A group called New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN) is working with Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth on a campaign to make the New York City Council launch an investigation into the anomalous destruction of World Trade Center Building 7.
The group emerged a little over a year ago to reorganize the petition drive for the ballot initiative that city officials eventually deemed legally invalid because it sought powers to initiate an investigation that State law doesn't confer upon citizens. Officials claimed that such powers are properly the domain of existing city agencies, the Manhattan District Attorney and the federal government.
NYC CAN, a coalition of 9/11 survivors, family members, first responders, and concerned citizens, is focusing on New York City’s 51-member city council rather than creating a new referendum. Group representatives, including NYC CAN’s Executive Director, Ted Walter, Bob McIlvaine, whose son Bobby was killed in the 9/11 attacks, along with engineers Tony Szamboti and <redacted by request>, have already discussed 9/11 related issues with seven council members, and reported that all but one were supportive.
McIlvaine said his only role in the meetings is to represent his son, Bobby. Explaining how he became involved in 9/11 activism, he said, “On April 8, 2004, I was absolutely livid after the testimony of Condolezza Rice. I've been angry ever since. I walked away from that hearing knowing that forces within the US orchestrated the murder of my son. I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.”
On March 1, McIlvaine personally delivered AE911Truth petitions to each of the New York City Council’s 51 members. Walter said that event marked the beginning of NYC CAN’s revised campaign. The group posted a video of McIlvaine on its web site to publicize the effort.
Tony Szamboti, a mechanical engineer who performs structural design and analysis in the aerospace industry, said the engineers’ role in the meetings is to answer questions council members may have about the science behind the destruction of WTC 7. “You have to discuss the fact that the building was undergoing full freefall acceleration for at least two and a quarter seconds in its initial fall, which NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology) has admitted to. That’s about eight stories or over a hundred feet.” Szamboti said. “I explain to them that it’s pretty hard to have that occur without something removing the strength of the columns unnaturally, since freefall acceleration requires all of the potential energy to be converted into motion, with none of it being available to do any other work.” The group shows council members films of Building 7 falling and compares them to a model of what NIST describes in its report, pointing out the contradictions.
Another first. AE911Truth ran the first-ever 9/11 truth television ads on NY1 March 30 and April 2, 2010. NY1 is a cable-news television channel focusing on the five boroughs of New York City. Featuring the voice of Ed Asner, these 30-second spots mention nanothermite, show WTC 7 imploding and have great coverage of the AE911Truth.org website. They also coincided with Week 3 of the "Building # What?!" campaign. Watch the provocative TV ad and let us know what you think.
Special thanks to Jim Cirile and Deborah Blake for producing the video clip. I was delighted to help get this “on the air” and was honored to be able to fund it. I believe that it is one HOT commercial! And we couldn't ask for a better place to break new ground. NY1 News, which now has 1.5 million cable viewers, is Time Warner's 24-hour news channel in New York City, covering the city with more than 25 full-time reporters. NY1 is possibly best characterized by its tagline, ”No one reaches the hearts and minds of New Yorkers like NY1.”
Ed Asner is also an active supporter of 9/11 Truth and the voice of AE911Truth's radio campaign. We're pleased to announce that Asner's 30 second spot has aired nationwide on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory as well as Progressive Talk radio station KTLK in Los Angeles the week of March 15.
But this is just the beginning. With your financial help we can take this campaign national. And with a spokesman like Asner, people will listen. Clear Channel has allowed the spots to air without even blinking. To take the Asner campaign to the next step, please contribute now. Let’s make Ed proud of us – and get that new investigation by waking up the American people to AE911Truth.
AE911Truth will be included in five evenings of lectures featuring Dr. David Ray Griffin, Richard Gage, AIA, and Dr. Graeme MacQueen which are scheduled in Ontario and Quebec from April 30th to May 4th.
San Francisco Bay Area architect, Richard Gage, AIA, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth with more than 1,000 petition signers calling for a new investigation, will present the overwhelming evidence of explosive–controlled demolition of all three WTC skyscrapers on that historic day September 11, 2001. He presents the latest forensic evidence on the features of controlled demolition in relation to the Twin Towers and WTC Building 7: Sudden Onset of Destruction, Symmetrical Collapse & Progression, Explosions, Demolition Waves, Near Free–fall Acceleration, Total Dismemberment, Lateral Ejection of Steel, Adjacent Structures, Sounds and Flashes, Explosions, Pyroclastic–like Clouds, Iron Spheres, Molten Metal, and Evidence of Thermite incendiaries and nano–therimite composite explosives. He also discusses the ASCE, FEMA & NIST Reports, Whistle Blowers, Destruction of Evidence, Expert Corroboration, and Foreknowledge.
Two–time Nobel Peace Award nominee Dr. Griffin is quoted, “Whereas it is widely recognized that the US–led war in Afghanistan is illegal under international law because it was never authorized by the UN Security Council, most Americans believe that it is morally justified as a response to the 9/11 attacks, and many believe it is still justified as a necessary means to prevent another attack originating from that region. My lecture will present evidence showing that both of these beliefs are untrue, and that the 9/11 Truth Movement and more traditional Peace and Anti–War groups should be able to combine forces to oppose this illegal and immoral war.”
Dr. Graeme MacQueen, a student of expert testimony regarding the collapses of the Towers, and author of Did the Earth Shake Before the South Tower Hit the Ground, helped found the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and is currently the co-director of the project Media and Peace Education in Afghanistan.
Graham Pardun announced in The Blueprint e–newsletter last month five actions we can take monthly to further our cause (The 11th of the Month…'Let's Roll'), and not let people forget 9/11. Another effective thing you or we can do on the 11th of each month, or anytime, is to write a Letter To Editor (LTE) of a newspaper in your state or locality. Any letter published informs and educates a large number of readers and also gets the attention of elected officials. Members of Congress take particular notice of LTEs published in their districts.
A published LTE often starts a dialog with other readers who write their own LTEs and the back & forth exchange among letter writers increases readership of the paper, especially if the subject, like ours, is controversial. One LTE, or a series, gets the subject out in front of the public. The more people become aware of the 9/11-truth issue, the more this leads to discussion on the street.
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth was recently a featured speaker in the March 6/7 Philadelphia conference robustly titled "Treason in America: 9/11, the Wars & Our Broken Constitution" — a key event in the energizing and uniting of activist communities across the country — particularly on the heels of our recent Feb. 19 "1,000 Architects & Engineers press conference" held concurrently in 48 worldwide locations, which was still a hot topic on the minds of the Philadelphia attendees.
According to conference organizers Betsy Metz, a self-professed Philly housewife and independent 9/11 truth activist who put up $20,000 of her own money to ensure its success, and Jon Gold, the Master of Ceremonies and organizer at 911Blogger.com, this conference was:
"a two–day non–partisan truth conference with speakers, movie clips & music discussing our current state of affairs and how we got here. From 9/11, the "wars on terror" and the private, not public, Federal Reserve to the undermining of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights via Patriot Acts 1 & 2, to connecting the dots between different events that go unreported (or under-reported), as a whole, in our mainstream media. Calling on left & right truth–seekers to find common ground and work together to help revive our country. Come learn what many do not know, but what many are waking up to. Knowledge is power."
Cindy Sheehan, the famous "Peace Mom," was another featured speaker who epitomizes the spirit of non–violence. She was there in solidarity with the 9/11 truth seekers – having met and warmly conversed with Mr. Gage about the forensic evidence at the WTC a couple of times now. Ms. Sheehan was given a standing ovation as she outlined the many 9/11 events that occur each and every day as the wars take their deadly toll. She was clear to note that the reason she took so long to "come around" to 9/11 truth was due more to the rudeness of the activists who approached her on the subject than to any doubts that she might have had. (Mr Gage swears that he was on his best behavior with her.) Let this be a lesson to the 9/11 Truth movement – that, while we are all impatient for action on the part of the Left, the Right, the media, and our government officials, our politeness can be far more effective than our anger.
Packed in a classroom–style conference room, eager to get on to the next phase after achieving the 1,000 A/E petition signers and experiencing the exhilarating AE911Truth Press Conference and Luncheon, all fifty or so were ready to start the first annual assembly of A/E petition signers in the strategy session. Richard Gage, AIA, having shed his coat and rolled up his sleeves, began calling on person after person among the raised hands. Everyone had something to say – even the shy but eloquent 911Blogger and FOIA hound Aidan Monaghan, who many recognized and were honored to have join us. The ideas began rolling – faster than anyone could write them down.
Although coming late in the session, an exhortation from the producers of "BetterBadNews" to replace our current traditional two light–beam image in the NYC skyline with a three light–beam image seemed to symbolize the sense of purpose and improved vision the session brought. Gage notes "Of course! The ‘two-beams’ image is ‘disinformation’. The three–beam image hits you on the side of the head and is an immediate attention grabber because of the cognitive shift that it forces — encouraging the stunned observer to open brochure and figure out the puzzle of the 3rd beam – which is revealed to be about the 3rd skyscraper to be destroyed on 9/11."
Ed: The following is the body of the letter sent to ABC Nightline producer Katie Hinmanon on behalf of AE911Truth.
ABC Nightline's piece on the 9/11 Truth Movement qualifies as nothing short of journalistic fraud. Instead of presenting an objective look at the surprisingly large numbers of people who are questioning the government's official conspiracy theory involving 19 Arabs, Chris Bury's piece was clearly intended to equate in viewers' minds those in the 9/11 Truth Movement with gun-wielding crazies like the recent "Pentagon shooter" John Patrick Bedell.
While this movement includes a wide variety people including thousands of architects, engineers, firefighters, academicians and scientists, Nightline seemed intent on creating an oversimplified caricature of what it disparagingly called a "viral community of true believers," that is, people who are crazy enough to suspect the government might be hiding something when there's no evidence to support that idea. There's actually a lot of evidence, but TV shows like Nightline are not interested in looking at it, much less refuting it. The Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth were featured as keynote speakers at the same conference that you attended and now host over 1,000 A/E petition signers—all demanding a new investigation into the destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11. Why did you not ask us what evidence we might have to support our call for a re-investigation? We understand that you were even re-directed by no less than three of your interviewees to speak with us.