The achievement heralded in the headline of this article was accomplished, coincidentally, on the 20th anniversary of that fateful day the world calls “9/11.” Such an important milestone is worthy of a closer look.

Let’s think about what it means to be a verified signatory to the petition of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth — to stand on the front lines of such a monumental mission.

The more than 3,500 architects and engineers who have signed AE911Truth’s petition exhibit the highest order of honor and courage. They have placed allegiance to their professional disciplines above personal gain. In a society whose leadership still seeks to marginalize and slander them, casting them aside as pariahs, they have made the choice to stand proudly for what they know to be right. They have shown the utmost integrity and commitment to their oath to protect the public welfare. They are not just professionals; they are truly champions.

Each architect and engineer who signs our petition must prove their credentials in order to be validated and displayed on our petition as an “AE.” We require each professional signatory to have a four-year degree or higher in their engineering or architectural discipline — or substantially equivalent professional licensing.

At AE911Truth, it is our duty to rigorously verify our petition signers. Over the years, an additional 2,000 people beyond the actual 3,500 AEs tried to sign our petition, claiming to be architects or engineers. Most of them probably are, but for one reason or another they either did not complete our verification process or did not fully meet the requirements. Or perhaps they didn’t receive our requests for further information. Whatever the case, the 3,500 verified mark we reached last month reflects a figure and process that 9/11 Truth activists the world over can count on.

As an aside, it’s no secret that algorithms can be devised to throttle the spread of information, channel communications to spam folders, or even now relegate phone calls to “suspicious caller” categories. So, if you’re an engineer or architect who signed our petition, whether ten days ago or ten years ago, please visit and ensure that you are properly displayed. If you are not, then kindly follow through and contact AE911Truth to complete the process. Your signature and support matter!

Xander ArenaXander Arena verifies AE911Truth petition signers with the help of his conure, Aurora.

Verifying our thousands of supporters is a labor-intensive task, performed by generous and service-oriented volunteers who make great sacrifices to help “Team Truth.” And though our loved ones likely lament the lost time — the hours we put into verifying AEs instead of hanging out with family and friends — the intrinsic reward of helping to amplify the call for a new 9/11 investigation is a satisfaction that is without equal. As a volunteer verifier, I consider it a great honor every time I send the following message to our confirmed AE signatories:

“We thank you so much for your courage and support. You are indeed on the right side of history!”

Once one understands the importance of what AE911Truth does, it is hard to sit on the sidelines. Signing our petition is itself an act of service — one I, too, chose to make some time ago. As a member of our “general public” category, I am proud to find my name amongst physicists and physicians, mathematicians and musicians, pilots and flight attendants, social workers and construction workers, psychologists, attorneys, veterans, firefighters, nurses, law enforcement professionals, homemakers, school teachers, restaurant owners, grocery clerks, and tens of thousands of other admirable thinkers and doers.

Our “general public” category, replete with concerned and capable citizens who have taken the brave stand of speaking out and being heard, now has more than 30,000 signatories. Many of them hold jobs that are termed “professional.” I point this out to emphasize that codes of conduct and ethical standards exist not only in the building profession — compelling engineers and architects to take a stand for truth — but also in all professional disciplines, demanding that their constituents not be silent in the face of criminality.

If you peruse the AE and the general public categories, you will see that some signatories make interesting statements expressing their ethical concerns, explaining their expertise, and offering their support, while many others simply add their name to the ranks. Both actions are equally important.

Undoubtedly, many people fear the implications of publicly expressing a desire for “a truly independent investigation with subpoena power, which seeks inquiry into the possible use of explosives that might have caused the destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and Building 7.” Yet the very pillars of truth we stand upon protect our signatories. Indeed, those who fairly and thoroughly examine AE911Truth’s evidence and claims come away understanding that we are on the right side of the argument. The light of 9/11 Truth eviscerates even the darkest of shadows.

Acknowledging we have not yet received an honest and impartial investigation into the worst crime in American history, whose consequences have harmed the entire world, is a psychological turning point in many peoples’ lives. Grappling with a betrayal of that magnitude may even be scary, but to not speak out only perpetuates additional abuses. Individuals and societies have been able to overcome harrowing histories of violence and walk forward into the future. Such fortitude creates strength, trust, and respect.

The world deserves the truth. We deserve governance by truthful leaders and institutions. We deserve an open and honest accounting of what transpired before our very eyes and cost us all so dearly.

If you have not yet signed the petition calling for a real investigation, or if you are an architect or engineer who has not completed the verification process, I urge you to please do so expeditiously. Our collective future depends on it.