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Friday, April 24, 2015

No Justice, No Peace: Confronting Capitalism’s and Democracy’s Crises

9/11 Issues Addressed at the Left Forum in New York City

Written by 9/11 Truth Outreach Staff

The 9/11 Truth issue cuts across the whole political spectrum from extreme left to the extreme right. Across this spectrum, people demand an open and transparent government that does not succumb to falsehoods. While a wide range of perspectives concerns how a government can --and should -- be structured to accomplish this, few people will state that the government they want to support will be dishonest. The left of the political spectrum has the loudest voice demanding that all people have a voice in their government and more importantly – that we all do better when we "all do better."

Each spring, the Left Forum Conference brings 4,500 progressives together to discuss what their differences are and what they agree on? This annual gathering is where attendees discuss differences, commonalities, and alternatives to current predicaments, and to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. 2015's conference theme is timely: In Greece and Spain the Left has either taken power or is on the verge of it. At home police violence is now being contested by a popular upsurge of protest and resistance. Even the Obama administration facing a solid reactionary front, has finally shown signs of responding to deep mass disaffection.
As the forum organizers state, "From the nationwide activism arising out of Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter movements to the growing momentum to end the Cuban embargo, recent events and left politics in the current year are shaping up to be interesting if not pivotal."

For the first time, four panels are addressing 9/11 related issues from Islamophobia, Anthrax, the American Deep State and Where do we go from here.

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Dangerous Scapegoating of Islam: Exacerbated by the Left's Silence About Controlled Demolition on 9/11

Participants: Wayne Coste Chair, Truth Outreach, Inc.; David Slesinger, 9/11 Truth Activist; Mauri Saalakhan, The Peace and Justice Foundation.

The Left has a long, committed history of fighting racism, yet it fails to effectively confront the virulent systemic racism against Arabs and Muslims -- enormously exacerbated by the events of 9/11. It's a ludicrous, Gulf of Tonkin level lie that 19 Arabs, acting alone, armed with box cutters directed by a Muslim from a cave in Afghanistan got past the most powerful military the world has ever known. Yet paralyzed by government and media neo-McCarthy "anti-terrorist" propaganda, the mainstream Left is silent in the face of a tsunami of blatant contradictions and falsehoods of 9/11 as theorized by the official Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld narrative. The government's 9/11 theory doesn't hold up to scientific scrutiny. By failing to challenge the official 9/11 story through a critical examination of the forensic evidence, the Left has allowed the effects of 9/11—war, surveillance, a bloated military, paranoid-inducing fear—to prevail, including the institutionalization of Islamophobia and the racist targeting of Arab peoples. The panel will summarize 9/11, its roots and consequences. A professional engineer will then present a forensic scientific analysis for how the Twin Towers and Building 7 fell. The evidence totally refutes the official version which led to the the global war on terror and the shredding of civil liberties. We will end with a report from a Muslim activist detailing the suffering endured by the Islamic community due to a fallacious 9/11 official story that demonizes their culture.

The 2001 Anthrax Attacks and the Challenge to the Left

Participants: Barry Kissin Chair; Meryl Nass; Graeme MacQueen

Just last month, ex-FBI agent Richard Lambert, who directed the anthrax letters investigation between 2002 and 2006, filed a lawsuit against the FBI. Lambert claims that the FBI concealed evidence of the innocence of Bruce Ivins', the Bureau's chosen "anthrax killer." Meryl Nass will build on these latest revelations as she discusses the curious manner in which the FBI's investigation of the anthrax letters of 2001 has meandered down blind alleys while ignoring all the promising leads. Graeme MacQueen will argue that the FBI's claims have been part of a much wider pattern of deception. He will relate the anthrax deception both to the attacks of September 11, 2001 and to the propaganda employed to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Barry Kissin will underline the fact that the anthrax letters are uniquely acknowledged by the U.S. Government to have been an inside job and a false-flag attack. This dimension of criminality, which also characterizes the 9-11 attacks, the chemical attack near Damascus in August 2013, and the coup in Kiev in February 2014, continues to be avoided/ignored by the Left, a failure that compromises all of the Left's analysis of American military/foreign policy.

The American Deep State: How Capitalism Has Subverted Democracy

Participants: Cheryl Curtiss Chair, Radio show host of "9/11 Wake-Up Call" at www.wwuh.org University of Hartford; Andrew Kreig www.justice-integrity.org; Peter Dale Scott www.peterdalescott.net

Most Americans know there's something wrong with our country, but don't really understand what's going on or why. Even activists often spin their wheels trying to change the "public" or "constitutional" sphere, with little impact. That is because the "Deep State" is the true source of power, and one that is intentionally well-hidden from the public eye. Extensively analyzed by the distinguished former Berkeley professor and diplomat, Peter Dale Scott, the Deep State's two most significant characteristics are that it is unelected and unaccountable. People who question "deep events" are labeled "conspiracy theorists" (a term promoted by the CIA and documented in a declassified 1967 CIA memo) to discredit anyone who digs below the surface to expose activities orchestrated by the Deep State—everything from the JFK assassination to 9/11. The secrecy is further entrenched by a highly controlled corporate media, and also, yes, by many mainstream left media outlets. Most Americans have understandably been deceived by this propaganda, but some have not. Our panelists will discuss their work of digging "deep" below the surface to expose where the real power lies and what is in store for us if we don't wake up. We cannot throw off the yoke of oppression and achieve lasting peace and justice if we don't know who's holding the reins and how they operate. Join us as we conclude with practical suggestions for action.

Evaluating the Consequences of the Post 9/11 Era, Redirecting Our Future

Participants: Les Jamieson Chair, www.hr14.org; Frank Morales; Mark Crispin Miller New York University

The attacks of 9/11 have been the catalyst for Project For A New American Century's stated pursuit of "full spectrum dominance". From subversion of civil liberties to war without end, 9/11 is the premise. Innumerable lives lost or irreparably impacted by war, trillions of dollars diverted to the war machine, emergence of the police state and hyper-intrusive surveillance state, justification of torture, and islamophobia are all direct consequences. Even current brinksmanship with Russia extends the neocon agenda for global supremacy predicated by the "new Pearl Harbor" exemplified by 9/11. A clear evaluation of 9/11 as root cause will empower the Left to end the onslaught. A current resolution in Congress, H.R.14, could be the catalyst needed to change direction, correct history, and restore sanity. It aims to release 28 pages from the Congressional Joint Inquiry on 9/11 which were illegally classified by George W. Bush. Congressmen behind H.R. 14 state Saudi royals, other governments, and U.S. agencies are implicated. With current concern about transparency, shouldn't all evidence of 9/11 be open to the public and especially the 9/11 families? For all who work for peace and progress, this evidence will expose very different motives behind the global war on terror and conditions of fascism at home. Come learn how H.R. 14 is an unprecedented opportunity to reveal what was wrongly concealed, and how this resolution can lead to redirecting the future towards peace.


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