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31 January 2006

Scholars for 9/11 Truth
is a non-partisan association of scholars in fields as diverse
as history, science, military affairs, psychology, and philosophy,
dedicated to exposing falsehoods and to revealing truths behind 9/11.

1) Scholars - 911 Truth - Exposing the Hoax
2) Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him

- - DU News - Gulf War Veteran Dennis Kyne
3) Hamas Victory's Silver Lining
4) Message from Leonard Peltier regarding Dennis Banks

- - Pieces of the Economic Puzzle - Amherst, Feb. 9th

Editor's Notes:

A groundswell is building for a scholarly approach to investigating the "official version" of what happened on September 11, 2001. Item two covers the government crackdown on the truth about human-made Global Warming for decades. The sub-item article is on a new resource on Depleted Uranium from a Gulf War Veteran, Dennis Kyne. Item three covers an article by Gideon Levy on the bright side of the Hamas victory in Palestine. Item four marks this Monday's 30th year since the fraudulent extradition and arrest of Leonard Peltier by the US Government. This includes a recent statement by Leonard Peltier, who appreciates not being alone in the struggle for human rights and justice in the US.

Doing time creates a
demented darkness of my
own imagination. . . .

Doing time does this thing
to you. But, of course, you
don't do time.

You do without it. Or
rather, time does you.

Time is a cannibal that
devours the flesh of your
day by day, bite by bite.

- Leonard Peltier

1) Scholars - 911 Truth - Exposing the Hoax


Robert M. Bowman
James H. Fetzer
Wayne Madsen
John McMurtry
Morgan Reynolds
Andreas von Buelow

29 January 2006

We believe that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11. We are therefore joining together in common cause as members of "Scholars for 9/11 Truth", because we are convinced, based on our own research, that the administration has been deceiving the nation about critical events in New York and Washington, D.C.

We believe these events may have been orchestrated by elements within the administration to manipulate Americans into supporting policies at home and abroad they would never have condoned absent "another Pearl Harbor." We appreciate that this White House is incapable of investigating itself and would prefer to believe that the possibility that Congress might hold an unaccountable administration accountable is not merely wishful thinking.

We encourage news services around the world to secure scientific advice by taking advantage of university resources to verify or to falsify our discoveries. Extraordinary situations require extraordinary measures. If this were done, one of the great hoaxes of history would stand naked before the eyes of the world and its perpetrators would be clearly exposed, which may be the only hope for saving this nation from even greater abuse.


The 9/11 Commission, designated to investigate the attack, was directed by Philip Zelikow, part of the Bush transition team in the NSA sector and the co-author of a book with Condoleezza Rice. A Bush supporter and director of national security affairs, he could hardly be expected to conduct an objective and impartial investigation. The 9/11 Commission Report is replete with omissions, distortions, and factual errors, which David Ray Griffin has documented in his book, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions. The official report, for example, entirely ignores the collapse of WTC7, a 47-story building, which was hit by no airplanes, was only damaged by a few small fires, and fell seven hours after the attack.

Here are some of the kinds of considerations that are profoundly troubling to objective reason:

In the history of structural engineering, steel-frame high-rise buildings have never been brought down due to fires either before or since 9/11, so how can fires have brought down three in one day? How is this possible?

The BBC has reported that at least five of the nineteen alleged "hijackers" have turned up alive and well living in Saudi Arabia, yet according to the FBI, they were among those killed in the attacks. How is this possible?

Frank DeMartini, a project manager for the WTC, said the buildings were designed with load redistribution capabilities to withstand the impact of airliners, whose effects would be like "puncturing mosquito netting with a pencil." Yet they completely collapsed. How is this possible?

Since the melting point of steel is about 2,700F, the temperature of jet fuel fires does not exceed 1,800 under optimal conditions, and UL certified the steel used to 2,000F for six hours, the buildings cannot have collapsed due to heat from the fires. How is this possible?

Flight 77, which allegedly hit the building, left the radar screen in the vicinity of the Ohio/Kentucky border, only to "reappear" in very close proximity to the Pentagon shortly before impact. How is this possible?

Foreign "terrorists" who were clever enough to coordinate hijacking four commercial airliners seemingly did not know that the least damage to the Pentagon would be done by hitting its west wing. How is this possible?

Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, in an underground bunker at the White House, watched Vice President Cheney castigate a young officer for asking, as the plane drew closer and closer to the Pentagon, "Do the orders still stand?" The order cannot have been to shoot it down, but must have been the opposite. How is this possible?

A former Inspector General for the Air Force has observed that Flight 93, which allegedly crashed in Pennsylvania, should have left debris scattered over an area less than the size of a city block; but it is scattered over an area of about eight square miles. How is this possible?

A tape recording of interviews with air traffic controllers on duty on 9/11 was deliberately crushed, cut into very small pieces, and distributed in assorted places to insure its total destruction. How is this possible?

The Pentagon conducted a training exercise called "MASCAL" simulating the crash of a Boeing 757 into the building on 24 October 2000, and yet Condoleezza Rice, among others, has repeatedly asserted that "no one ever imagined" a domestic airplane could be used as a weapon. How is this possible?

Physics research establishes that only controlled demolitions are consistent with the near-gravity speed of fall and virtually symmetrical collapse of all three of the WTC buildings. While turning concrete into very fine dust, they fell straight-down into their own footprints. We are obliged to conclude that the 9/11 atrocity represents an instance of the approach--which has been identified by Karl Rove, the President's closest adviser--of "creating our own reality."

For the complete article, see:

For FN's resources on this topic, see:

Bush Conspiracy and 9/11 Investigative Reports,
looking into the unanswered questions.

2) Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him

- - DU News - Gulf War Veteran Dennis Kyne

Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him

Published by the New York Times
January 29, 2006

The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

The scientist, James E. Hansen, longtime director of the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in an interview that officials at NASA headquarters had ordered the public affairs staff to review his coming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from journalists.

Dr. Hansen said he would ignore the restrictions. "They feel their job is to be this censor of information going out to the public," he said.

Dean Acosta, deputy assistant administrator for public affairs at the space agency, said there was no effort to silence Dr. Hansen. "That's not the way we operate here at NASA," Mr. Acosta said. "We promote openness and we speak with the facts."

He said the restrictions on Dr. Hansen applied to all National Aeronautics and Space Administration personnel. He added that government scientists were free to discuss scientific findings, but that policy statements should be left to policy makers and appointed spokesmen.

Mr. Acosta said other reasons for requiring press officers to review interview requests were to have an orderly flow of information out of a sprawling agency and to avoid surprises. "This is not about any individual or any issue like global warming," he said. "It's about coordination."

Dr. Hansen strongly disagreed with this characterization, saying such procedures had already prevented the public from fully grasping recent findings about climate change that point to risks ahead.

"Communicating with the public seems to be essential," he said, "because public concern is probably the only thing capable of overcoming the special interests that have obfuscated the topic."

Dr. Hansen, 63, a physicist who joined the space agency in 1967, directs efforts to simulate the global climate on computers at the Goddard Institute in Morningside Heights in Manhattan.

Since 1988, he has been issuing public warnings about the long-term threat from heat-trapping emissions, dominated by carbon dioxide, that are an unavoidable byproduct of burning coal, oil and other fossil fuels. He has had run-ins with politicians or their appointees in various administrations, including budget watchers in the first Bush administration and Vice President Al Gore.

In 2001, Dr. Hansen was invited twice to brief Vice President Dick Cheney and other cabinet members on climate change. White House officials were interested in his findings showing that cleaning up soot, which also warms the atmosphere, was an effective and far easier first step than curbing carbon dioxide.

He fell out of favor with the White House in 2004 after giving a speech at the University of Iowa before the presidential election, in which he complained that government climate scientists were being muzzled and said he planned to vote for Senator John Kerry.

But Dr. Hansen said that nothing in 30 years equaled the push made since early December to keep him from publicly discussing what he says are clear-cut dangers from further delay in curbing carbon dioxide.

Article Truncated, for complete article, see:

For FN's resources, see:

Mounting Evidence of Global Warming

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- - DU News - Gulf War Veteran Dennis Kyne

Dennis Kyne is a military veteran who served for fifteen years in the US Army, and over a year on the front lines of Gulf War I as a battlefield medic. He has seen first-hand the effects of Depleted Uranium weapons.

Gulf War Syndrome is a disease that thousands of servicemen and women brought back from Gulf War I, and today they continue to die from the side-effects of Depleted Uranium and PB Tablets. Meanwhile the Military maintains that these sypmtoms are "undiagnosable," and continues to conduct unethical testing of medicine and weapons on battlefield personnel in Iraq today.

After an honorable discharge in 2003, Dennis devoted his life to Support the Truth. Today Dennis travels the country describing his first-hand military experience, and educating young Americans about the ill effects of Depleted Uranium.

For more information link to DU News

For FN's resources, see:

Depleted Uranium
and the devestation and harm from exploded shells..

3) Hamas Victory's Silver Lining

Only the right can
By Gideon Levy
29 January 2006

The good news from the occupied territories is that Hamas won the elections. As opposed to what the chorus of national intimidation - speaking in one voice from Benjamin Netanyahu to Ami Ayalon - is saying, the political change in Palestine could be good news. Not that the victory of an extremist religious organization is not without dangers and problems, and that a secular, moderate and uncorrupt movement would have been preferable. But, in its absence, one can find quite a few points of light in the Hamas victory.

First, these are very authentic results, achieved through elections that were respectably democratic, even though they took place under the least democratic circumstances imaginable, the occupation. As usual, we were threatened by our experts with "anarchy," and, as usual, the Palestinians did not meet those expectations. There was no shooting and no rioting; the Palestinian nation had its say with admirable order. It said "no" to a movement that did not bring it any achievements in the just struggle against the occupation, and it said "yes" to those who appeared to the voters to be braver and with clean hands. The religious issue was set aside: Most of the Palestinians, it can be safely said, don't want a religious state; they want a free state.

Second, both Israelis and Palestinians can learn important lessons from the results of the election. The Israelis have to finally learn that applying force will not get the desired results. On the contrary. In recent years, until the tahadiyeh, the lull, there wasn't a month that went by in which we did not hear about the elimination of another "senior" Hamas official. From assassination to assassination, the movement only grew in strength. The conclusion: Force is not the answer.

The Palestinians also have to learn that it was the moderation of the movement that led them to victory. Hamas did not win because of terror attacks, it largely won despite the terror. It has been moderating in recent months, changing its skin, agreeing to a lull that has lasted since November 2004. During all that, its power only grew. As opposed to the fragmented Fatah, whose heads have no control over what happens on the ground, when Hamas wants, not even a toy gun gets fired. The few terror attacks of the past few months were not the handwork of the violent and murderous group we knew. This is an important lesson. Only Hamas can truly fight terror. The war Israel waged against terror, with its innumerable assassinations, demolitions, arrests and detentions, has been far less effective than one judicious decision by the heads of Hamas.

There's more good news. Only the right can do it? If that view is true, if only people of the right can bring peace, like Ariel Sharon on our side, then we are now facing a new chance that should not be missed. A peace deal with Hamas will be a lot more stable and viable than any agreement we sign with the PLO, if Hamas were to oppose it. Hamas can make concessions where Fatah would never dare. In any case, the Hamas that forms the government won't be the Hamas that sends suicide bombers. The comparison to international terror organizations is also nonsense: Hamas is a movement fighting for limited national goals. If Israel were to reach out to the extremists among its enemies, then maybe it can reach a real agreement that would put an end to the tumor of the occupation and the curse of terror.

To that end, both sides, Israel and Hamas, must free themselves of the slogans of the past. Those who pose preconditions, like disarming Hamas, will miss the chance. It is impossible to expect that Hamas will disarm, just as it is impossible to expect that Israel would disarm. In Palestinian eyes, Hamas' weapons are meant to fight the occupation, and, as is well-known, the occupation is not over. Practically, and indeed morally, the armed are armed if they are equipped with F-16s or Qassam launchers. If Israel were to commit to an end to killing Hamas operatives, there is reason to assume that Hamas would agree, at least for a while, to lay down its arms. The months of tahadiyeh proved that, even when Israel did not cease its own fire. In the coming months, the risk of terror attacks will be further reduced: A movement that wants to consolidate its regime and win international recognition will not be busy with terror. Nor will it allow Islamic Jihad to steal the show.

Now is the time to reach out to Hamas, which is desperate for international, and particularly American, recognition, and knows that such recognition goes through Israel. If Israel were to be friendly toward Hamas, it could benefit. Not that Hamas will all at once give up its extremist demands and its unrealistic dreams, but it will know, as some of its leaders have already declared, to set them aside if it serves their interests. Israel, which in any case did not speak with Yasser Arafat or Mahmoud Abbas, now has an opportunity for surprise. Instead of wasting more years with rejectionism, at the end of which we'll sit down with Hamas in any case, let us reach out now to this extremist group, which was democratically elected. Israel has nothing to lose from such an approach. We've already seen the achievements of the hand that assassinates and demolishes, uproots and jails, we've already seen those policies fulfilled in front of our eyes: Hamas won the elections.

For FN's resources, see:

Mid East Peace

4) Message from Leonard Peltier regarding Dennis Banks

- - Pieces of the Economic Puzzle - Amherst, Feb. 9th

From: Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Message from Leonard Peltier
regarding Dennis Banks and the Sacred Run,

Aho my relations,

For the past few weeks, I have been receiving daily updates from the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee regarding the rallies, events, and support that you my supporters are organizing for Feb. 6, 2006. You can not imagine how good it feels to hear the daily reports! Words can not express my appreciation to each and every one of you who will be remembering me on Feb 6, 2006, the 30th year of my false imprisonment for the illegal means used to extradite me from Canada, and the unjust fraudulent methods used by the United States Department of Justice and its agency the FBI to falsely convict and maintain my imprisonment. Everyday as I hear the daily updates from the LPDC, I go back to my cell and share with my brothers, that I have not been forgotten, that the past thirty years have not been in vain.I thank you! I also want to thank you for contacting the LPDC and offering your support and coordinating the events with the team at the LPDC. The LPDC is the center of communication between me and you, my supporters I ask that you continue to provide your support and continue to contact the LPDC, for I am in constant communication with the LPDC.

I recently sent a message via American Indian Movement Today on World Talk Radio, by my LPDC staff. For those of you who did not hear the broadcast I will repeat my message. "I send each and every one of you my regards. The past thirty years have been a difficult battle. I ask that you bring me home and work in Unity!" I could elaborate on how difficult the past thirty years have been, the hardships, the torture, the lost of love ones who have gone to the spirit world but that is not my style and again must tell you that your support and unity brings me much strength and hope.

I do however feel the need to address the emotional hardships that I have experienced when people I have given my loyalty have made false allegations about me and have caused not only great emotional pain, but who have also organized benefits in my name and yet the funding is never sent to the LPDC to assist in the struggle. At this time I must publicly announce that I, Leonard Pettier and the Leonard Pettier Defense Committee are not affiliated with Dennis Banks and or The Sacred Run that is being organized by Dennis Banks. I have been notified that an event and/ or prayer circle is being held in my honor on Feb 6 at The Federal Building 13th, Street at Clay Oakland and at 6pm at the Unitarian Hall in Berkeley, California. For reasons well known to Dennis Banks, I will not be affiliated with him nor his prayer circle, and or any of his future projects. Further I demand that he not speak my name when promoting his projects and/or himself.

The time has come to take a stand against those who use my struggle for their own motives and profit. This behavior only hurts me and my struggle for freedom. To all of you who have sincere intentions in your heart and will be honoring me on Feb. 6, I send to you a warrior's embrace and say pilamaya (thank you).

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,

Leonard Peltier


The Leonard Peltier Support Group of New Eagleland
Will meet in honor of Leonard, sharing films, discussions
At the Community Meeting Room upstairs at the
Green Fields Market, 144 Main St. Greenfield, MA
Monday, February 6, 2006 from 5:00 to 8pm


For a world wide list of events on Feb. 6th, see:

For more information, you can call the LPDC @ 915-533-6655
Email and share your plans and ideas.
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee


Also from FN archives, see:

Free Leonard Peltier

- - Pieces of the Economic Puzzle - Amherst, Feb. 9th

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Globalization - Iraq War - Wal-Mart - Healthcare Crisis - Privatization

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