House Subcommittee Presentation Equates 9/11 Truth With
Represents the internet, sites such as myspace and youtube
as a virtual terror training camps
Watson & Paul Watson
Tuesday, Nov 13,
A House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on "Terrorism and
the Internet" held last week, and broadcast on C-Span, featured
a panel of "experts", including representatives formerly
of the RAND
Corporation and the
Simon Wiesenthal Center who presented 9/11 truth
websites sites alongside sites that celebrate the attacks and
offer training in terrorist tactics.
The hearing was chaired by Democratic Rep. Jane
Harman, and ranking Republican, Rep. Dave Reichert. It was supposed
to focus on the use of the internet by "home grown terrorist
recruiters" yet in a shocking move it blatantly related the
9/11 truth movement with so called radical "jihadists".
In a very poorly prepared and delivered PowerPoint
splurge, Mark Weitzman (pictured far right) stated:
"Some of these are conspiracy theories that
present a closed view of the world, such as blaming 9/11 as
an "outside job"(?) or blaming outside groups such
as the U.S. government, or er the Jews etc, some of these are
pro-Iraqi insurgency videos, some of them are media portals
that people can enter into, ones that you saw earlier with the
flags, the U.S. flags show that thy were based on U.S. servers..."
Under the heading "Internet: Incubator of 9/11
Conspiracies and Disinformation" Weiztman threw in video
of WTC building 7 collapsing on 9/11 as posted on various 9/11
truth affiliated websites, along with screen shots of the Architects
and Engineers for 9/11 Truth site and other sites,
such as Killtown's, who raised
awareness of this.
"We need to be aware of the empowering effect
of the internet upon extremists, we must have researchers and
responders for both the technical and and linguistic skills
to keep us informed and to be able to respond to what is online.
We must make users aware of the misinformation and of the techniques
used by extremists." Weitzman continued.
The entire hearing can be viewed online at http://www.c-spanarchives.org/library/index.php?main_page=product_video_...
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Weiztman's presentation represents the latest disgusting effort
to lump in the movement to uncover the truth behind the 9/11 attacks,
a movement which includes
hundreds of first responders, firefighters, police, former intelligence
officials and the largest 9/11 families representative group,
with jihad groups and real Islamic extremists in order to demonize
Later on in the hearing, former RAND corporation director Bruce
Hoffman re-iterated Weitzman's presentation, stating "These
falsehoods and conspiracy theories have now become so ubiquitous
and so pervasive that they are believed, so you have almost a
parallel truth, and it has become a very effective tool for recruiting
Whichever way Hoffman dresses this up, it is plain fact that
we have not been given the truth about what happened on 9/11.
We have been subject to a "received truth", an official
story that when compared with physical evidence does not hold
water. In the absence of any real independent investigation, the
evidence unearthed during six years of research by individuals
and groups who want the truth has made the issue a phenomenon.
In recent polls up to 80% of Americans do not believe they have
been told the truth about 9/11. Respected
intelligence veterans agree with them. NIST, the
body tasked with investigating the collapse of the buildings "cannot
explain" why they fell. Yet corporate academics such as Bruce
Hoffman continue to insinuate that the truth about 9/11 is and
always has been set in stone and any deviation from the official
story is a "falsehood".
To then implicitly suggest that the millions of Americans who
have questioned the government version of events on 9/11 are synonymous
with a vast minority of violent extremist radicals is either extremely
ill informed or purposefully misleading.
Over recent months we have witnessed a
growth in this disturbing trend to attempt to equate
peaceful 9/11 researchers and truth activists with violence and
extremism. The prime culprits have been establishment "news"
hacks who are raising the same talking point ad infinitum, dubbing
the global truth movement "anarchists" and violent individuals
who may be aiding terrorists.
Talking heads such as Fox News bigot Bill O'Reilly and his frothing
caricature Glenn Beck over on CNN, have specifically targeted
9/11 truthers in segments designed to portray the movement as
dangerous and sow the seed in the minds of what viewers they have
left that peaceful truth seekers are actually in league with violent
People like O'Reilly and Glenn Beck would relish the opportunity
to have their baseless allegations "proved right", and
should some act of violence or terrorism be carried out, whether
real or staged, they would love to blame it on the 9/11 truth
movement, in a similar way to how the patriot movement was blamed
for the OKC bombing in 1995.
The bill to which these hearings are tied, H.R.
1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention
Act of 2007, defines "violent radicalization"
as "The process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief
system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence
to advance political, religious, or social change."
It further defines "homegrown terrorism" as "The
use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a
group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily
within the United States or any possession of the United States
to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian
population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance
of political or social objectives."
The bill's reference to how "The Internet has aided in facilitating
violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the
homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing
access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda
to United States citizens," is shocking.
Remember, the bill is not aimed at "Al-Qaeda" websites
or arabic forums that post alleged Bin Laden video tapes, it is
aimed at American citizens using American based websites, like
the very one you're reading now.
The opportunity for the state to seize upon violent
posts left by trolls and use them to entrap peaceful
9/11 truthers under the guise that they "promoted violence"
should be a major concern for us all.
Our message is simply this - don't even try it.
We have preached a doctrine of absolute non-violence from the
very beginning and we will continue to do so. Anyone who calls
for violence in a message board post is either a Fed, a Mom's
basement dwelling troll who spends their entire day attempting
to debunk the 9/11 truth movement, or a completely deluded moron
who is unrepresentative of the vast majority of the 9/11 truth
Those individuals who advocate violence should be sought out
and investigated individually. Any plans to try and entrap prominent
9/11 truth movement figures using guilt by association should
be abandoned immediately and we will ceaselessly emphasize this
point until this current wave of propaganda subsides.
Aside from the attack upon 9/11 truth groups, the depiction of
the internet as a whole drawn up by the House Homeland Security
Subcommittee hearing is farcical. The panel does it's best to
present the entire internet as some sort of vicious hate filled
breeding ground for radical murderous terrorists. They give the
impression that the youth of America are being recruited in their
thousands to take down the country in some sort of monolithic
war of civilizations. They depict myspace and youtube in such
a way as to leave the average American viewer with the impression
that those websites are akin to terror training camps.
One cannot help being reminded of the film reels of the McCarthy
hearings of the early 1950s as the House is presented poorly thrown
together slideshows that suggest that there are dangerous terrorists
everywhere, on all manner of internet chat rooms, forums and message
boards recruiting American teenagers to wage Jihad.
The informed masses can see through this garbage, they understand
that freedom and the peaceful push for truth are the only way
to counter any form of extremism. Thus the continued effort by
the authorities to diminish civil liberties at home, to wage unprovoked
aggression abroad and to demonize those who question such moves
is contradictory to their own logic of fighting a "war on
terror". Unless, that is, the war on terror is a fraud, perpetuated
on a basis of fearmongering power politics.
If you live in California and Jane Harman is your
representative, please alert
her to our concerns. If you're in Washington state and Reichert
rep, make your feelings known
CSPAN has been more than fair to 9/11 truth in the past. Last
year they broadcast Alex Jones' American
Scholars Symposium, in 2005, they broadcast David
Ray Griffin, and they will probably listen to feedback
regarding this broadcast.
Finally, ask the Simon Wiesthenthal Center (Mark Weitzman in
particular) to stop conflating terrorist violence with 9/11 truth,
and even though he has not extended the courtesy to us, be polite;
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