Friday, September 11, 2009

Eight Years Later, We Want Understanding, A Space in Our Minds for Reflection, and Public Discourse on 9/11/2001

We all have our narrative frames tied to the attacks on NYC, Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. It's human nature to want answers, to wonder how history and our lives have changed so rapidly after that event, and why we as a nation have retreated from truth, inquiry, public discourse, smart thinking, caring, and abstracting truth from outrage and confusion.

So, may you all find some sense of direction and purpose today when you reflect on the killings, the wars, the misdirection, the heavy lifts we all have to make to move our world toward equity and peace. Will it happen in your time? Will you find it in your hearts and brains to understand why so many in the world have questions about this country's direction in two Middle Eastern countries? Why so many wonder why the G-8 wields so much power to shape the world?

I recommend reading the following commentary in Tomdispatch. I recommend looking at why pilots and architects and engineers are wondering what happened that day eight years ago. Truth is like justice -- it takes time and an open mind and even hand to apply it, to make sure it is real and lasting and forever tested to be so. I've included a few web links to groups asking for an investigation of 9/11, on many levels.

Rebecca Solnit is the author of "Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities," and her piece in Tomdispatch (you can find it on Alternet today as well) says what many believe were the resounding proofs of courage in the face of terror. Here's one great quote from her piece:

"Adam Mayblum, who walked down from the 87th floor of the north tower with some of his coworkers, wrote on the Internet immediately afterward:

'They failed in terrorizing us. We were calm. If you want to kill us, leave us alone because we will do it by ourselves. If you want to make us stronger, attack and we unite. This is the ultimate failure of terrorism against the United States.'"

Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth About Us page opening:

"We call upon Congress for a truly independent investigation with subpoena power. We believe that there is sufficient evidence to conclude that the World Trade Center buildings #1 (North Tower), #2 (South Tower), and #7 (the 47 story high-rise across Vesey St.) were destroyed not by jet impact and fires but by controlled demolition with explosives.

We believe that our website, our DVD '9/11: Blueprint for Truth,' and the other referenced material on our sites, contain the information necessary to demonstrate to all with an open mind that this is the case, and that such an investigation is warranted and overdue. We believe that the available relevant evidence invalidates the government’s official conspiracy theory.

All architects, engineers, and others with competence as writers and speakers, whether they choose to sign our petition or not, are encouraged to take an active role by reporting the results of our research on 9/11 by means of lectures, articles, and other modes of responsible public education."

Richard Gage, AIA, is a San Francisco Bay Area architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is the founding member of AE911Truth. He has been a practicing architect for over 20 years and has worked on most types of building construction, including numerous fire-proofed steel-framed buildings. Most recently he worked on the construction documents for a $400M mixed-use urban project with 1.2 million square feet of retail, parking structure, and 320,000 square feet of mid-rise office space.
From Huffington Post: "Patrick Leahy has a point when he urges President Obama to open investigations about the Bush administration. However, he's not pointing at the issue that we need to start with. Namely, September 11th. What really happened? More than a few people know - and I am not alone in calling for those who know to start talking and fess up. Let's not let this go the way of the JFK assassination - and whether with subpoenas or on their own volition, I demand that Dick Cheney, George W. Bush - both of whom refused to testify under oath during the 9/11 Commission proceedings -- Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Karl Rove, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Armitage, Larry Wilkerson, George Tenet, Robert Mueller and the rest - as well as Bill Clinton and Al Gore (both of whom also refused to testify under oath) -- start talking, and in a public arena. And I'm calling on the Obama administration to open up a probe and unravel the web of deceit."

These questioners, these citizens looking for truth and healing, they are the reason why terrorism can't strike at the core of our values -- we believe in truth, citizen rule and the ability to agree to disagree without violence and the core Constitutional Rights being violated.

May you all find peace today in the last shadows of summer.

Paul K. Haeder

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