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CSPAN denies coverage to 911 Press Conference today. CONTACT CSPAN!

Today, National Press Club, Washington DC, 2 - 5 pm. 911 Press Conference. CSPAN editors refuse to give coverage of this event! Contact CSPAN & request coverage. Contact info in details.
URGENT! Give a voice to those who died on 911. E-mail C-SPAN ( 1 ) & tell them to get airtime to this event ( 2 ). Thanks! Veronica

( 1 ) C-SPAN denies public TV access to 9-11 victims' families and 9-11 panel seeking answers and accountability.

**A public plea to citizens interested in fair and balanced media coverage -- please forward as appropriate**

Since mid-May, organizers of the 9-11 and the Public Safety press event, June 10th, at the National Press Club (NPC) in Washington, D.C, have been campaigning for media coverage. This past week, co-chair, Tom Flocco has solicited C-SPAN for coverage hoping for a live TV broadcast, or at minimum a taped and delayed broadcast.

C-SPANs web site says: "Certain events, like speeches at the NPC and news conferences by Congressional leaders, automatically receive coverage." The site also details pre-conditions that an event must meet to be selected for coverage:

1) The event should be of a public affairs nature.
2) The subject should be an issue of national importance.
3) Event should be selected to show balance between different sides of a particular issue.
4) Speakers participating should be closely related to the topic under discussion.

Initial reaction was positive; "this is very interesting, something we want to consider" said Rob Harleston, Assignment Editor, a sentiment echoed by Karen Gaither, another assignment editor. They requested that we keep them updated on any new developments and confirmations.

Friday was D-Day. The editorial/camera shoot committee met Friday afternoon after a few last minute calls to Tom requesting updates as to panelists and other media coverage, still expressing enthusiasm. Tom and co-chair Kyle F. Hence expeditiously dispatched confirmation updates and a detailed minute by minute agenda and timeline of presentation -- clearly indicating that positive momentum and significant interest was building for the event.

We were particularly pleased that representatives from the group organizing the June 11th Rally on Capital Hill (Families of September 11th) were planning on attending our conference and offering their own questions to our 9/11 investigative panel.

We now felt the people and the press were eager to hear the unaddressed issues and unanswered questions to be raised at our Monday event. And we felt somewhat confident based on their expressed interest that they would at the very least tape the show for a later broadcast given our focus on key issues with regard to the pubic safety.

But we were wrong!

Tom called C-SPAN at 5:30 pm to inquire about their TV coverage decision. He learned they had decided NOT to cover Monday's Unanswered Questions press event. They have instead scheduled detailed coverage of Bush Administration officials (VP Cheney, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge) and others promoting President Bush's new plan to centralize major national and domestic security and border agencies under the auspices of one government official -- administration events all afternoon.

Tom offered this response to his contact Ms. Gaither. He said, "C-SPAN has fallen for the Administration's 'damage control' and their effort to keep the FBI whistleblowers and the real, unanswered questions totally off the radar screen." "We are standing by our decision to cover Bush Administration events," Ms. Gaithor said, adding "I could not persuade the other editors to cover your program."

C-SPAN's bias toward airing the Homeland Defense restructuring issue is part of an ongoing diversion and reticence to address gross government failures and negligence surrounding 9-11, without responding to the general public call for full accountability.


If you feel that the American people, and especially the family members who lost loved ones, deserve real answers, open investigations, and access to secret government documents; we are urging you to do the following:

1) Between 8AM and 2PM on Monday take a half hour to an hour to phone (most important), fax and email C-SPAN asking them why they are refusing any coverage or taping of such critically important subject matter. (If the phone is continually busy, that means others share your outrage and concern.)

2) Send an email and a fax if you have access to a fax machine. Please be courteous and concise in expressing your views.


C-SPAN's website says that their editorial staff strives for balance. Why are they ignoring a press event at the easily accessible and prestigious National Press Club -- one that will cover key questions and critical information thus far not addressed by our national leaders? These issues include air defense and airport security failures, profits from pre-attack insider trading, anthrax attacks, encroachment on guaranteed constitutional rights, and the withholding of secret document, etc.

C-SPAN is refusing any coverage or taping of the press event on these 9-11 issues even though two of the three C-SPAN channels became open with no required congressional programming since the House of Representatives is not even in session on Monday afternoon.

Please urge C-SPAN to reconsider their decision and send a team to videotape the conference to be sure that substantive 9/11 issues, new information important questions are fully addressed that help build a case for a full and independent investigation.


Main number: 202-737-3220
Assignment editor: 202-626-7965 (Rob Harleston)
Assignment editor: 202-626-7965 (Ellen Schweiger)
Fax number: 202-737-6226
Viewer services: 765-464-3080
 dceditor@c-span.org (Rob Harleston, Assignment Editor)
 congress@c-span.org (Karen Gaither, Assignment Editor)
 journal@c-span.org (producers of Washington Journal, shown daily)
 events@c-span.org (C-SPAN established venue to suggest a public event - polling email address)
 radio@c-span.org (C-SPAN radio)

 dceditor@c-span.org  congress@c-span.org  journal@c-span.org  viewer@c-span.org  events@c-span.org  radio@c-span.org

We are disappointed that C-SPAN has chosen not to cover unanswered questions, un-addressed issues, and hidden information pertinent to public safety and national security. However, we are hoping that the response of many Americans willing to phone, fax and email C-SPAN will convince them to reconsider their position and cover our event so many others will have the benefit of evaluating previously un-addressed issues.

The goal of our event is to raise glaringly obvious and disturbing questions that remain unanswered in the wake of 9/11. In its prejudiced decision not to cover this important event, C-SPAN is in effect taking our money (taxpayer cable-funded fees) and using it against us to deny public access to legitimate and credible inquiry regarding issues of paramount importance to the public safety and national security. If we should fail in our attempt to have C-SPAN reconsider, we will call on concerned citizens and victim families to take the initiative to research civil procedure regarding C-Span's actions. While UnansweredQuestions can play a minor role in this effort, it will remain true to its primary goal of galvanizing the public's call for answers and full accountability with regard to the events and issues surrounding September 11th.


Look for audio archive and transcript at our site (www.unansweredquestions.org) by the end of the week.

Thank you for your interest and support,


Tom Flocco:  tomflocco@cs.com
Kyle F. Hence:  kylehence@earthlink.net
Catherine Austin Fitts:  catherine@solari.com
 tomflocco@cs.com  kylehence@earthlink.net  catherine@solari.com


( 2 ) This is the event C-SPAN needs to cover.
Press Release June 4, 2002
Contact: Kyle F. Hence, 401-847-1963,  kylehence@earthlink.net

9-11 and the Public Safety: Seeking Answers and Accountability

To members of the press:

An international press conference and formal web site launch for UnansweredQuestions.org will be held on Monday, June 10th from 2-5 PM at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The goal of this unprecedented press event and public inquiry is to pose pointed, as yet unanswered, questions regarding the failure of our national security infrastructure, and the response that has sacrificed civil liberties and rewarded failure as opposed to ensuring performance and guaranteeing freedoms, now and in the future.

UnansweredQuestions.org is being launched by an independent, non-partisan network of citizens concerned about the growing number of issues surrounding September 11th that have yet to be addressed or resolved; and their related public safety and Constitutional implications. Invited panelists will offer statements, present well-documented research, and ask incisive questions relative to these issues while addressing how citizens can act now to ensure accountability from those in government directly responsible for public safety and upholding the Constitution.

The conference will be moderated by Catherine Austin Fitts, President of Solari and former Assistant Secretary of Housing during the 1st Bush administration.

Confirmed participants include:

Mary Schiavo, Esq., lawyer for 32 passengers' families from all 9/11 hijacked planes, former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation ('90-'96) and author of Flying Safe, Flying Blind. Ms. Schiavo will speak to FAA accountability and Airline safety.

Lorna Brett, Director of Media Relations, Nolan Law Group, representing 9/11 families on United Airlines hijacked planes. (issue focus TBA)

Julie Sweeney, wife of Brian Sweeney, killed on United Airlines flight 175 into South WTC tower Julie will present her case for a full and open investigation.

Ryan Amundson, brother of Craig Amundson, killed at the Pentagon; co-founder of Peaceful Tomorrows.org. (issue focus TBA)

Derrill Bodley, also of Peaceful Tomorrows, lost his daughter Deora on Flight 93 (issue focus TBA)

Michael Ruppert, Editor of From the Wilderness Publications, investigative journalist; former Narcotics Officer, LAPD, will provide historical and geo-strategic context needed to understand US military, intelligence and corporate operations in the Caspian Sea Basin.

Jared Israel, investigative journalist, will speak to the failure of air defenses on 9/11.

Tom Flocco, investigative journalist, will discuss highly unusual insider trading in the trading days immediately proceeding September 11th.

Larry Klayman, (not confirmed), Chairman and Chief Counsel of Judicial Watch, will present issues surrounding FBI Whistleblowers who have come forth.

Peter Erlinder, Professor of Constitutional Law, William Mitchell College of Law will discuss Constitutional issues relative to the Patriot Act.

Dr. Steve Camarota, Director of Research; Center for Immigration Studies; will address "Immigration and Terrorism."

J. Michael Springmann, veteran of 20 years of Foreign Service, posted at the Saudi Embassy for two years. Based on his experience there he will speak to "the CIA and terrorism."

Members of Congress have been invited to participate in the third hour of the conference.

Organizers maintain that it is the role of informed active citizens to insist upon standards of performance from our public officials in regard to the events surrounding 9-11 and ongoing threats. Organizers are calling for a complete and public investigation of the failures of government agencies (FBI, CIA, INS, FAA) uncovered recently. This, they insist, requires a fuller disclosure of the circumstances surrounding each case in order to effectively address documented misappropriation (or lack of appropriation), incompetence, negligence and possible corruption. Doing so will ultimately foster an intelligence and national security apparatus that is effectively committed to the public safety and a government worthy of trust, operating within the bounds of the US Constitution, and fully accountable to the American people.

Members of radio, television and print press are invited to attend. There will be ample opportunity for questions and follow-up, and one-on-one interviews with the panelists directly following the event.

**Registration required for admittance**
Please contact Kyle F. Hence by Sunday, June 9th to register: 401-847-1963;  kylehence@earthlink.net

Media Notes: 1) please reply if interested in receiving updates relative to additionally confirmed panelists and television coverage by C-SPAN or other media and look to our site for updates later this week. 2) Please also look for audio and/or video archives of the event to be accessible at  http://www.unansweredquestions.org following the event.

National Press Club
Holeman Lounge
529 14th Street NW; [corner of 14th & F St.]
Washington, D.C.

24-Hour Events Line: 202-662-7595
Event Reservations: 202-662-7501

Attorneys for 9-11 victims families will speak as well as, former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation Mary Schiavo, Michael Ruppert of www.copvcia.com, investigative journalist Jared Israel, and Michael Springmann veteran of 20 years of foreign service, posted at the Saudi Embassy for two years, as well as several other authorities.
This IS news of national importance.

homepage: homepage: http://www.UnansweredQuestions.org

RE: Coverage by CSPAN...what if... 10.Jun.2002 22:48

Alice N Wonderland

What if...the same people that are holding this news conference had (and still could) hired a camera crew and filmed the event themselves and bought time on TV just like the Infomercial producers? Too expensive ? How about a couple of fundraising events to raise the money, (isn't that what the GOP would do?) I know it is grossly unfair that we should have to purchase the right to be heard, but it is one way to get around the censors. It's summer, and people love festivals and picnics etc., and it seems like people are turning out in droves to hear Ruppert and Mooore and others, why not bring it all together in a summer tour venue (how about the 2003 "Summer of Dissent" Tour for next year)? There are LOTS of way to get seen and heard, why not start planning more long term projects? And tell CSPAN, CNN, FOX, and the rest: "We do not want or need your coverage, or your network. This is a paid commercial broadcast, so go film youselves."