lasting longer than 30 minutes for those who do not have a permit from the city, is scheduled for enforcement starting August 3rd.
Nate Evans of WeAreChange.org notes that local papers have portrayed the new policy as a "crackdown," insinuating that filming on public streets is somehow criminal. Police have already taken the same view in far too many cases-- including confiscating and even destroying cameras.
The WeAreChange crew has already been labeled as "terrorists" for filming on public streets and been told that their cameras are "weapons" or "bombs." In other cases across the country, people have been charged with 'wiretapping' for filming of police officers publicly.
The only true threat has been to the credibility of the establishment itself, as video technology has been effective in documenting unfair treatment, threats of arrest and criminal behavior by police and in recording statements by politicians and other figureheads who would rather not be held accountable for their words, statements and policies. One NYPD officer even told reporters recently that he was 'not a public servant' and was not even allowed to make public statements.
Bloomberg himself proved this statement when he was again confronted by reporters on the subway. Over a twenty minute span, Bloomberg refused to answer any questions about the film ban, as well as a number of other subjects, choosing only to comment that the 'weather was nice,' according to Luke Rudkowski, a reporter for WeAreChange.org and Infowars.com. (Footage of that incident is forthcoming.)
Now, WeAreChange plans to join other demonstrators outside Mayor Bloomberg's Madison Ave. & E. 79th Street residence on August 3 at 5 p.m. in an act of civil disobedience that they hope will send a message about the unfair and unconstitutional new filming policies.
Those outside of the residence intend to violate the policy proviso that prohibits using a camera on public streets for longer than 30 minutes without a city permit as well as a $1 million insurance policy-- which, if upheld, codified and accepted for enforcement would be a decisive step backwards in the trend of "democratized" technology and would almost certainly stymie the work of independent filmmakers, alternative media and, theoretically, even tourists. It leaves an open door for police to selectively enforce the imposing policy in violation of first amendment rights-- which guards not only freedom of speech, but also the freedom of the press.
Police have previously stated that they intend to start enforcing the new policy on August 3 , so this demonstration may prove to be the first true test of what that enforcement will look like, and if it will be allowed to stand and eventually spread throughout the country until the First Amendment becomes an altogether gray line blurred under certain impending tyranny.
For more information about the August 3rd demonstration at E. 79th and Madison Ave. in New York, set for 5 p.m., visit WeAreChange.org
Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Is NY A Police State?
WeAreChange.org attends a Critical Mass gathering in New York City during the summer. Critical Mass started in 1992 in San Francisco as an organized event to promote bicycle transportation but has evolved over the years as a loose gathering of people who enjoy biking, roller blading and other means of alternative transportation. Throughout the years a central location and time have been established in cities around the world and therefore there is no need for an organizer. Since 2006 the mainstream press has attempted to define Critical Mass as a "demonstration". They also call it "monthly political-protest rides" despite the absence of signs or speeches.
Police have been frustrated by the fact that there is no organization to force permits and fees upon. To combat this the city has passed laws requiring a Parade Permit for over 50 riders. They then just start pulling people over and if they can't get them on bike laws, such as required lights and helmets, they move on to intimidating them. The weakest tend to get fined or arrested and the ones that stand up for their rights tend to walk.
In this video you will see several travesties of justice. A gentleman appears dressed as a preacher and brings a cheerleader megaphone to remind the police of the constitution. He is arrested, even though he breaks no law including the new sound amplification laws that require a permit for bullhorns. Pedestrians are allowed to walk freely around the area and on sidewalks however people with cameras are not.
Police refuse to give badge numbers. Police move camera people away from areas where arrests are being performed. Police state that simply standing on the sidewalk filming is "dangerous" as a reason to get them to leave. Police video anyone filming events as a means of intimidation. Police state that lining up police vans and scooter patrols as well as bringing captains and other suits to the scene ahead of time is not meant to intimidate people. Incidentally, we saw no gath
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