Evolution of the 9/11 Controversy: From Conspiracy Theories to Conspiracy Photographs
Presented to the American Mensa Annual Gathering, Louisville, KY, July 3, 2015, by Donald E. Stahl
Review by Elizabeth Woodworth, co-founder, consensus911.org
This may well become recognized as a landmark article in the literature of 9/11.
Stahl places 9/11, “a story too big to cover” in the evolving context of Eisenhower’s “military industrial complex,” which has now grown into the “military-industrial-media-academic complex: MIMAC.”
The media has for some decades abandoned its traditional surveillance post by failing to question evidence of government conspiracies. Now academia has joined the media.
The academy has been so silent on the issue of 9/11 that those labeled “conspiracy theorists” may now be “considered more traditionally academic than the academicians.”
The result is that “conspiracists” (or “conspiracy theorists”) overwhelmingly talk about the issues, while conventionalists (or “coincidence theorists”) talk about those who talk about the issues; that is, they “report holders of beliefs and omit the reasons they hold them.”
Although both the government’s account and the accounts that deny it stipulate a conspiracy, it is only the side that thinks ill of the government that is branded a “conspiracy theorist” — as if it were a thoughtcrime needing to be criminalized by the government, as suggested by Cass Sunstein.
As the epitome of the disagreement, Stahl selects the contention that the Twin Towers were blown up or exploded (for which the government denies all evidence), versus the official account that they collapsed.
The spreadsheets and computer simulations backing the NIST Report of the “collapses” were afforded secrecy by new legislation (October 1, 2002) just as NIST was starting its investigation. The Director could withhold them if “public safety” was threatened.
Yet the stated purpose of the Report was to study “improvements in the way buildings are designed, constructed, maintained, and used.”
Asks Stahl: “If facts about building construction could jeopardize public safety, wouldn’t they be dangerous only if they weren’t known? Why keep them secret from the building industry?”
The secret computer simulations modeled only the narrowly defined collapse initiations and not the collapses themselves. Stahl ridicules as unhinged an examination that analyses a cause without studying its effects, asking, “How do you determine the cause of an event, if you do not look at the event?”
Then he moves towards sanity by simply looking at what visibly happened: the photographic evidence of the actual collapses deemed so irrelevant by NIST.
The photographs of the explosions are extraordinary. In this section Stahl decimates NIST’s artful use of the word “collapse” – which means something that loses integrity internally, contracts, and falls down — while pointing to photographs of the massive skyward ejections of beams, aluminum cladding and roiling clouds of dust that did anything but contract.
The obvious stares you in the face: “Collapses are down and in, and explosions are up and out.”
“Has there ever before been anything like this on Earth?” Stahl asks in reference to one of the photographs. “A skyscraper has turned into a dust fountain. This dust is not obscuring a building behind it. When it blows away, there is no building there. The dust is the building.”
It’s a crystal clear open-and-shut demonstration of how brazenly (and stupidly) NIST lied. But these lies cannot be subjected to legal discovery or FOIA requests. Their secret components may be released only at the discretion of one person (NIST’S Director).
This is outrageous, given that NIST is not in any way a security agency. It is a standards agency for the safety of public structures. The media, and indeed academia, should have been all over this fraudulent behavior from day one.
It’s not too late. Does a compelling and thoroughly documented presentation to a Mensa annual gathering qualify as being newsworthy?
One of the main reasons I wrote so much about 9/11 is that I feared that the official lie about the attacks, told by the Bush-Cheney administration, would lead to endless war and preoccupation with “terrorism.” Besides being horrible in themselves, this war and preoccupation would distract the United States and the world in general from the issue on which they should be primarily focused: global warming and the climate change it causes.
Unfortunately, this fear has come true. One resulting absurdity is that, in recent days, my 9/11 books have been selling better than my “Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis?”
David Ray Griffin, 21 May 2015
As a result of the three-organization Parliamentary Press Conference below (Dec. 10, 2014), the 9/11 Petition, which has been recently tabled in Parliament and which calls for a review of the 9/11 Commission Report, received national coverage on Global TV:
Global TV covered 9/11 Consensus Panelist Dr. Graeme MacQueen discussing the Panel’s 44 Points of evidence against the 9/11 Commission Report.
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Press Conference, Wednesday December 10, 11 AM, Charles Lynch Room, 130-S, Centre Block Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Three Professional Organizations Offer Evidence-Based 9/11 Statements As Helping Hand to Families of US Victims
Ottawa ON – The government of Canada now has a petition calling for a Parliamentary review of new forensic evidence regarding the events of September 11, 2001.
The parliamentary petition process requires the government to respond within 45 calendar days.
This petition was recently submitted by citizens across Canada, and is supported by three professional organizations who have been digging into 9/11 evidence for years.
ReThink911.ca, based in Ottawa, emphasizes the undying role of US family members in calling for an independent inquiry into 9/11. In honoring their dead, they want the truth to be known, and the value of those lost to it respected.
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (ae911truth.org), which has 2300 architects and engineers calling for a new investigation based on the evidence for controlled demolition. This organization produced the in-depth documentary “9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out,” in which 40 technical and building professionals explain their conclusion of “controlled demolition”. The film rose to “most watched” video nationally on PBS.org in September 2012, and is available in a 15-minute version narrated by actor Ed Asner.
The 9/11 Consensus Panel (consensus911.org): 24 expert members of the international three-year-old 9/11 Consensus Panel have developed 44 Consensus Points of “best evidence” opposing the official account of 9/11. The Panel respondents remain blind to one another throughout a rigorous reviewing process. Included in their studies are the surprising activities of the military and political leaders that day. The consensus process has yielded an unprecedented degree of credibility for specific points of evidence relating to 9/11.
A parallel problem existed in medicine during the years when there were contradictory, unranked approaches to diagnosis and treatment.
This problem was greatly reduced by the introduction of “evidence-based” medicine.
Using widely accepted rigorous reviewing methods, medicine has now developed hundreds of standard Consensus Statements to guide physicians worldwide in diagnosis and treatment.
Similarly, 24 expert members of the three-year-old 9/11 Consensus Panel have now developed 44 Consensus Points of “best evidence” opposing the official account of 9/11.
The respondents, who remained blind to one another throughout the process, have provided three rounds of review and feedback that has been refined into 44 Points of “Best Evidence”.
This scientific process has yielded an unprecedented degree of credibility for specific points of evidence relating to 9/11.
The German version of the 9/11 Consensus Website can be found at www.consensus911.org/de/
Thomas (“Tod”) Christopher Fletcher was born in Alameda County, California, February 27, 1952. In 1980, while at Berkeley, Tod married Susan Elizabeth Peabody, a graduate student and later a teacher of English Literature.
Tod enrolled in the Berkeley Masters program in Geography, where he completed his thesis in 1982 (“The Mono Basin in the Nineteenth Century: Discovery, Settlement, Land Use,” 1982).
He then worked for several years towards his doctorate and completed all but his dissertation. But then a chronic illness, known as hypersensitivity to the environment, with which Susan had become afflicted, became so bad that she became bedridden. Wanting to take care of her himself, he could search for teaching positions only close to home. He taught at UC Berkeley until funding for the university was slashed, after which he taught at some junior colleges.
Tod published a book, “Paiute, Prospector, Pioneer: A History of the Bodie-Mono Lake Area in the Nineteenth Century” (Artemisia Press, 1987). In 2014, he was invited to give a lecture about this book at a conference to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic decision to protect Mono Lake. When he explained that he would not be able to attend, because he could not leave Susan for such a long period, the organizers told him that if he wrote the lecture, they would read it aloud, and this worked out.
In the years before 9/11, Tod wrote articles about the ecological crisis and the anti-globalization movement. These can be found at the Daily Battle website under his name or that of Max Kolskegg, Will Guest, and I. Berg.
Having sensed earlier than most of us the falsity of the government’s explanation of what had happened on 9/11, he said: “I never fell for the official explanation. I’ve been researching and writing about 9/11 since 9/12.”
Tod first contacted me about 9/11 in 2005 or 2006 and wrote the first Amazon review of my “Christian Faith and the Truth behind 9/11,” which he called “Griffin’s Best Book on 9/11.” He then wrote Amazon reviews for all of my subsequent books, both those on 9/11 and those on other topics, all of which were excellent. For example, although he was not a philosophy major, he wrote one of the two best reviews of my “Unsnarling the World-Knot: Consciousness Freedom, and the Mind-Body Problem.”
He also volunteered to critique all of my essays and lectures, providing always-helpful suggestions for improvement. I first met him face to face a few years later, when we had a 2 or 3 hour conversation. I then met him again in 2011 when he participated in the conference in Claremont about my thought. There he presented a paper entitled “An Appreciation of Dr. David Ray Griffin’s Contribution to 9/11 Research,” which was then included in the resulting book, “Reason and Reenchantment: The Philosophical, Religious, and Political Thought of David Ray Griffin.” Although he normally would not do anything that required him to be away from home overnight, he made an exception in this case (which was possible then, before Susan’s illness had become so much worse). I greatly appreciated his making this exception.
In addition, after I decided following an illness in 2010 not to do more radio interviews, Tod, who had for awhile had his own radio show, helped to do many of the interviews that I had been invited to give.
Tod’s other projects included helping Fred Burks with PEERS and the Want To Know website; conducting interviews published on KPFA’s Guns and Butter program with Bonnie Faulkner; and writing essays for the Journal of 9/11 Studies and for the well-known news-site, Global Research, run by Canadian economist Michel Chossudovsky.
Since 2011, Tod has been a participant in the work of the panel for Consensus 9/11, which presents evidence contradicting the official account of 9/11. This September, the Consensus 9/11 website featured Tod’s recent KPFA interview, “The Pentagon Attack in Context.”
Many of us will miss Tod, I especially, as Tod, in addition to all his previous help, aided me the past 3 years working on a book on global warming (“Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis”), spending many hours a week on the task. Besides being a great proof-reader, he seemed to know almost everything. I was greatly looking forward to sending the book to Tod so that he could see the fruits of our labors in final form.
Tod’s final act was as selfless as the rest of his life. After 28 years of suffering, Susan’s hypersensitivity had escalated to an intolerable degree, as she was made sick by everything in her environment, including her own clothes. Being in agony all the time, Susan needed help to end her life, and Tod did not wish to live on without her.
With elegant simplicity, he wrote two other friends and me by regular mail, telling us that by the time the letters were received, he and Susan would be in a better place. Then on September 30, he took Susan to Point Reyes National Seashore, where they moved on together.
I will miss Tod terribly – as an assistant, a colleague, and a friend. He was one of the finest human beings I have been blessed to know.
October 7 , 2014
9/11 Consensus Panel Member Tod Fletcher has written an appreciation of Dr. David Ray Griffin’s massive contribution to the 9/11 truth community, “Championing Truth and Justice: Griffin on 9/11,” from the new book of essays, Reason and Reenchantment: The Philosophical, Religious, and Political Thought of David Ray Griffin (2014).
Dr. Griffin is co-founder and moderator of the 9/11 Consensus Panel, along with Elizabeth Woodworth, co-founder and coordinator of the Panel.
Mr. Fletcher’s essay is available online and provides a good history of both Dr. Griffin’s work, and the development of evidence-based knowledge in the 9/11 research community.
NEW YORK, September 10, 2014 – As disappearing airliners continue to dominate the headlines, new evidence is surfacing to negate official claims that the “black boxes” from the 9/11 planes were never found.
Firemen working at the Ground Zero in October 2001 claim to have found three of the four virtually indestructible boxes. The telltale flight recorder “pinging” had earlier been reported by the director of the New York State Emergency Management Office, and was confirmed by radio frequency detectors.
This information is presented by the 24-member 9/11 Consensus Panel, which uses a rigorous medical model to establish its evidence. The Panel has produced, over a three-year period, 44 peer-reviewed Consensus Points refuting official claims concerning the events of September 11, 2001.
Although 19 Muslim hijackers allegedly broke into the cockpits and commandeered four aircraft on 9/11, none of the eight pilots “squawked” the 7500 hijack code.
Nor is there any proof that the lost radar signals (which made NORAD interception difficult) resulted because alleged hijackers turned off the cockpit transponders.
This lack of proof is compounded by the fact that NORAD’s traditional procedures to intercept aircraft that deviate from course, or lose radar and radio contact, were not followed on 9/11.
Strangely, NORAD’s commander-in-chief, General Ralph Eberhart, had scheduled for the morning of 9/11 an unprecedented number of annual military air drills that involved most of the U.S. Air Force.
After being informed of the real-world attacks, Eberhart’s bewildering activities and decisions caused critical delays that led to an utterly failed military response.
His accounting of these delays, published in NORAD’s September 18, 2001, timeline, was reversed when he testified before the 9/11 Commission in 2003.
Further questions regarding official behavior arise in Point MC-10: “The Activities of NYC Mayor Giuliani on September 11, 2001.”
Giuliani told ABC’s Peter Jennings in the morning that while he and his Emergency Management team – who were in a building at 75 Barclay Street where they had set up temporary headquarters after the Twin Towers were struck – had been warned that the World Trade Center was going to collapse.
Giuliani failed to warn others of this notification. How he knew that the Twin Towers were going to collapse and why he did not pass this on requires intensive investigation under oath.
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“The Pentagon Attack In Context” with Tod Fletcher, on KFPA’s “Guns and Butter.”
Tod Fletcher, one of 22 researchers on the 9/11 Consensus Panel, explains how the Consensus Panel works, and presents a contextual approach to analyzing events at the Pentagon, about which there has been a great deal of confusion.
Fletcher also discusses the lack of evidence to support the official claims regarding the hijacker story and the telephone calls from the planes. He then presents a cogent analysis of eyewitness reports, the physical debris, the photographic and video evidence, and the missing black boxes.
This evidence-packed interview, originally broadcast September 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM Pacific time, is now available online.
Editor’s Note: Although individual Panel Members may have their own views about what impacted the Pentagon, the 9/11 Consensus Panel has not yet undertaken a full 22-member review of this controversial subject.
The studies scientifically refute the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) claim that, for the first time in history, fire caused the sudden and complete collapse of a large, fire-protected, steel-framed building on 9/11.
The first Panel study deals with the NIST computer simulations, which purported to show that fire-induced thermal expansion caused a girder to be pushed off its seat at Column 79, thereby initiating a global collapse of the entire 47-storey building at 5:21 in the afternoon.
However, a recent FOIA request has produced WTC 7 architectural drawings showing that the NIST simulations omitted basic structural supports that would have made this girder failure impossible.
The second Consensus Panel study deals with NIST’s claim that it did not recover any steel from this massive steel-frame skyscraper.
This is extraordinary, given the need to understand why a steel-frame building would have completely collapsed for the first time in history from fire alone, and to thereby prevent a recurrence.
We know now that some of the steel was recovered. Photographs recently obtained by researchers show the strange curled-up paper-thin WTC 7 steel, with a NIST investigator pointing it out.
The third Panel study shows that on September 11, 2001, many people were told hours in advance that WTC 7 was going to collapse.
MSNBC reporter Ashleigh Banfield said early in the afternoon: “I’ve heard several reports from several different officers now that that is the building that is going to go down next.”
Many members of the New York Fire Department were confidently waiting for the building to come down:
Firefighter Thomas Donato: “We were standing, waiting for seven to come down. We were there for quite a while, a couple hours.”
Assistant Commissioner James Drury: “I must have lingered there. There were hundreds of firefighters waiting to — they were waiting for 7 World Trade Center to come down.”
Chief Thomas McCarthy: “So when I get to the command post, they just had a flood of guys standing there. They were just waiting for 7 to come down.”
In addition, CNN and the BBC made premature announcements.
This foreknowledge corroborates the evidence presented in previous Consensus Points (WTC7-1 to WTC7-5) that WTC 7 was brought down by controlled demolition.
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The 9/11 Consensus Panel is pleased to welcome Mr. Tony Szamboti as a reviewing Panel Member.
Tony Szamboti is a mechanical engineer with 28 years experience in designing structures for the aerospace industry. He is a member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice and Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. He appeared in AE911Truth’s acclaimed 2012 documentary, “9/11 Explosive Evidence: Experts Speak Out“.
More information on Panel Members here.
November 26th, 2013 — The 9/11 Consensus Panel is pleased to announce the translation of its entire website, including the 37 Consensus Points developed to date, into Dutch: http://www.consensus911.org/nl/the-911-consensus-points-nl/
NEW YORK, November 20, 2013 – This year, the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, saw Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald cast a sweeping spotlight over pervasive, illegal “deep state” spying on US citizens and allies.
Widespread public awareness of these “state crimes against democracy” is a game-changer for re-opening the past as well as the present.
To honor the life of JFK, the 9/11 Consensus Panel today highlights a scholarly work that meticulously exposes the Warren Commission’s cover-up of JFK’s state-crime murder.
Oliver Stone wrote that “James W. Douglass’ ‘JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters’ is the best account I have read of this tragedy…it deserves the attention of all Americans; it is one of those rare books that, by helping us understand our history, has the power to change it.”
Jim Douglass, whose work with the “unspeakable” helps us to grasp the ruthless nature of the deep state, writes:
“Dallas laid the foundation for 9/11. If you understand JFK’s murder, you understand it all – including the obvious truth that buildings don’t just fall down the way the U.S. government said they did. The JFK story is a lens of truth through which we can see our world and how to change it.”
JFK scholar Craig Ciccone compares the events:
“The more I delved into 9/11, the sicker I became. The similarities between both cases – from the actual events to the “official” investigations – are frightening. Like the JFK case, 9/11 boasts the unapologetic ignoring of the laws of physics and aerodynamics; the destruction of evidence; countless attempts to make the evidence fit a predetermined story; undeniable conflicts of interest of the investigating body; and the preposterous handling of the eye- and ear-witnesses.”
Similarly, Dr. David Ray Griffin’s scholarship shows that 38 years later, the deep state either permitted 9/11 to happen, or caused it to happen.
The 9/11 Commission Report (described by Harper’s Magazine as a “whitewash,” defrauding the nation) contrived a cover-up that has been soundly refuted by many peer-reviewed engineering, physics, and chemistry studies.
2013 also saw the release of Massimo Mazzucco’s expansive landmark documentary, replete with 9/11 witness testimonies, now joining the engineering classic, “Experts Speak Out.”
The peer-reviewed evidence of the 23-member 9/11 Consensus Panel is available in Dutch, Spanish, Italian, French, and English.
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The 23-member 9/11 Consensus Panel has conducted three rounds of review, during which the Panelists were blind to one another, to produce five new Consensus Points refuting the official evidence of 9/11:
- Seismic evidence of large underground explosions beneath the Twin Towers
- Physical and testimonial evidence of explosions beneath the Twin Towers
- Molten metal running below the Twin Towers’ debris for weeks after 9/11
- The failure — after 7 years of effort — of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to produce a computer simulation of the collapse of World Trade Center 7 that matched the visual collapse
- A serious problem in the timeline of the famous “Let’s Roll” call from Flight 93, which was used as a call to war
This brings the total number of Consensus Points to 37.
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