Eleven Years Later

September 11, 2012

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Eleven years later and the world has no sense of justice for the 9/11 attacks.

We were lied to by U.S. officials: We don’t know the truth.

It will be up to you, it will be up to me, it will be up to us all to find justice. We must continue to ask questions, seek answers and pursue accountability

Thank you to all who have inspired me to continue to pursue justice.

My condolences to everyone for the events of 9/11/01, most especially the family members of victims.

To a hard-earned, potentially much brighter future,

Brian Romanoff

The Truth About Truthers

August 27, 2011

Technical issues resolved. Please make sure that if you posted this article somewhere to please now put the correct author with it. 

by Patrick Rapa   source: City Paper   Aug. 27, 2010

Confession: Sometimes, late at night, I like to go online and argue with truthers. Or I used to. It would go like this:

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Obama: Osama Bin Laden Killed

May 1, 2011

Please read: Disposal of 9/11 Evidence Continues: Bin Laden Body Dumped at Sea

Brian Romanoff   Nor Cal Truth   May 1, 2011

As a preface to the “news” of Osama Bin Laden’s death I have gathered headlines carried here on Nor Cal Truth and other respected bogs over the last few years detailing the saga of Osama Bin Laden. Please review these articles and become familiar with more details of this very complex story.

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9/11 Victims’ Families Still Waiting for Justice Two Years After Obama’s Promise

March 1, 2011

The title is misleading because 9/11 victims family members have really been waiting and acting for justice for almost 10 years now.

The families featured in this article by FOX news are not the same 9/11 families that are involved in the Building What campaign nor are these the 9/11 families that signed the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth petition - but they are 9/11 victims family members waiting for justice none-the-less.

Debra Burlingame is the sister of Cap. Charles Burlingame who was piloting the plane that was crashed into the Pentagon. Read more about him here.

source: FOX    Mar 1, 2011

Two years ago this month, President Obama met with the families of Sept. 11 victims and other victims of terrorism at a special meeting in Washington, D.C., and promised “swift and certain justice” for the perpetrators. But the high expectations of that meeting have given way to frustration for many who met with Obama.

“One of the first things he told us was that we were the conscience of the country and he wanted to give us swift and certain justice,” Debra Burlingame, whose brother, Charles, was the pilot on Flight 77 on 9/11, told Fox News. She was one of about 30 people at the meeting.

That same phrase “swift and certain justice” was used by the White House in its own press release after the meeting.

But with no timetable for a trial for those charged with being behind the attacks, Hamilton Peterson, who lost his father and stepmother on 9/11, says the families feel betrayed.

Unfortunately, I would say, at a minimum, we were misled, ” Peterson said.

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9/11 Family Members Demand Answers from the 9/11 Commission: The Censored Testimony of FBI’s Behrooz Sarshar

February 1, 2011


by Sibel Edmonds    source: Boiling Frogs Post    Feb 1, 2011

The Witnessed & Documented “Kamikaze Pilots” Case

In a public statement issued today (see below), members of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee demanded a prompt response from the former Chairman and Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission regarding Former FBI Language Specialist Behrooz Sarshar’s censored testimony to the Commission. The press release was prompted by recently released documents related to the interviews conducted by the 9/11 Commission published at Cryptome.org , in particular the “Memorandum for the Record ” containing the Commission’s interview with Mr. Sarshar. The memorandum, after establishing Mr. Sarshar’s credibility and vaguely referring to his documented and witnessed testimony regarding specific tip(s) provided to the FBI in April and June 2001 regarding planned imminent “Kamikaze Pilots” attacks targeting major cities in the United States, leaves out the entire testimony. This testimony was also entirely left out of the Commission’s final report released in July 2004.

Behrooz Sarshar worked as a GS 12 language specialist with Top Secret Clearance at the FBI Washington Field Office. After leaving the FBI in 2002, he provided his testimony on “Kamikaze Pilots” to several Congressional offices and investigators, including staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee’s leading Democrat at the time, Senator Patrick Leahy, and the Justice Department’s Inspector General Office. The congressional sources familiar with Mr. Sarshar’s case and briefing found  him and his report credible:

A former Grassley investigator says he found Sarshar credible, too. “We thought he was a pretty credible guy,” said former Senate Judiciary Committee investigator Kris Kolesnik.

In April and June of 2001 a long-term FBI informant told two FBI agents from the Washington field office that his sources in Afghanistan had provided him with information regarding a terrorist plot to attack the US in a suicide mission involving airplanes. Mr. Sarshar acted as an interpreter at both meetings after which the case agents filed a report (on 302 Forms) with their squad supervisor, Thomas Frields. Here is what Mr. Frields told the reporter when questioned about the case:

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9/11 Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

August 14, 2010

by Bandbsull  source: 9/11 Blogger  Aug 14, 2010 

On July 23, 2010 Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein published an order terminating motions in the 9/11 wrongful death cases of Barbara Keating and Sara Low.

After languishing in his court for years and being told by their attorneys that they had almost no chance of getting a trial on liability, a proposed settlement was proffered in Keating v. American Airlines, Inc. and Low v. U.S. Airways, Inc. Unfortunately the good judge essentially sat on the motions for several months, neither ruling for or against them.

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9/11 Responders Demand Justice

August 8, 2010

source: 9/11 Blogger  Aug 8, 2010

RT filmed this emotional footage of 9/11 first responders pouring their hearts out at a speech just blocks away from where the twin towers fell. The rally was in response to Congress defeating a federal bill that would have provided billions of dollars in health care for those sickened by toxins released by the collapse of the World Trade Center towers Sept. 11, 2001.



9/11 Trials Decision Postponed Until After Midterm Elections

July 4, 2010

source: Pittsburgh Live      July 4, 2010

In February, as the Justice Department’s plan for civilian terrorism trials in Manhattan was collapsing, Obama administration officials said they soon would choose an alternative venue for the case that promised to secure justice for the Sept. 11 attacks.

In March, officials said that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the attacks, probably would be tried before a military tribunal and that a decision appeared to be imminent.

In April, Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress that the White House-led review of the case would be completed in “a number of weeks.”

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US Recants Claims on “High-Value” Detainee Abu Zubaydah

April 2, 2010

No, this is not the Guantanamo detainee who was ordered free by a judge recently due to lack of evidence.

Also don’t forget what the ACLU revealed last week: Tenet, Ashcroft, and Rumsfeld told the 9/11 Commission that they (Commission Members) could not cross “certain lines” of investigation, namely the interviews with detainees like the one in the story below….and above.

By Jason Leopold  source: Truthout  April 2, 2010

Editor’s Note: As of 4:51 pm PST Thursday, April 1, 2010, this story was updated to include additional information from the court document undercutting the government’s case and is now a complete writethru. 

The Justice Department has quietly recanted nearly every major claim the Bush administration made about Abu Zubaydah, the alleged al-Qaeda leader who was the first suspected terrorist subjected to the torture of waterboarding and other White House-approved “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

In a federal court filing, Justice backed away from the Bush administration’s statements that Zubaydah was the No. 2 or No. 3 official in al-Qaeda who had helped plan the 9/11 attacks, as well as even earlier claims from the Clinton administration that he was directly involved in planning the 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa.

The US government’s retreat underscores yet another problem with President George W. Bush’s use of torture. Besides its illegality and immorality, torture can be applied to suspected terrorists who have been falsely identified and who thus don’t possess the expected information, which can lead frustrated interrogators to escalate the torture until the subject provides something, whether true or not.

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Why We Seek War?

February 6, 2010

By Sherwood Ross     Feb 6, 2010   

Not Holding Leaders Responsable for Crimes Only Breeds More War

One reason the U.S. is continuously at war is that its leaders “are never held to any criminal responsibility for their actions,” a law school dean writes.

 The U.S. hanged World War II German and Japanese war criminals “but no American leaders are held to criminal responsibility by America, no matter how dastardly their conduct,” writes Lawrence Velvel, dean of the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover.

 “And we of course will not let any other country or body hold them to criminal responsibility for horrendous conduct,” writes Velvel, in his school’s “Long Term View” magazine. Indeed, he noted the President George W. Bush “with unaccustomed foresight refused to let America support and ‘participate’ in the International Criminal Court lest Americans be triable for their actions.”

 “Why shouldn’t warmongering leaders enter wars for any reason that suits them, however fallacious or despicable, if they know they can retroactively justify the war if any arguable basis later turns up…and they also know that they face no possibility of criminal responsibility regardless of how terrible their conduct?” Velvel asks.

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Inside the Military Media Industrial Complex: Impacts on Movements for Peace and Social Justice

December 22, 2009

Among the most important corporate media censored news stories of the past decade, one must be that over one million people have died because of the United States military invasion and occupation of Iraq.  This, of course, does not include the number of deaths from the first Gulf War nor the ensuing sanctions placed upon the country of Iraq that, combined, caused close to an additional one million Iraqi deaths. In the Iraq War, which began in March of 2003, over a million people have died violently primarily from US bombings and neighborhood patrols.  These were deaths in excess of the normal civilian death rate under the prior government.  Among US military leaders and policy elites, the issue of counting the dead was dismissed before the Iraqi invasion even began.  In an interview with reporters in late March of 2002 US General Tommy Franks stated, “You know we don’t do body counts.”[i] Fortunately, for those concerned about humanitarian costs of war and empire, others do.

In a January 2008 report, the British polling group Opinion Research Business (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 hemes/advanced/langs/en.js” type=”text/javascript”> 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.  If one takes into account the margin of error associated with survey data of this nature then the estimated range is between 946,000 and 1,120,000.”[ii] 

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Big Turnover Coming for Sonoma County Judges

December 20, 2009

by Paul Payne, source: Press Democrat

Retirements will force the turnover of nearly a third of the Sonoma County Superior Court bench, stripping away years of case-handling experience and setting the stage for judicial appointments from Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

At least three of 23 judges and commissioners are expected to sit out the June elections and another four have announced they are retiring mid-term, necessitating governor appointments.

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Greg Craig and Obama’s Worsening Civil Liberties Record

November 28, 2009

source: Glenn Greenwald (Salon)

Over at Daily Kos, Barbara Morrill complains that The Washington Post‘s Richard Cohen “is Karl Rove dressed up in pseudo-sadness” because — according to her — Cohen today “whines that the Attorney General announced that the United States follows the rule of law” by giving trials to 5 Guantanamo detainees.  I don’t disagree with Morrill’s general assessment of Cohen, but his point today is actually the exact opposite of what she describes.  Cohen wasn’t accusing Obama of lacking moral clarity because he’s giving trials to a few of the 9/11 defendants; rather, Cohen argues that the lack of moral clarity comes from denying trials to many, perhaps most, of the detainees, who will receive only military commissions or be subjected to indefinite detention with no trials:

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Justice Department Pointlessly Gags Guantánamo Lawyer

November 22, 2009

Prisoners in Camp 6, Guantanamo (Photo: Brennan Linsley)

Source: AndyWorthington

By Andy Worthington


One of the saddest stories in Guantánamo is that of Abdul Hamid al-Ghizzawi, a Libyan married to an Afghan woman and with a newly-born baby daughter, who was running a small bakery in Jalalabad, Afghanistan at the time of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001. Fearing that he would be seized in the widespread anti-Arab sentiment that followed the collapse of the Taliban, he traveled with his family to the house of his wife’s parents, but instead of finding safety he was seized by bounty hunters and sold to US forces. Read the rest of this entry »


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