By Judy Andreas – August 20, 2011
As 9/11 comes barreling back into view, my mind is flooded with the questions that still remain. We sat in the Conference Room, our eyes riveted to the TV monitor. Some of my colleagues were sniffling, others were crying softly. Occasionally an angry statement could be heard. Over and over again we watched the World Trade Center footage. Over and over again, the newscasters cemented their version of reality into our stunned psyches. It was September 11, 2001, the day the music died. Something was terribly wrong. It was more than the film that unfolded in front of my eyes. It was more than the words of the newscasters talking about the fact that we were under siege. It was more than the threat of never ending terrorism. The television screamed the official story, yet the voices in my head muted the words.
Something was terribly wrong. My feeling of disbelief was palpable. Sitting in that room of mourners on that sorrowful day, I was having a solitary experience. Questions begged for answers. How could our sophisticated system have gone awry? How could everything that had previously worked flawlessly, suddenly simultaneously failed? How could a small group of Arabs with boxcutters have thrown the whole nation into a tailspin? Most of the people, if not all of the people, in the Conference Room had never heard of Payne Stewart. They did not know the story of the golfer whose private Learjet had lost contact with the air traffic controllers. They did not know that when the golfer’s jet failed to respond to air traffic controller communications, F-16 interceptors were quickly dispatched. According to an Air Force timeline, a series of military planes provided an emergency escort to Payne’s stricken Learjet starting about 20 minutes after contact with his plane was lost.
Later I learned that the Miami Herald talked to air traffic controllers who said they could not understand why there was no reaction to what was happening in the skies the morning of September 11, 2001. Why was there no reaction from the Federal Aviation Administration and the military? “That’s a question that more and more people are going to ask,” one controller in Miami told the Herald. Are more and more people asking that question? Are more and more people asking any questions? “They attacked us because they hate our freedom.” The President’s eyes darted back and forth as he mouthed the words. It could have been a laughable comment. It was certainly a ludicrous comment. It could have been funny if I hadn’t seen people jumping hundreds of feet to their death. It could have been funny if thousands of people hadn’t lost their lives on that infamous day. I wanted to ask him why they didn’t fly planes into Amsterdam, after all, they have more freedom than we do. I wanted to ask him why they didn’t cripple a nuclear reactor. I wanted to ask him why he was lying to us. Each day as the story unfolded, another alternative website pointed to another anomaly in the official story. Had a plane really hit the Pentagon? The size of the hole in its supposed wake left room for doubt. Was it physically possible for the Towers to collapse as stated, or was it controlled demolition? Were there explosives in the World Trade Center? Could burning jet fuel initiate structural damage within the towers? Why was Building 7 pulled? Could a cell phone call be made on a plane? Why was the Mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown, told not to fly on that date? Why was the rubble from the buildings hauled off without a proper investigation?
Wonderful books kept flying off the shelves of the alternative press. And yet, the mainstream media stuck with the official story. It could have been the Kennedy Assasination(s). It could have been TWA Flight 800. It could have been Oklahoma City or Waco. I had visited this place before. It was difficult to breathe with the stench of deception in the air. Although movies have always been a passion of mine, I have tried to be discerning about time spent in the cinema. And yet, as the days grew into months, I was trapped in the theater of the absurd mainstream media, forced to watch a poorly crafted film about the events on September 11. Such props as Mohammed Atta’s passport placed pristinely on the set cried out for a director’s intervention. Who put the Korans in the vehicle near the scene of the crime? How did we immediately know it was Osama bin Laden who had designed the events of September 11, 2001? How did we immediately know the name of the 19 highjackers? Why were some of them showing up alive and well and safe in distant ports of call? Why couldn’t we locate Osama bin Laden, a 6 foot 5 man on dialysis? It was not like misplacing ones keys. Mr. Bush said “If you’re not with us, you’re with the terrorists.” My questions subjected me to words like “traitor.” My questions subjected me to ridicule and jokes about tinfoil hats. “If you don’t like this country…get the hell out.” Could anyone know how deeply I loved this country? Could anyone know the heart of an idealist who was once again being sickened by another lie? Could anyone know how much I treasured life? The dinner of deception had been placed on the public table and people were devouring it. Once more I had strayed from the herd unable to graze on the lies and distortions that had been specially prepared for the flock. I sat in a lonely place.
On September 11th, 2004, I attended a conference in New York City called “Confronting the Evidence” My friends and I arrived at the Manhattan Center at 7:00, a full hour before the program. The streets were already full. The Manhattan Center probably holds 1000 people and yet there were additional hundreds outside hoping for cancellations. This was a very good sign. Recently a Zogby poll had stated that over 40% of New Yorkers did not believe the official story of the events that transpired on September 11, 2001. Many felt that the 9/11 Commission was nothing more than a whitewash.
The evening was hosted by Ed Begley, Jr and co-hosted by Jamey Hecht. The presenters included such notables as Jenna Orkin, World Trade Center Environmental Organization, Kristina Borjesson, author of Into the Buzzsaw, Dr. Robert Bowman, USAF Colonel (retired) president, Institute for Space and Security Studies, Paul Thompson, author of The Terror Timeline, Christopher Scheer, journalist, Los Angeles Times, John Prados, journalist, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Karl Schwarz, chief executive of Global Axxess, Jeff King, M.S, physician and engineer, Webster Tarpley author of The Unauthorized Biography of George Bush (Sr.) , Christopher Bollyn, The American Free Press, Tom Gordon, 9/11 Science and Justice Alliance, David Von Kleist, host of The Power Hour and director of the film “911 In Plane Site” and Barrie Zwicker, filmmaker, “The Great Conspiracy” The evening began with a brief but heart wrenching film called ‘A Tribute to the Fallen” by Mike Berger. Next, Jenna Orkin, for the World Trade Center Environmental Organization, talked about the cover-up of the air poisoning at Ground Zero, the asbestos, mercury and lead that had been released into the air. The EPA lied to the American people and told them that the air was safe to breathe, even allowing the White House to edit their press releases. And since then, over half of our heroes have begun manifesting respiratory problems. There are firefighters who can no longer work and, as a preview of what’s in store for us, 14 rescue dogs have died. The Bush administration was more concerned with opening Wall Street then with the safety of the first responders and the American People. A segment from the film “Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American the Empire ” produced by the Media Education Foundation, was shown. This led to a discussion of the Project for a New American Century, known as PNAC, a document that had been crafted in Sept of the year 2000 which, in essence, was a plan for increasing defense spending, preemptive action and use of military force and domination. The creators of PNAC were the same neocons that are running the Bush administration, including the brains behind the plan, Paul Wolfowitz. This project included regime change in Iraq as a central element. The originators of the plan, realized that the American populace would not allow this to happen unless there was an event of catastrophic proportion “A New Pearl Harbor”
9/11 was THAT event.
Webster Tarpley gave a superb talk. Mr. Tarpley has a book that will be released in October called 9/11 Synthetic Terrorism Myth of the Twenty-first Century. This book explores the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 as an example of state-sponsored, false-flag terrorism, carried out by a rogue network within the US government – a rogue network which is the current form of the invisible government behind the Iran-contra scandal of 1986-88. Because of the constraints of time, Mr. Tarpley could only touch briefly on the roles of patsies, moles, expert professionals, the controlled corporate media and a privatized command center, as he showed how the empirical evidence around 9/11 made sense. Tarpley demonstrated that the official accounts of the Pentagon crash, the fall of the Twin Towers, the fall of WTC 7, and the crash of United 93 in Shanksville are physically impossible, and the idea that “four misfit highjackers” could pilot commercial jets is beyond the bounds of physical and technical reality.
Another dynamic presenter was Dave Von Kleist who showed a portion of his film “9/11 in Plane Site.” Through the use of actual television news footage and eye witness testimony, Mr. Von Kleist presented a most compelling argument disputing the official story on many fronts. Why is there no wreckage or crater from Flight 77 on the lawn of the Pentagon and how does a plane 125 ft wide and 155 ft. long fit into a hole which is only 16 ft across. Von Kleist’s footage showed a “pod” attached to the bottom of “Flight 175″ and questioned the reason for its presence. Why did an eye witness report seeing no windows on Flight 175 a commercial United Airlines jetliner? Why were there dozens of reports of bombs and explosions going off around the World Trade Center before any buildings collapsed? These are just a few of the myriad questions asked in Mr. Von Kleists remarkable documentary, a film that should replace Michael Moore’s meager attempt.
Karl Schwarz, chief executive of Global Axxess, talked about the Bi-Partisan nature of the elements responsible for the 9/11 tragedy. Mr. Schwarz said that if he had the time, he could have shown a 30 minute power point presentation that has already convinced 30,000 Conservative Republicans not to vote for Bush/Cheney. On a humorous note, Mr. Schwarz told the crowd that he had become a Republican because of Bill and Hillary and had now become an Independent because of the Bush Administration. A small clip from a film called The Collapse of WTC 7, a film by SGTV, was shown. It really crystallized the case that WTC7 was PULLED. The evening was ambitious and the program was complete, including presenters that spanned the political spectrum. Regrettably, I will not be able to do justice to all the speakers and certainly will not be able to communicate the electricity in the room. People were not always in accord, but they were able to give voice to their positions The event posed more questions than answers but these were important questions, questions which needed to be asked. When I left that wonderful evening on September 11, 2004, I was filled with hope. Sure, we did not all agree on everything, but was that a necessary component for our working together to uncover the truth? Yes, there were some egos that were larger than the event itself, but isn’t that to be expected in the world of personalities? If we all had the same goal, couldn’t we band together in deference to the old adage “there’s strength in numbers.”
It has been nearly four years since the planes flew into the towers. Has any progress been made? The mainstream media continues to ridicule the truth seekers. The mainstream media continues having the audacity to print bogus articles in such magazines as Popular Mechanics. It shies away from interviews with authors who have published well researched and well documented books on the subject of 9/11. Perhaps the mainstream media realizes that it is no match for the truth. After all, how loud can Sean Hannity yell? As the days grow into years, my sphere becomes increasingly populated with others who share a commitment to the truth. The Internet has brought a vast assortment of like minded people into my world. I will be eternally grateful to this global telephone. Those I have met have provided a “net” to catch me from falling into the abyss of despair. Everyday people may sense something is wrong but they prefer to chase it quickly from their thoughts; feeding their families, making a living and watching television are their rituals and routines for survival. I cannot fault them. I cannot hit them over the head with my “two by four” of Judytruth. I cannot evangelize them into the 9/11 movement. This is something I have slowly learned over the past several years. This is something I am still learning. Will we ever uncover the truth about September 11, 2001? Please do not expect a Hollywood ending from my pen. Should we give up? A resounding “NO.” We owe this much to the victims of 9/11, their families and future generations of American.