Thursday, September 24, 2009

Scholars/Scientists Question 9/11 - MSM Ignores Evidence & Sibel's Edmonds' Testimony Investigated

Before we discuss Sibel Edmonds' outrageously ignored testimony below, a few words need to be said in defense of a much-maligned group of serious scholars/historians/scientists. (Emphasis marks added - Ed.)

. . . architect Richard Gage, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, has to date amassed nearly 700 scientific professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, and physics who have signed a petition calling for a new investigation of the events of 9/11. Gage and Jones' empirical research suggesting the possibility of controlled demolition at the WTC has moved many thousands of others to question the events of 9/11. The factual arguments clearly establish the possibility of controlled demolition of the WTC buildings on September 11, 2001, yet, there is almost zero coverage in the corporate media in the US. This is top-down corporate censorship pure and simple. Even if other scientists can be found to disagree with the study, the policy of ignoring the topic inside the corporate media is relatively absolute. It seems unlikely that corporate journalists are unaware of the research, as it is listed on hundreds of websites worldwide. Perhaps the mainstream science journalists left their critical thinking skills at home and gave the scientific method the day off. Or maybe the real conspiracy exists within the boardrooms of the corporate mainstream media. The corporate media in the United States ignore many valid news stories, based on university level quality research. It appears that certain topics are simply forbidden inside the mainstream corporate media today. To openly cover these news stories would stir up questions regarding “inconvenient truths” that many in the US power structure want to avoid. For example, current research indicates that public schools in the United States are more segregated today than they have been in more than four decades. According to a new Civil Rights Report, published at the University of California, Los Angeles, schools in the US are 44 percent non-white, and minorities are rapidly emerging as the majority of public school students in the US. Latinos and blacks, the two largest minority groups, attend schools more segregated today than during the civil rights movement forty years ago. Millions of non-white students are locked into “dropout factory” high schools, where huge percentages do not graduate. The most severe segregation in public schools occurs in the Western states, including California—not in the South, as many people believe. Most non-white schools are segregated by poverty as well as race. Schools in low-income communities remain highly unequal in terms of funding, qualified teachers, and curriculum. Other taboo stories include civilian death rates in Iraq. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and a professional survey company in Great Britain, Opinion Research Business (ORB) report that the United States is directly responsible for over one million Iraqi deaths since our invasion over six and half years ago. In a January 2008 report, ORB reported that, “survey work confirms our earlier estimate that over 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have died as a result of the conflict which started in 2003 . . . . We now estimate that the death toll between March 2003 and August 2007 is likely to have been of the order of 1,033,000.” A 2006 Johns Hopkins study confirmed that US aerial bombing in civilian neighborhoods caused over a third of these deaths and that over half the deaths are directly attributable to US forces. Iraqi civilian death levels in the fall of 2009 likely now exceed 1.2 million. Each of these taboo news stories, like the 9/11 research on the WYC dust, is based on solid scholarly work. These stories represent the failure of the corporate media in the US to keep the American people democratically informed on important issues. This lack of coverage of critical news stories is what many thousands of people in the US are now calling a Truth Emergency. A truth emergency is predicated on the inability of many to distinguish between what is real and what is not. Corporate media, Fox in particular, offers news that creates a hyperreality of real world problems and issues. Consumers of corporate television news—especially those whose understandings are framed primarily from that medium alone—are embedded in a state of excited delirium of knowinglessness. To counter knowinglessness, progressive activists need to include 9/11 Truth and many other issues as important elements of radical-progressive political efforts. We must not be afraid of corporate media labeling and instead build truth from the bottom up. Critical thinking and fact-finding are the basis of democracy, and we must stand for the maximization of informed participatory democracy at the lowest possible level in society. We will continue to openly discuss, research, and validate our issues. As 9/11 Truth activists we see ourselves as an important component of building a new non-exploitative world based on democracy, openness, and human rights. Peter Phillips is a Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University, President of Media Freedom Foundation, Board member for 9/, and recent past director of Project Censored this article was presented at the 9/11 Truth Film Festival Oakland Grand Lake Theater (September 10, 2009)

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Brad Friedman at the BradBlog urges you to read this. (Emphasis marks added - Ed.)

The #1 recommended story over at dKos at this moment: "FBI Whistleblower says Neocons Negotiated Iraq Invasion with Foreign Agents in Summer 2001". Good. We thank diarist "The Anomaly" for noticing. Hopefully many others will begin digging into Phil Giraldi's mind-blowing cover story interview with Edmonds as posted yesterday at The American Conservative. There is much to dig into, and we can't do it all alone. Anti-War's Scott Horton interviews Giraldi and Joe Lauria, co-author of the January 2008 three-part front page Sunday Times of London bombshell series on Edmonds, which was entirely ignored in the U.S. (Read 'em all here, here and here.)

Scott's audio interview with the two gents is now posted here.

Philip Giraldi and Joe Lauria discuss the MSM’s refusal to investigate Sibel Edmonds’s blockbuster allegationsthe wide and deep bipartisan corruption at the highest levels of U.S. government, how big media’s money and influence is needed to assist in pushing the story forward, the close working relationship between the American-Turkish Council and AIPAC and how Douglas Feith and Richard Perle helped turn U.S. government officials into foreign intelligence assets.

MP3 here. (58:07) Philip Giraldi’s interview of Sibel Edmonds, titled “Who’s Afraid of Sibel Edmonds,” is available at The American Conservative. Joe Lauria co-wrote a series of articles on the Sibel Edmonds case for the London Times in 2008. Philip Giraldi is a former CIA and DIA counter-terrorism officer, member of the American Conservative Defense Alliance and contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine. His “Smoke and Mirrors” column is a regular feature on Joe Lauria is a New York-based independent investigative journalist. A freelance member of the Sunday Times of London Insight team, he has also worked on investigations for the Boston Globe and Bloomberg News. Joe’s articles have additionally appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Montreal Gazette, The Johannesburg Star, The Washington Times, New York Magazine, ARTnews and other publications.
Suzan _______________________


Beach Bum said...

The most severe segregation in public schools occurs in the Western states, including California—not in the South, as many people believe.

Great post all around but the defacto re-segregation of the South is a nicely kept secret that not even the African-Americans speak much of. While we may trail California over the last twenty years or so suburban developments have allowed the positioning of schools in such a way that many schools are almost entirely white.

Being honest I have no idea if this is the result of conscious decisions or just some convenient accident but many times, in whispers, I have heard the good folk I am around exclaim how glad they are their precious children don't have to worry about "those people".

As for other parts of the inconvenient truths you wrote about to a great extent its more than just media self-censorship, a lot of it has to do that many people in this country do not want to hear the truth. It would possibly upset their lives and force them to take a stand, dragging them away from their 500 channel satellite televisions, expensive houses, and other precious worldly processions.

Suzan said...

It's certainly been purposive since the first "busing" white riots (IMHO), and the situation you document is the result.

It's W.J. Cash's Mind of the South writ small.

I agree with you also about so-called middle class people not wanting to acknowledge the truth about what has bought and paid for their mindless consumerist lifestyles.

But they will.

They will.

Thanks for your wisdom here.

Love your blog!


the defacto re-segregation of the South is a nicely kept secret that not even the African-Americans speak much of.