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"Politics 911" A Smart New National Campaign for 9/11 Truth
Thu Sep 14, 2006 16:56

 
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Subject: "Politics 911" - A Smart New National Campaign for 9/11 Truth
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 21:08:39 +0200
From: 911truth.org info@911truth.org
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We write you because you were once appalled, outraged or patriotic enough to sign the "Justice for 9/11" petition. We also dare to imagine you are not too thrilled with the way things are going today.

Since many of the comments from "Justice for 9/11" signers asked for suggestions about valuable things to do, we would like to invite your personal participation in "Politics 911," the most important national 9/11 truth action this year.

"Politics 911" is a fast, focused, grassroots polling/public education campaign to make 9/11 truth visible throughout the 2006 political season, audible in the election debates, and important enough to demand a stated position from every Congressional candidate.

Specifically, we need your help to poll every congressional candidate in the country on their understanding of 9/11 truth, its relation to current domestic & foreign crises, and their support for an independent new inquiry. The campaign will then highlight promising 9/11 truth supporters and try to promote their election.

We obviously cannot do this without a lot people taking part -- in groups or individually, but there are now over 12,000 "Justice for 9/11" signers and only about 1,200 candidates, so this is certainly doable if you help.

Helping with this historic initiative can be both easy and fun -- often rare attributes in grassroots 9/11 land -- and have an enormous lasting impact to boot.

All you have to do is:
a) Read through all the campaign info at http://tinyurl.com/ejfqy

b) Choose the other people you would like to work with in your group or area.

Note: Anyone with a little care and intelligence can brief and poll a candidate as a single individual. It is often just a lot more interesting and effective if several or more people collaborate to game plan their approaches to specific candidates and maximize the impact of the survey's message both upon the candidate's staff and the surrounding community. Bird-dogging (questioning candidates openly at public events) also ideally requires at least three persons - a questioner, a videographer and someone recording sound to preserve and share a record of their responses.

c) Register as a user at http://www.911truthgroups.org/911Truth

d) Choose a role (poller, bird-dogger, tactician, etc.) and the candidate campaign(s) you will focus on.

e) Deliver 9/11 truth literature to each campaign (see "Politics 911" download page), poll the candidate(s), report back the results at the website above, and post links to your audio or video files if bird-dogging was involved.

Note: You can also submit responses by snail mail to 911 Truth, PO Box 5407, Woodridge, IL 60517 or by fax to 630-971-0500.

f) Last and most important, help 9/11-friendly candidates in your region and beyond in any way you can.

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That's all it takes - a few hours of interesting, intelligent effort and you can help change history. Please sign up and get started today. You can see how cynically certain candidates are exploiting fear and 9/11 today, and we must turn that all around.

Helpful Polling Hints

When you approach uncommitted or unpolled candidates, introduce your 9/11 points or questions with respect to issues the candidate professes to care most about - e.g., Iraq, the Patriot Act, the deficit economy, Big Oil/global warming, etc. Gently suggest how 9/11 largely caused or exacerbated the candidate's prime issues, and note how many people now believe we need a totally new 9/11 investigation to see how this all came to pass.

Use the Zogby poll numbers, the prominent names on the 9/11 Statement, or quotes from the 9/11 Commission-founding "Jersey Girls" who insist huge questions still remain.

Be respectful and polite, but also relentless until each candidate responds. As you well know, there is no more important issue today to understand our time, identify worthwhile candidates, and begin to take our country back.

If you have any questions, please direct them to politics911@911truth.org

Thank you all for your continuing courageous efforts to demand a new investigation of 9/11, and justice for all the victims.


The 911Truth.org Steering Committee

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And on a related note . . .

9/11: Press for Truth
http://www.911pressfortruth.com/story

If you have not yet seen this powerful new movie about the 9/11 families' struggle for truth and Paul Thompson's "Terror Timeline," do it! Having premiered last week in NYC and Washington, DC, the film is now being shown to audiences across the United States. To view the movie trailer, see 911pressfortruth.com; for a list of more showings, or to schedule one in your area, see BraveNewTheaters; and you may purchase the film at the 911Truth.org e-store. An excellent review of this film follows.
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[The Filmmakers] offer us a remarkable artistic statement that transcends ideology and operates at the highest level of intellectual honesty, humanity, and patriotism. --Michael Collins, Washington D.C. Correspondent, Scoop Independent Media [Reviewed, 9/11/06]

Film Review: 9/11 Press for Truth
By Michael Collins --“Scoop” Independent News -- Washington, DC 9/11/06
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00147.htm

The new documentary 9/11 Press for Truth premiered on September 10th in Washington, DC. The film played at the nearly packed Landmark E Street Cinema just around the corner from FBI headquarters. While the irony was not intentional, it was clearly appropriate.

In the film’s first five minutes, we hear FBI Director Robert Mueller tell us that the agency simply had no idea that terrorists would ever use planes to attack the United States. Apparently, he also had no idea that one of his top agents sent reports of suspicious Middle Eastern men in commercial flight schools well before 9/11. He had no idea that a 1996 plot was foiled involving the use of planes as weapons against the United States. He also forgot that at the G8 conference of world leaders in Italy just before 9/11, defenses were set up to meet the threat of airplanes used as weapons. This sequencing in the film typifies the skillful presentation of information and themes throughout 9/11 Press for Truth.

This film is a powerful, moving and intelligent exposition of the impact of 911 in the words of survivors and through the carefully collated, analyzed, and connected stories appearing in the press here and overseas. Much of the content is based on author Paul Thompson’s The Complete 9/11 Timeline.

The press for truth begins after a brief and respectful sequence showing New Yorkers reacting to the attacks, the collapse of the North Tower, and memorial ceremonies. At that point we meet the Jersey Girls. Patty Casazza, Mindy Kleinberg, Lorie Van Auken, and Kristen Breitweiser all lost their husbands on September 1, 2001. They came together initially for mutual support. Quickly, they formed the core of a larger group of 911 survivors demanding an investigation. Casazza describes the frustration when she realized that there would be no formal investigation. “That’s when I went into angry mode,” she says.

Their demands for a thorough investigation, the many unanswered questions, and the resistance of the information gatekeepers form the narrative that carries the film forward. The twists and turns offer a fascinating and compelling collection of major stories (or dots) that have never been connected.

The first question is why it took two hours before any air defense was mounted on 9/11? The failed response that day is shown. We then we see a 1999 newscast describing the rapid response by six Air Force Jets to a suspicious private plane over Florida. This type of response is standard operating procedure. The point is obvious; the question devastating. How can a mystery jet over Florida get a quicker response than an attack on the United States?

The next question is introduced by the widow of a New York fireman who died on 9/11. She asks how a skyscraper could collapse due to fire when fire has never been the sole cause of a sky scraper collapse. Seeing and hearing this widow express such an obvious question in plaintive terms has a power that creates both sympathy and outrage.

The film continues with the formation of the 9/11 Commission. The Jersey Girls are immediately incensed when the ultimate gatekeeper, Henry Kissinger, is appointed to head the commission. When they meet with him, a Jersey Girl asks if Kissinger’s consulting firm has any Saudi Arabian clients named bin Laden. This question had the intended effect. Kissinger announced he could not take the position.

During commission hearings, we see the vivid reactions of 9/11 family members as Condoleezza Rice down plays the August 2001 President’s Daily Briefing: Bin Laden determined to strike in US. Then we see their relief and open armed reception of Richard Clarke. Clarke was in charge of the White House response group on 9/11. He tells the commission and families that both he and the government failed that day and then offers the first apology for that failure. The contrast presented between Clarke’s humility and dignity and Rice’s insouciance approaches the poetic

The 9/11 Commission’s behavior helps expand the notion of gatekeepers. They are officials and major agencies and institutions who dole out information on as limited a basis as possible. This term was not used explicitly but it serves to describe well a key point made in the film. Major players in our society, those in and near government and the press, serve the function of regulating the flow of information for their benefit and the advantage of their patrons. They have a difficult task however.

Author, activist, and former CIA official Ray McGovern appears briefly to make a key point. In any intelligence investigation, McGovern tells us, 80% of the information is freely available and in the public domain. The process of connecting the information and making it meaningful is the task that often goes undone. That challenging task has been undertaken by the 9/11 survivors and motivated citizen-researchers.

The questions continue. They are presented through a combination of survivor statements, news clips, comments from reporters like Dan Rather, and press from around the world. This results in highly provocative and revealing questions on the story of our time. While there are no clear answers, there are clear paths to knowledge.

What relationship did the 9/11 attacks have with the subsequent invasion of Afghanistan? While this seemed like an interruption in the flow of the film, it quickly turned into a gold mine of dots that began to form a pattern. Why did the chief of Pakistan’s intelligence service, in Washington, DC on 9/11, wire $100,000 to terrorist figure connected to the 9/11 plotters? Why are Pakistani and al Qaeda training camps almost indistinguishable? Why was bin Laden essentially allowed to walk away form Tora Bora, Afghanistan when he was about to be captured? Why were thousands of Taliban members airlifted to Pakistan after their defeat? Why did a key CIA commander in Afghanistan resign two years before his official retirement in order to tell his story about the failure to capture bin Laden?

The film concludes with an edited sequence counter posing an ABC television producer talking about the restrictions on investigative film making with Leonard Downie, Executive Editor of the Washington Post. We’re told by the ABC producer that good stories are often either discouraged or spiked (not shown). We then hear Downie make the remarkable argument that the job of the working press is to present discrete stories. He tells us that the act of connecting those stories is really an “editorial” function and the responsibility of the public. As Executive Editor of the Washington Post, wouldn’t that be his responsibility? This was a truly eye opening moment.

In this case, the public is gathering information, connecting the dots, and speaking up. The 9/11 survivors and their supporters continue to speak forcefully. More and more citizens are asking questions about the seeming gaps and contradictions in The 9/11 Commission Report. They openly question the obvious lock down of White House and other government information sources. They won’t go away.

The film was directed by Ray Nowosielski and written by John Duffy and Kyle Hence. Paul Thompson’s book formed the basis for much of the narrative and Larisa Alexandrovna of Raw Story was a key consultant. They offer us a remarkable artistic statement that transcends ideology and operates at the highest level of intellectual honesty, humanity, and patriotism.


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Copyright: this article may be reproduced in part or whole with attribution to the author, Michael Collins, and a link to the “Scoop” Independent News article.
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