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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Agonizing over Apathy:

Matt Campbell looks for Justice at Guantanamo

Written by Dan Peterman

When Matt Campbell received a phone call from the U.S. government in early fall of 2016 informing him he had a free ride to Guantanamo Bay he was not about to turn them down. However, Traveling alone to Guantanamo Bay on the government's dime had Matt making more than one irreverent jibe on social media about his personal safety. After all, in September of 2014, he burned the 9/11 Commission Report on the steps of the US embassy in the UK.

Matt, along with 4 others, had been selected by lottery from the pool of 9-11 survivor's families as part of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program at the DoD. The Pentagon prosecutors list 2,976 victims in their conspiracy charge sheet regarding the New York attacks on September 11th, 2001. Registered family members of those victims are eligible for a lottery that chooses five people to travel to each Guantanamo war court hearing as guests of the Pentagon with distinguished visitor privileges.

Geoff Campbell and His Brother Matt CampbellGeoff Campbell and His Brother Matt Campbell

In 1999, Matt's energetic brother Geoff had accepted a promising position as risk analyst for Reuters, located in the North Tower of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Geoff was attending Risk Waters Group's inaugural Waters Financial Technology Congress at the “Windows on the World” on the 106th floor of the 110 floor North Tower. American Airlines Flight 11 struck the building about 15 floors below the conference location. The news of Geoff's horrific death coupled with the absurd claims that the buildings collapsed due to jet fuel fires alone, motivated Matt to challenge both the U.S. and U.K. government's official narrative of the 911 catastrophe.

Unlike US policy, when a citizen of the UK dies overseas, and remains are repatriated, an immediate investigation is launched into the circumstances surrounding that death. Matt laments that the initial inquest into Geoff's murder "just didn't add up", with one anonymous source confiding that the inquest violated normal protocols and characterized the proceedings as "very sloppy".

Over the ensuing years, Matt has had a number of public speaking engagements, as well as been featured in the acclaimed film "Incontrovertible". Matt has been a relentless critic that many in higher levels of authority have had to reckon with. During my interview with him, he spoke from his home in a small village in the Southdowns area just 10 miles north of Brighton. He says that he enjoys the quiet life. His children are leaving the nest, and he enjoys having more time for his passion of running as well as maintaining a raw foods diet.

Matt has put down the mantel of truth activist, at least in the public sphere, and states that when he first took up the cause people did not take him seriously. Many told him that he was either bonkers or wasting his time. In the beginning his family and friends were concerned as his unquenchable zeal for the truth had led him to reject the official government story. As the news of manipulated money markets and further revelations about 911 surfaced, some of Matt's friends began to wonder whether or not America had at least "let it happen", especially now that the buildup to war had begun in earnest . Relating one of Matt's favorite quotes from author John Pilgner's book "War is a Farce" he added "Official truths are often powerful illusions."

If you've had nothing but a steady diet of Fox News or CNN, you may not be aware that the US military has in its custody five individuals whom it is said dreamed up and orchestrated 9/11.Any mainstream news about the high profile case seems to be just enough to perpetuate the so-called "war on terror". You wont hear much these days, because the absurd delays, confusing changes, and allowing of inadmissible evidence have provided new depths of meaning to the term "kangaroo court".

Dispelling the illusion of official narrative hasn't been something Matt necessarily set out to do, but seeking the truth about his brother's death has landed him smack in the middle of a conspiracy he found to be very vast and overreaching. In battle, it is wise to focus on one point of weakness of your enemy. It can become very dangerous to be spread out on many fronts. Like a tenacious bulldog , Matt has consistently pressed all relevant authorities demanding they produce the flight manifests. Among other things, those manifests can prove that the men accused of highjacking the planes, were in fact aboard the planes. Why is it no surprise to Truthers that none of the manifests have been forthcoming, Matt stated, "There is simply no conceivable reason to withhold the manifests; being secretive about them and hiding them is absolutely ridiculous. The whole thing is maddening. If you've got them, produce them. Why wouldn't you have them?"

Crash of American Airlines Flight 587Crash of American Airlines Flight 587

Consider this, on November 12th, 2001, just a month after the attack on the WTC, the second deadliest plane crash to date in the US took place just outside JFK Airport. All on board, including 5 on the ground died, a total of 265 people. Almost immediately, as per all known and required lawful proceedings, the flight manifest was released. In fact, you can still see it today online here: //

Matt Campbell has sent repeated queries demanding flight manifests for the planes involved in the 9/11 crashes. He has been routinely ignored or belaid by claims of national security. One wonders if this is the same type of national security that required millions of tons of literal murder evidence to be carted off to China. The clearing of virtually all the WTC building rubble, without any investigative study of said debris is just one more crime piled on top of a myriad of crimes surrounding that fateful day.

Yet, Matt remains optimistic, and says that if they ever do one day produce those manifests, he will accept them and move on from there. Indeed, while at the pre-trial hearings, Matt inquired of one of the prosecutors as to whether they were going to produce the manifests, and the military lawyer answered in the affirmative.

— Time will tell —

Speaking of time, this particular pre-trial hearing comes just over 15 years after the actual murder of Geoff Campbell and so many others, with the judge only receiving any defendants' statements an entire 13 years after 9/11. The defendants have been incarcerated for 13 years. Reams of requested data including military intel and information about the time the defendants spent at CIA black sites have been withheld from defense lawyers. The current trajectory of the proceedings have many of the opinion that we may not see any actual trial proper until 2020 or even 2025. However, the prosecution has moved for a trial date of March, 2018. Americans have accepted the entire process of these men being detained and held for trial at Guantanamo Bay, but it is something entirely new, and like so many other breaches of our constitution, entirely pursuant to the aftermath of 9/11.

On Sept. 6, 2006, President Bush disclosed the transfer of the defendants to Guantanamo and urged legislative approval for the trials: "As soon as Congress acts to authorize the military commissions I have proposed, the men our intelligence officials believe orchestrated the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001, can face justice."

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarek bin Attash, Abi Abd al-Aziz Ali, Ramzi Binalshibh, Mustafa Ahmed al-HawsawiFrom left to right top to bottom, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarek bin Attash, Abi Abd al-Aziz Ali, Ramzi Binalshibh, Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi

Bush invented these untested military commissions under the pretense it would be faster than Federal courts, however ol' Dubya's assurance that these men would "face justice" seems to be on hold. There has been and still is quite the ongoing dilemma of whether to try the accused in a Federal court or in the military commissions that Bush established. In 2009, Eric Holder, of all people, actually stopped the military commissions and attempted to transfer all 5 suspects to a prison in Thompson, Ill, with the intent of placing them in a New York City courtroom. The Obama administration, along with Congress, shut that down. There was also a considerable public outcry against the idea, because New Yorkers didn't want the Muslim men in their city. It appears that truth may have been sacrificed on the altar of safety, as the defendants and their trials were once again ushered back underneath the thick veil of military secrecy. The trial proceedings also had to start all over again. For the trial of the Millennium, there has been decidedly more effort, publicity, and public interest directed toward carnival sideshows like those associated with OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson. The Nuremberg Trials were filmed, made public, and dealt with swiftly. They were of greater magnitude. You would think with these alleged perpetrators of 9/11, we would at least see a speedy trial.

One might suppose that during this painfully lengthy interim, perhaps more and more evidence has been gathered against the 5 defendants. Matt Campbell will be the first one to tell you that doesn't appear to be the case. "We must realize that if they do not actually produce the flight manifests, we will never know whether those 19 men were actually aboard the planes." Matt said. "If it is real, then they need to produce genuine desire to commit terrorism." Another worthy read Matt pointed to is Elias Davidson's book, "Highjacking Americans", wherein the author asks, "We have 19 guys accused of highjacking airplanes - where is the evidence?"

— Where indeed? —

Your mind may stray to a supposed "smoking gun" in the form of more than one passport miraculously found on the streets of New York. CBS News reported that a passport belonging to one of the hijackers, Satam al-Sugami, was found on the street minutes after the plane he was aboard crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center and before the New York landmark collapsed.

satam al sugami passport sm c1e4cThe Satam al Suqami Passport

This was yet another "magic passport" found in the rubble in addition to "mastermind" Mohamed Atta's discovered passport at the WTC site. Satam al-Sugami's passport was discovered "in the vicinity of Vesey Street", "several blocks" from the crash site, ". Well, Vesey Street is exactly 180 degrees opposite the direction of the plane trajectory and subsequent explosion. So, not only did the passport survive fireballs that apparently melt steel, it had inherent inertia contradictory to any outside influence. I would suggest that the airlines begin building their black boxes out of this amazing, self-propelled, indestructible passport material, but who knows where they might end up.

Then there is a one Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The more prominent of the 5 men under indictment at Guantanamo, he is considered the grand master wizard of 9/11. Osama bin Laden you ask? Oh yes, him too. It's just that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, or KSM, was the one that brought the entire secret scheme of flying planes into buildings to bin Laden, as well as to Mohammed Atta. Apparently, this is known because they have testimony of people who were at the meeting. It still remains to be seen whether there is any evidence proving this.

Then there is the actual confession of KSM. After considerable water-boarding and something called rectal hydration, the man provided this statement, "I am responsible for 9/11, 100%!"

All confessions under extreme duress aside, at this point it may be helpful to recall an old adage from the final days of Rome. Panem et Circenses is Latin for "bread and circuses". Bread and circuses to feed the masses while outside the Republic falls. In other words, provide something titillating to distract from those things crucial to freedom. Why was it so necessary to keep these trials from the public eye? Why have they been dragged out to excruciatingly long time frames? If interrogation has been so successful as to produce signed confessions, what is the holdup? A good boogieman helps to control the masses. If Americans ever actually do look up from mainlining Fox News and CNN, drooling over Game of Thrones, wallowing in the latest "reality" tv show, or playing video games, to recognize the sheer absurdity of these trials, I fear it will have been too late. When and if we ever actually see a concluding outcome of the Guantanamo Bay trials, they will have served no purpose except to provide a sedative for the masses in the form of just more stuff to make up the bread and circuses we all have become so accustomed to.

Guantanamo: 15 years of shame and more to comeGuantanamo: 15 years of shame and more to come

If it is difficult for many of us to watch this frustrating trial trudge forward, imagine what it is like for the family members. Imagine what it is like to never have over 75% of your questions answered about the murder of your loved ones. Imagine what it is like for those truth warriors like Matt Campbell to feel so alienated from family and friends as you stand against the establishment rhetoric. Matt went to Guantanamo Bay because he loves and misses his brother a great deal. He knew it would likely be a charade, but he went anyway. He knows that Geoff would want him to fight for the truth, and that is just what he has been doing. Like any good brother, Matt will continue to go where he is needed most when it comes to justice and truth for Geoff. Like a ray of hope, men and women such as Matt have been waging a truth war against the establishment. Maybe thats what terrible tragedies like Geoff's death can bring us---a ray of hope. A light and a voice crying out from the wilderness as bereaved family members like Matt shout from the rooftops to question not just the official 9/11 conspiracy, but the apparatus of tyranny as a whole. After all, it was bereaved wives of fallen men during 9/11 that spurred the creation of the 9/11 Commission Report, lacking though it may have been. If we can tear the cover off the web of deceit and lies surrounding 9/11, won't that be the most honor we can show those killed?

We often hear the phrase, "Never Forget" in reference to 9/11. We should ask what that really means, because it seems to me people don't really understand. What it does not mean is listening to country songs and watching movies about how bad 9/11 was and how much we "kick ass". You will do the most honor to that which you actually look at and you will look at what you honor. Never forgetting the horrors of 9/11 means being bold and courageous enough to look long and hard at every facet, every truth claim, and every cause and effect surrounding 9/11.

No, many of us will never forget. Like Matt Campbell, we will continue to stare at 9/11, embrace it, study it, question it, and never cease to engage others on this heinous event that forever changed the landscape of America and the entire world.

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