911 Inquiry Movement Growing
Civil Society's Greatest Setback
By Terry Burrows
Toronto, Canada

The greatest setback civil society suffered in 2001 was having to let the US government get clean away with the official cover story about what really happened on 911. Given the dreadful trauma and pain of the circumstances this was agonisingly unavoidable. But the consequence was the impossibility of stopping all the horrors that flowed out of it - the surprisingly well-prepared military aggression abroad and the suspiciously rapidly-legislated attacks on democratic rights at home.
The 911 event completely suppressed the surging anti-corporate globalisation movement which after Genoa (July 2001) was gaining real strength, and civil society activists have still to recover their momentum. But since the new year there are encouraging early signs of a growing comeback.
Beginning most importantly in America itself, increasing demands for answers to obvious questions about suspicious security and defense failures that allowed the 911 attacks to be carried out are now reaching political visibility. This is happening in spite of the corporate media's propaganda hammer-lock on promoting the official cover story and continuing to manipulate people within it.
911 Inquiry Movement Growing on Internet
One of the major internet media outlets allowing a forum for the development and dissemination of questioning discussion about what really happened on 911 has been, the web site of alternative radio talk show host Jeff Rense whose daily three hour program is heard by millions around the world. This site hosts a unique alternative news service which I thoroughly recommend you follow every day as I do, if for nothing else than to follow this important unfolding issue.
There are now many websites where the disturbing questions and demands for their answers are being aired. One which has come into prominence is that of longtime US CIA critic Michael Ruppert in Sherman Oaks, CA, As you can read at http://www.copvcia. com/stories/dec_2001/portland.html
1,000 Turn Out In Oregon to Hear Mike Ruppert Expose
Government Complicity in the WTC, Pentagon Attacks
"From The Wilderness, December 5, 2001 - On November 28th an estimated 1,000 people came from as far away as Seattle and San Francisco to Portland State University to see FTW Publisher/Editor Mike Ruppert give a 2-hour lecture and documentary presentation on the events surrounding the September 11th attacks and their aftermath. Starting with an offer of $1,000 to anyone who could show that any of the sources he cited were not authentic or misrepresented, Ruppert launched into a display of more than 40 visual exhibits showing government complicity in and foreknowledge of the attacks."
Another comprehensive analysis of major difficulties with the official explanation of the events of 911 (of many like it now available) entitled "Sept 11- Bush and Cheney Were Involved" can be found at h ttp://</ FONT>
Mike Ruppert Coming to Toronto and his Upcoming Local Radio Interview
Michael C. Ruppert is coming to Toronto under the auspices of a local private seminar company to present his material to our community on January 17th (6:00 - 10:00 pm) and January 19th, 2002 (1:00 - 5:00 pm) at the University of Toronto, Medical Sciences Building (Bldg. 5). Admission: $30.00; Students $15.00. (CALL 416.259.2829 or for more information). You can also hear Michael Ruppert on local Toronto radio before the seminar. He is scheduled on the NIGHTSIDE SHOW, hosted by Richard Syrett on CFRB AM 1010 at 11:30pm to 1:00 am ET- on Sunday night January 13 /2002. You can catch the webcast via the "Listen Live" link at
Other encouraging developments include as announced January 8/2002 on arch.htm
San Francisco March To Demand Congressional Inquiry Of 911
"Tuesday, January 8th, 2002, at noon at Justin Herman Plaza, people will gather to march up Market Street to the office of Senator Feinstein (at Post St.) where a delegation will meet with the Senator's staff to raise their concerns over the "War on Terrorism." They will demand that the Senate launch an inquiry or hearings of the events of 9-11, and the U.S. government's international and domestic response." A wonderfully encouraging report of this march and the presentations made to Senators Feinstein and Boxer's staff that day is available at 11.html which enumerates a comprehensive list of the questions the people demand to be answered about 911 and its aftermath at a top level official inquiry.
WTC Firefighter Heroes Call for 911 Investigation
Of particular interest in view of the San Francisco march is the recent (January 2002) publication in New York of an editorial in Fire Engineering Magazine entitled "Burning Questions...Need Answers": FE's Bill Manning Calls for Comprehensive Investigation of WTC Collapse
"Fair Lawn, NJ, January 4, 2002 - Bill Manning, Fire Engineering's editor in chief, is summoning members of the fire service to "A Call to Action." In his January 2002 Editor's Opinion, "$elling Out the Investigation" (below), he warns that unless there is a full-blown investigation by an independent panel established solely for that purpose, "the World Trade Center fire and collapse will amount to paper- and computer-generated hypotheticals." Manning explained: "Clearly, there are burning questions that need answers .... The lessons about the buildings' design and behavior in this extraordinary event must be learned and applied in the real world." "In an interview with the New York Daily News today Manning reiterated his call for a "full-throttle, fully resourced" investigation into the collapse of the World Trade Center. He is asking members of the fire service to read "WTC 'Investigation'? A Call to Action" in the January 2002 issue of Fire Engineering at and to contact their representatives in Congress and officials in Washington to ask that a blue ribbon panel be convened to thoroughly investigate the WTC collapse."
See also: "Firefighter Mag Raps 9/11 Probe," Friday January 04, 2002
Online Petition for 911 Investigation
Gathering Signatures Rapidly, Already #13
Started only recently and already number 13 in the top 25 petitions on (millions of signatures collected, thousands of active petitions), A Petition to the Senate to Investigate Oddities Involving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks at http://www.petitiono has (as of Jan.12/2002) 3200 total signatures which can be viewed at the link on the above page "The Undersigned". Signatures are accumulating at a rate of hundreds per day.
"We, the undersigned, do hereby petition the Senate of the United States of America to thoroughly investigate the events surrounding the acts of terrorism that transpired in the United States on September 11, 2001. Such an investigation would include research into the following peculiarities relating to the terrorist attacks on the United States on 9/11": (see the 12 major questions on the petition). Please go and sign this petition and add your voice to the call.
"Just Conspiracy Theories"?
A major resistance people have to examining these questions is that they are "just conspiracy theories." Also, because the implications of even asking them are so profoundly disturbing to our assumption of implicit trust between government and the governed, it is considered somehow unpatriotic to do so. But as famed US foreign policy and media analyst/critic Noam Chomsky has said, the phrase "conspiracy theories" is usually used as a weapon to discourage institutional analysis and the asking of awkward questions. But patriotism and democracy are not honoured by secrecy and deception.
It needs to be emphasised that what are being put here are questions, not accusations, questions which given the gravity of the matter are not only quite appropriate but urgent to ask and to demand satisfactory and verifiable answers. What would be truly unpatriotic would be to fail in our duty of citizenship by failing to ask them at all.
High Stakes
The stakes could not be higher. The 911 attacks were used by governments as a pretext to justify waging war against one of the poorest countries in the world, repressing every major civil liberty won since the Magna Carta, killing all opposition to multinational corporations - complete domination of the world and accelerating the global dictatorship of the New World Order. Yet no realistic questioning of how and why the horrific events of that awful day could have possibly happened has been publicly allowed for. Truth, democracy and truly honouring the disaster's victims demand that this change. If a proper investigation shows in any way that the pretext for the actions governments have taken since September 11 was not legitimate then all those actions can be challenged as being also illegitimate and justifiably demanded to be reversed and made reparation for.
As one editorial writer put it, "the least likely explanation of September 11 is the official one: that dozens of Islamic fundamentalists, many with known ties to Osama bin Laden, were able to carry out a wide-ranging conspiracy on three continents, targeting the most prominent symbols of American power, without any US intelligence agency having the slightest idea of what they were doing." (US planned War In Afghanistan Long Before September 11, Patrick Martin,, 11-20-01, .htm)
I encourage you to investigate the links given, listen to Michael Ruppert on CFRB AM 1010 Toronto 11:30 p.m. January 13/2002 either locally or on the web, attend his seminar in Toronto if you can or in some subsequent city and to support the growing international movement to demand a full inquiry at the highest democratic level into how and why the terrible events of 911 could possibly have been allowed to take place.
Go and sign the petition at http://www.petitiono and any other similar petition you can find or start yourself. Our democratic duty to honour the memory and sacrifice of our loved ones and fellow citizens of the world lost in this appalling tragedy requires of us nothing less.
Large Airplane Facts
From Raymond A. Hudson
Hello Mr. Rense:
I've followed the comments on the "remote control conspiracy" on your site. Let me say that Mr. David Foster is the most credible of all people who are commenting, at least with respect to the facts surrounding large commercial aircraft and the operation thereof.
I was on the autopilot design team for the MD-11 (a widebody aircraft that is a follow-on to the DC-10). During development there were many times I had to bring visitors into my development simulator and "give them a ride". In such a visit, I was routinely able to teach people how to use the autopilot to fly the airplane (that includes controlling speed, heading, altitude, and vertical speed) in no less than 10 minutes. Given another 20 minutes I could also teach them how to use the computerized navigation system (called the Flight Management System). If a terrorist never had to learn to take off or land an airplane, only use the autopilot in-flight, it would be a piece of cake to use the autopilot to fly the airplane into a building with no more than about 30 minutes of training.
Those are the facts.
Best regards,
Raymond A. Hudson
Flight Control Systems Design
Parker-Hannifin Corp.
Irvine, CA

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