9/11 Press for Truth was first released in September 2006. The film reports the 9/11 Families 14 month fight for the investigation, along with Paul Thompson’s independent development of the 9/11 Terror Timeline. The combination is a convincing indictment of failure by the 9/11 Commission, the media and the Administration to do their jobs. The approach of the movie has nothing to do with psyops, explosions or disappearing planes. It presents an exhaustive compilation of major and minor news stories, many gleaned from Thompson’s Timeline, with interviews of five members of the Family Steering Committee, to present a solid case for a new investigation.
I will digress to disclose that my personal review of the 9/11 research and questions convinced me over a year ago that the official conspiracy theory (religious fundamentalists from the Middle East conspired to hijack the planes and fly them into the buildings, causing them to collapse) can only be partly correct. The rest of the story is far too important to be left unquestioned.
It is important for firemen, structural engineers and occupants who want no reason to fear that steel frame buildings, like the WTC towers and WTC 7, will completely (and quickly) collapse from the damage they sustain, despite being over designed to withstand it. Given the far greater damage to WTC6, why did it not fail in the same way?
It is important for Americans to find out why the official reports by FEMA and NIST have failed to substantiate the official explanation, yet no further investigations have been ordered. If we do not truly know why or how the buildings failed, we can hardly defend ourselves, or prevent another tragedy and all that ensues.
This is no easy quest. It is the toughest test of any honest American’s life, beliefs and hopes. The truth could be devastating. Ignorance could be more death. Each of us has to choose when and how we face the questions. I believe it is most important that we try to solve this crime for both the victims and their families. Our criminal justice system has failed them.
One of the hardest failures to accept is the NORAD response to the hijackings. Rather than the routine intercept of airplanes off course and not responding to the air traffic controllers; fighters were not scrambled promptly, flew well below response speed, and the millitary evaded or gave conflicting answers to the Commissions questions. Remember that the Commission seriously considered sending their complaints of obstruction or perjury to the Justice Department for investigation? I married into a NORAD family. After 11 years in Anchorage, some images are etched in my memory forever. Multiple fighter planes at Elmendorf Air Force Base doing ‘touch and go’ exercises, pairs taking off for routine patrols, and the flash of a fighter disappearing in a heartbeat on a scramble.
On 9/11/01 two planes had attacked the Towers and over 30 minutes later the Pentagon was still unprotected from a flight that had been off course 3 times longer than it should have taken for fighters to arrive from either of two bases. Is it any wonder that Russian President Vladimir Putin was one of the first to scoff at the idea the terrorists acted alone? If the anti-aircraft missles on and around the Pentagon couldn’t be fired in time, is there any point in building the Star Wars system? If for no other reason than accounting for the taxes we’ve spent on NORAD, this question requires a real clear answer. I suggest asking the pilots.
Although I was familiar with Thompson’s Terror Timeline, the movie covers the simple reasons that led to his monumental effort. Reflecting Socrates’ observation “Wisdom begins with wonder,” it also required a long journey of searching news articles and recording the information. Thompson relates an all too common editorial incompetence: really important stories were buried in the newspapers back pages or sections, while misleading or unimportant ones made front pages. The director adds similar stories that occurred in television news. The most telling are the clips that are no longer available.
The interviews of the five family members are to me the most powerful part of the movie. These are not wild eyed, irrational or emotionally unstable people. They are intelligent, articulate and focused. The work they did initially is impressive, and they haven’t stopped. There is a very simple story that emerges. Too many reasonable questions, too little effort to find answers that are often readily available. The effort was directed at NOT finding answers. Evading questions, answering with flat out lies, and repeating the lies until people believed or stopped asking.
Except the 9/11 families will not stop asking.
What they ask in this movie is exactly what must happen. Americans have to start telling their Congressional representatives to instigate another investigation. Almost none of the members of the previous investigation, or any of the FEMA and NIST researchers, should be involved. The exception is Max Cleland who resigned early, calling the investigation a fraud. The researchers in particular need to be from outside the government and preferably not dependent on government funding for their usual work. Members of the victims families should be included. They have the best questions.
9/11 Press for Truth has been televised in many countries overseas and is currently screening around the US and Canada. The goal is to have additional screenings the third week of July, in theaters and private homes. Then a lot of voters can talk to their Congressmen during the August break. I know they will be gearing up for the September fight over funding Iraq. It ought to make BushCo that much more destabilized if they have reasons to avoid an honest to goodness investigation.
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