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Letters from the Palo Alto Weekly

A compilation of articles and letters that preceded and followed a rally and march on Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's Office last August to protest the 9-11 Cover-Up and H.R.4104- The Intelligence Transformation Act which she co-sponsored.
Full Page San Francisco Bay Guardian Ad- Blow the Whistle on the 9-11 Cover-Up!
Full Page San Francisco Bay Guardian Ad- Blow the Whistle on the 9-11 Cover-Up!
Why do we rally and protest? To raise public awareness on critical issues, generally issues that the press has failed to critically examine. 9-11 has been one of the most censored issues of our times- for those who have tried to question the official narrative. In order to get the basic facts into the press, we placed two full page ads in the San Francisco Bay Guardian (see the attached pdfs, or you can view them at-  http://www.911truth.org/index.php?topic=resources ).

Here is the letter written to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo prior to the march (we expected some sort of public response from her, as usually when we march on her office, we have television crews/journalists in tow)...

August 19, 2004
Palo Alto, California
Open Letter to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo,
Co-Sponsor of H.R. 4104- The Intelligence Transformation Act

Dear Congresswoman Anna,

I was truly shocked to receive your e-mail notifying me of your Co-Sponsorship of H.R.4104. For years now, I have been sending you articles, books, videos, DVDs on the subject of 9-11. I've organized marches Demanding a Congressional Investigation of 9-11, Demanding Repeal of the PATRIOT Act, and Demanding Pre-Emptive Impeachment of the Bush cabal for-

#1) covering up 9-11 and
#2) threatening pre-emptive strikes against innocent countries (Afghanistan and Iraq).

My efforts seem to have fallen upon deaf ears. Or perhaps, you, like Senator Feinstein, already have all this information, but "have a different worldview," and "believe in Bush." I don't. He has lied too often.

At the San Francisco International Inquiry into 9-11 Phase One (which I organized) and at the Toronto Inquiry, enormous evidence suggested that 9-11 was an "inside job," a special operation designed to terrorize Americans, gather public support for imperial wars, pass legislation to crush dissent in the United States and throughout the world. The full page ad that we placed in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, captures the essence of an analysis that is shared by a Global 9-11 Truth Movement-

Blow the Whistle on the 9-11 Cover-Up!
No to The Global Police State!

9-11 is being used as a pretext for endless war abroad, to strip people of basic rights, to crush dissent, for the militarization of the US, as outlined by the think tank, Project for a New American Century, which stated "the process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event- like a New Pearl Harbor."(1)

The White House fought efforts to investigate 9-11. Appointed to damage control were the CIA, Senator Bob Graham, Congressman Porter Goss, and Henry Kissinger, who should have been investigated for their own role in 9-11.(Goss and Graham breakfasted with "the money man behind 9-11" on the morning of the attacks.) The 9-11 Commission failed to ask-

Why was the "money man behind 9-11," (who had $100,000 sent to Mohammed Atta- identified by the FBI as the lead pilot in the attacks), head of Pakistan's I.S.I (Inter-Services Intelligence Agency)., Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad, meeting with top U.S. officials from September 4th through September 13th?

Why did the Bush Administration seek Pakistan's 'cooperation' in the "war on terrorism," despite the fact that the ISI was financing and abetting the 9-11 terrorists? (It's like "asking Al Capone to help in going after organized crime.")

Why did the military fail to intercept the hijacked planes on September 11th, in violation of the most standard operating procedures?

Why did officials react in such a bizarre manner to news of the attack, with Bush, Rumsfeld, and Myers carrying on as if nothing unusual was occurring?

Why were the men most responsible for the military failure on 9-11 rewarded with promotions and increased budgets?

Al Qaeda is a joint creation of the CIA and Saudi Arabia through Pakistan's ISI; on the surface Al Qaeda is "the outside enemy" to justify military actions, beneath the surface Al Qaeda has been a CIA asset. (So was Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein)(2) The architects of the PATRIOT Acts, Homeland Security, and the Global Police State legislation (H.R. 4104- The Intelligence Transformation Act) are writing the ever-changing 9-11 Cover-Up narrative.

Cheney believes "it's not necessary to suppress the truth forever, only until it doesn't matter anymore."

The Truth matters now. It is time to rein in our government, to expose its lies, criminal activities, its attacks upon basics rights. It is time to blow the whistle!

We have marched on our representatives. We have marched to prevent illegal, immoral, wars, to demand an investigation of 9-11, the repeal of the PATRIOT Act, to Impeach the Terrorists, occupying the White House. It is time to march again. Support the Whistleblowers! Dissent is NOT Terrorism! Repression is NOT Security!

No to the Global Police State! NO to torture and fear. NO to empires, illegitimate governments, and stolen elections. NO to state-sponsored terrorism. NO to military madness. NO to the criminalization of dissent, the Patriot Act, the imprisonment of people of color, and the racist system that divides us all.

YES to a world where all people can live with dignity, respect, and freedom. YES to real democracy that goes beyond voting. YES to a World of True Security. YES to- Courage NOT Fear, Truth NOT Lies, Peace NOT War, Love NOT Hate, Democracy NOT Empire!

During the Republican National Convention, people opposing the RNC agenda are encouraged to blow the whistle on the hour and half hour, in non-violent solidarity with those marching, standing up, speaking out, blowing the whistle on the big criminals, to challenge the Lies, the 9-11 Cover-Up, the Police State, the Crimes, the War without End. Please join us.

(1)The New Pearl Harbor- Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11, David Ray Griffin
(2) War and Globalization, Michel Chossudovsky www.globalresearh.ca


Admiral Kimmel's grandson spoke at the Citizen's International Inquiry into 9-11 in Toronto. His grandfather took the blame for "Pearl Harbor," despite the fact that Washington DC, the Phillipines, knew about the impending attacks, and his grandfather was not warned. Indeed, FDR asked for an eight point plan, to provoke Japan into attacking, to gain public support for entering World War II. That plan was carried out, although for decades the truth was buried.

After World War II, the CIA came into being; it's stated purpose was "To prevent another Pearl Harbor." However any critical examination of the CIA's covert operations over the past fifty years reveals that the CIA's main purpose has not been to safeguard American lives or territory. The CIA has a very dark history of waging terrorist attacks upon other nations, overthrowing democratically elected leaders, rigging elections, serving large corporate interests over the interests of native populations.

When the White House refers to "National Security Interests," whose interests are they referring to? The corporate interests of Enron, oil companies, banks, other large multinational corporations, or the health and well being of ordinary people? The CIA has helped innumerable countries identify and liquidate thousands of dissidents. The CIA has done more to sow distrust, enmity and hatred of the United States, than any other organization (with the possible exception of the US military). A larger, more powerful, CIA is more likely to cause, create, fund, instigate more terrorist attacks outside and within the US, to serve the interests of multinational corporations, who benefit from a war economy. Already the "Counter-Terrorism" FBI and other government Agency task forces are targeting Peace groups and non-violent protesters who pose absolutely no threat to the country, but a political threat to those in power.

The assault upon our Constitution and Bill of Rights is coming from the White House, the Justice Department, and the head of the House Intelligence-Oversight Committee, Congressman Porter Goss, who was behind much of PATRIOT Act I and PATRIOT Act II, and H.R.4104- The Intelligence Transformation Act; Goss was also nominated to head the CIA. Yet, Goss is clearly part of the 9-11 Cover-Up, damage control effort by the White House. There has still been no explanation offered as to why on the morning of September 11th, Goss and Senate Intelligence Oversight Committee Chair, Bob Graham were breakfasting with the Head of Pakistan's ISI, Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad, who had $100,000 wired to Mohammed Atta, whom the FBI identified as the lead pilot in the attacks. Goss should be seriously questioned for his own role in 9-11.

Why, Congresswoman Eshoo, have those most responsible for the success of the attacks on September 11th been rewarded with promotions and budget increases?

I noticed that it was also Goss who had legislation passed to get Congress to swear to secrecy regarding their briefings by the CIA. Is this why Congress, in general, was so silent when questioned about 9-11? On September 11th, National Public Radio (NPR) was presenting live coverage of the attacks on its show Morning Edition. David Welna, NPR's Congressional correspondent—who was in the Capitol building as it was being evacuated, stated- "I spoke with Congressman Ike Skelton—a Democrat from Missouri and a member of the Armed Services Committee—who said that just recently the Director of the CIA warned that there could be an attack—an imminent attack—on the United States of this nature. So this is not entirely unexpected."

It makes no sense for Congress to rush through sweeping legislation reorganizing the Intelligence Agencies, "to prevent another 9-11" based on a Whitewash Commission's recommendations, authored by the same group that engineered 9-11. It only makes sense, if Congress wants to aid and abet a Cover-Up quickly before the public has a chance to organize resistance to a tyrannical government, capable of murdering their own citizens, and attacking other countries, in a quest for greater power and global dominance.

The 9-11 Commission failed to answer 90% of the victims' families' questions. We still do not know the truth about what happened about 9-11, but we can see that the government is lying, has destroyed evidence, and is continuing to cover-up the truth.

Who was in charge of coordinating the multiple War Games on September 11th? Why did Brigadier General Winfield, Deputy Director for Operations at the National Military Command Center, ask a junior officer, Navy Captain Charles J. Leidig, Jr., on September 10th, to stand his watch on September 11th from 8:30- 10:30 AM, and where did he go during that time, when by 8:30AM it was clear that planes had been hijacked?

I demand that the questions we published in the ad, and this latest question, be seriously addressed and answered publicly, before Congress, and the American people, are asked to approve of sweeping legislation that would grant more power to a highly dubious entity which historically has specialized in overthrowing democracies, installing corrupt dictators, terrorizing and torturing civilians.

I believe Porter Goss should be investigated thoroughly for his own role in 9-11, and not elevated to a position where he could effectively destroy all evidence, and witnesses, that challenge the official narrative of events of 9-11.

We will be marching on your office on August 25th at 1:00PM, and expecting a public response to the questions we have raised, our opposition to the 9-11 Cover-Up, and H.R. 4104.

Sincerely,
Carol Brouillet
650-857-0927

When we marched on her office, her staff said that she had no response to the letter or our march.

She did write me a letter on August 27th-

August 27,2004

Dear Ms. Brouillet,

Thank you for coming to the Palo Alto office on August 25th to express your views on the 9-11 Commission and its report. I always welcome the perspectives and ideas of my constituents and I take them seriously.

I do take issue with your complaint that I haven't been responsive to you. For almost twelve years I'm proud of the fact that I've responded to each and every inquiry from my constituents throughout the 14th Congressional District in a timely manner, and never doing 'canned' mail.

What is particularly surprising to me about your complaint is that this letter is the 119th correspondence you have received from me over the years.

On the issue of what you believe about the events of September 11th, 2001, I respectfully disagree. I do not believe that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were orchestrated by the U.S. government or Congressman Porter Goss. I visited the wreckage at the Pentagon myself within hours of the attack and I can personally confirm that it was an aircraft, not a cruise missile that hit the building, killing and wounding so many.

On the issue of the 9-11 Commission, I think the Commission provided an invaluable service to our nation. Their bipartisan, unanimous report on the investigation of the attack on our country is thorough, identifies failures and recommends necessary reforms. The American people have been served well by the Commission, which never have happened were it not for the families of the victims of September 11th.

I'm a co-sponsor of H.R. 4104 the Intelligence Transformation Act of 2004, because the tragic failures of 9-11 which the Commission exposed must be the basis for concrete reforms to help ensure that such disasters are averted in the future. A Director of National Intelligence with real budget authority over the intelligence community will bring accountability from one person to the intelligence community. It's a good bill and I welcome other reform ideas as well.

I appreciate hearing from you and ask that you continue to inform me on issues you care about.

Sincerely,

Anna G. Eshoo Member of Congress

My response-

August 30, 2004

Dear Congresswoman Eshoo,

I appreciate your response to my August 25th Rally/March on your office, with the media at my back, although I had hoped you would have responded sooner, since your staff knew we would be visitng your office that day.

I have visited your office with the press and marches behind me on other occasions, since I have been demonstrating, publicly, weekly, in Downtown Palo Alto, for almost three years; I have made a point of visiting your office regularly to bring you information, books, videos, invitations to your staff to attend the educational events we have organized over the years. I have also been trying to meet with you for over two years without success. There has been no acknowledgement of the materials, information, I have given you during this time, nor have you responded in a significant way to the questions we have raised nor our demands.

I do acknowledge that I do get emails and letters from you on a variety of issues, and it was an email from you on the issue that most concerns me which prompted me to organize the most recent rally and march on your office.

You wrote: "I do not believe that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were orchestrated by the U.S. government or Porter Goss. I visited the wreckage myself within hours of the attack and I can personally confirm that it was an aircraft, not a missile that hit the building, killing and wounding so many."

But you did not answer these questions that I have been trying to raise for three years-

Why was the "money man behind 9-11," (who had $100,000 sent to Mohammed Atta- identified by the FBI as the lead pilot in the attacks), head of Pakistan's I.S.I (Inter-Services Intelligence Agency)., Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad, meeting with top U.S. officials from September 4th through September 13th? (Porter Goss and Bob Graham met with Ahmad on the morning of September 11th and headed the official 9-11 Inquiry)

Why did the Bush Administration seek Pakistan's 'cooperation' in the "war on terrorism," despite the fact that the ISI was financing and abetting the 9-11 terrorists? (It's like "asking Al Capone to help in going after organized crime.")

Why did the military fail to intercept the hijacked planes on September 11th, in violation of the most standard operating procedures?

Why did officials react in such a bizarre manner to news of the attack, with Bush, Rumsfeld, and Myers carrying on as if nothing unusual was occurring?

Why were the men most responsible for the military failure on 9-11 rewarded with promotions and increased budgets?

Who was in charge of coordinating the multiple War Games on September 11th? Why did Brigadier General Winfield, Deputy Director for Operations at the National Military Command Center, ask a junior officer, Navy Captain Charles J. Leidig, Jr., on September 10th, to stand his watch on September 11th from 8:30- 10:30 AM, and where did he go during that time, when by 8:30AM it was clear that planes had been hijacked?

These are very specific questions neither you nor the 9-11 Inquiry nor the 9-11 Commission addressed fully. If you will recall, Bush and Cheney wanted to limit the investigation and the parameters were very narrow- they simply assume the official narrative is true, without substantiating it with solid evidence; they conveniently omit, mislead, manipulate the story to justify the abominable PATRIOT Act, Homeland Security, the proposed changes in the military/intelligence agencies which will increase the secrecy, unaccountability of government, while allowing them to spy on everyone and take drastic, deadly actions against anyone they choose to label "a threat."

I am not alone in my concerns. Today a Zogby Poll revealed that "On the eve of the Republican National Convention, half (50%) of New York City residents and 41% of New York citizens overall say that some US leaders "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act.". The poll of New York residents was conducted from Tuesday August 24 through Thursday August 26, 2004. Overall results have a margin of sampling error of +/-3.5.

The poll is the first of its kind conducted in America that surveys attitudes regarding US government complicity in the 9/11 tragedy. Despite the acute legal and political implications of this accusation, nearly 30% of registered Republicans and over 38% of those who described themselves as "very conservative" supported the claim.

Less than two in four (36%) believe that the 9/11 Commission had "answered all the important questions about what actually happened on September 11th," and two in three (66%) New Yorkers (and 56.2% overall) called for another full investigation of the "still unanswered questions" by Congress or Elliot Spitzer, New York's Attorney General. Self-identified "very liberal" New Yorkers supported a new inquiry by a margin of three to one, but so did half (53%) of "very conservative" citizens across the state.

I am not a Zogby employee, but I have been questioning the public about 9-11 in Downtown Palo Alto for three years at my weekly "Listening Project," and I have found great support amongst the public for my work, and the questions that we raised when we first marched Demanding a Congressional Investigation of 9-11 in January 2002..

You wrote: "On the issue of the 9-11 Commission, I think the Commission provided an invaluable service to our nation. Their bipartisan, unanimous report on the investigation of the attacks on our country is thorough, identifies failures and recommends necessary reforms. The American people have been served well by the Commission, which would never have happened were it not for the families of the victims of September 11th."

I and others disagree, and feel that this is the worst whitewash/cover-up in American history. The 9-11 Omissions Dossier- A Compendium of Unanswered Questions, Neglected Issues, Distortions and Discrepancies from the Kean Commission Report will be presented at public hearings in New York City on Sept. 9, 2004 and at a Town Hall Meeting at the Manhattan Center Ballroom on Sept. 11, 2004 (see  http://www.911truth.org/dossier/dossier0.html for the latest beta version). A copy of the rough draft was presented to your office prior to our march.

You wrote: I'm a co-sponsor of H.R. 4104, the Intelligence Transformation Act of 2004, because the tragic failures of 9-11 which the Commission exposed must be the basis for concrete reforms to help ensure that such disasters are averted in the future. A Director of National Intelligence with real budgetary authority over the intelligence community will bring accountability from one person to the intelligence community. It's a good bill and I welcome other reform ideas as well."

I believe that the Project for a New American Century was quite explicit in stating that, they believed that-

"America has a vital role in maintaining peace and security in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future;

we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;

we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;

we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.

... "Further, the process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a New Pearl Harbor."

The military "transformation" that PNAC called for required a "9-11," in order to pass the PATRIOT Act, Homeland Security, and your Intelligence Transformation Act.

I ask you- Does this really serve the interests of the American people? Or does this serve a corporate elite that profit from wars, and securing the world's resources for the benefit of multinational corporations?

I truly believe that if the United States wanted to stop terrorism, it could, overnight, and save money, as well- just by stopping to fund terrorists, closing the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (School of the Americas) where, for decades, the worst abusers of human rights have been taught how to torture and terrorize people. The US is the world's #1 bully that uses force, terror, sanctions to force other nations to concede to its will.

When I ask the public what they think/feel about the attacks on September 11, 2004, and how we might defuse terrorism, and how we can create a safer, better world for our children, and all children; I get some excellent responses. Most people believe that violence begets violence. The simplest thing the US could do to achieve true security for itself, and the world, would be to stop bullying and threatening the world with violence, and begin treating other countries with respect.

That means we should not bomb, invade, terrorize other nations; we should not interfere with their governance through covert or overt means. We should not aid and abet multinational corporations to steal their resources, and exploit their people. We should honor and respect the rights of all people, and honor and respect the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, not trash them or allow them to be trashed, as Hitler trashed democracy in Germany in the wake of the Reichstag Fire- when he forced The Enabling Act (a mirror to the PATRIOT Act) upon Germany. That is the greatest historical parallel to our own time.

Do you realize that Prescott Bush, the current President's grandfather, was convicted under the Trading with the Enemy's Act, and was a major financier of Hitler? The Nazis were not defeated; they moved to the US and were absorbed into the CIA. Their dream/nightmare of global domination is being carried forward by those who seek to "transform" our "Republic" into an "Empire."

Goss has already introduced legislation that expands the CIA's ability to act within the US, and Bush has via Executive Order (the day after our march) increased the power of the CIA director. I am concerned that in order to maintain power, another "9-11" might be orchestrated; the "façade of democracy" cast aside in favor of blunt military rule. I am concerned out of my own love of life, for my children, for my family, for my friends, for my country, for my world.

I believe our greatest hope lies in getting out the truth about September 11th, holding the real culprits responsible. I believe that means asking and answering the hard questions; I believe that means impeachment. You are my Congressional Representative; I would hope that you would be our ally in the struggle for truth, justice and peace.

I will do all I can to oppose H.R.4104 which I term "the Global Police State" Legislation. I know how the CIA has assisted dictatorships throughout the world to assassinate, terrorize, crush dissent, and I don't want them to be unleashed upon those of us in the US who challenge government or corporate policies. The PATRIOT Act has already allowed anyone to be labeled a "terrorist," and the "Counter-Terrorism" task forces aren't after "Al-Qaeda;" they are going after "Peace Fresno" and other non-violent peace activists.

Sincerely,
Carol Brouillet
Organizer of the San Francisco International Inquiry into 9-11, Phase One  http://www.911inquiry.org


Then an article appeared in the Palo Alto Weekly about our rally/march-

Wednesday, September 01, 2004


Conspiracy theorists
by Don Kazak

"This is the stupidest thing you could do," the man said.

He was frowning, looking at the collection of books and leaflets Carol Brouillet sets up every Wednesday in Lytton Plaza in downtown Palo Alto.

"I disagree," Brouillet said, smiling in the face of his disapproval. The Palo Alto mom and Scout leader has come to believe there was a conspiracy behind the 9-11 attacks and the U.S. government was somehow involved. There is a growing cottage industry of 9-11 conspiracy theorists, with many books being written and a few films being made.

Some theories seem far-fetched, to put it mildly. But Brouillet will talk willingly and at length about them. She helped produce a conspiracy-theme comedy event in Palo Alto and San Francisco last February and even took her efforts on the road to Toronto in April.

Brouillet does get a lot of smiles for the anti-Bush sentiment that's part of her spiel. Conspiracies or not, some people love to hate President George W. Bush these days.

Brouillet isn't a one-woman show anymore, as she has been mostly for the last three years of her Wednesday efforts.

She now has a posse -- more than a dozen were on hand last week for what started out as a typical Brouillet effort of passing out leaflets, selling bumper stickers and buttons and talking to passersby. Some people are curious, and most seem supportive of her efforts.

The 9-11 Commission report is a bestseller, but it didn't answer many of the questions being raised by critics, including who financed the hijackings, Brouillet said, .

And Michael Moore's movie, "Farenheit 9/11," is fueling criticism of the Bush administration over the invasion of Iraq. "With Farenheit 9/11, people realize the government has been lying to them about Iraq," Brouillet said. "But how far does it go? Does it include 9-11?"

"I admire her," said Rudy Posch, a retired teacher from Los Altos . "It's amazing she can be out here so much. It takes a lot of guts and dedication."

George Johnson is one of the regulars who show up on Wednesdays. Johnson served with the Navy in Vietnam and is part of a group, Veterans for Peace. He's also a budding singer.

"Your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore," he sang to the small crowd. "It's already overcrowded from your dirty little war." He was accompanied by Annie Pfagler strumming a guitar. With Annie's husband, Phil, they comprise Annie and the Vets. They have a CD, "Touch a Name on the Wall," referring to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The songs are anti-war, not about 9-11, but the 9-11 movement is gaining some traction within the peace movement. And anything anti-Bush seems to have a ready market this election season, at least in the Bay Area.

Johnson, who was a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War -- the group Sen. John Kerry was part of 30 years ago -- said Veterans for Peace has tripled in members in since 9-11 and the subsequent invasion of Iraq.

"I've been doing this stuff for 38 years," he said.

But last Wednesday's gathering had a broader purpose than just trying to win support of passersby. After two hours in Lytton Plaza, the little band started on a march around downtown, blowing whistles and chanting anti-Bushisms, startling the lunch crowd in restaurants who wondered what all the commotion was about.

They had a destination in mind, a purpose to their strides. They were heading Anna Eshoo's way.

Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has her congressional district office just two blocks south of Lytton Plaza, and that's where Brouillet steered the group.

They burst into Eshoo's small waiting area, filling it. Field Rep Charlie Pollak greeted them and asked them to sign in, which they all did. Pollak listened earnestly and took notes for Eshoo, who wasn't there.

Brouillet targeted Eshoo because she is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and co-sponsor of a bill reconstituting the CIA.

"I did write her and I expect some sort of response," Brouillet told the polite Pollak.

"I don't have a public response from her," Pollak said. "I'm sorry."

Later, an Eshoo staff member told me Eshoo has written to Brouillet 118 times in recent years in response to her queries.

"Yeah, but mostly form letters," Brouillet said.

Weekly Senior Staff Writer Don Kazak can be e-mailed at  dkazak@paweekly.com.

I was rather unhappy with the article and fired off a 700 word response, then spoke with the editor who granted me a 350 word rebuttal-

9-11 questions

Don Kazak just labeled me a "conspiracy theorist" for my efforts to question our government about the events of 9-11 (Weekly, Sept. 1).
We demanded a Congressional Investigation of 9-11. Bush and Cheney asked for a limited "inquiry" overseen by the CIA, Senator Bob Graham and Congressman Porter Goss.

Graham and Goss breakfasted on Sept. 11 with "the money man behind 9-11," (Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad, head of Pakistani's ISI, who had $100,000 wired to Mohammed Atta, identified by the FBI as the lead hijacker in the attacks). Kissinger was chosen to head the 9-11 "Cover-Up" Commission.

The administration lied about 9-11, destroyed evidence and used 9-11 to justify wars, attack our Constitution and rights.

I organized the San Francisco International Inquiry into 9-11, helped with the Toronto Inquiry and am part of a global movement.

A Zogby poll found half (49.3 percent) of New York City residents and 41 percent of New York citizens say some leaders "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around Sept. 11 and consciously failed to act."

Our questions:

1) Why was the "money man behind 9-11" meeting with officials from Sept. 4 through Sept. 13?

2) Why did the administration seek Pakistan's "cooperation" in the "war on terrorism" when the ISI was financing and abetting the 9-11 terrorists?

3) Why did the military fail to intercept the hijacked planes on Sept. 11, in violation of standard operating procedures?

4) Why did Bush, Rumsfeld and Myers react so bizarrely to news of the attack, carrying on as if nothing unusual was occurring?

5) Why were those responsible for the military failure on 9-11 rewarded with promotions and increased budgets?

We marched against "The Global Police State" -- H.R. 4104, The Intelligence Transformation Act, co-sponsored by Eshoo. Mirroring the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, this legislation, which may combine the worst aspects of the SS, KGB and CIA, is being rushed through Congress.

The Project for a New American Century (neo-cons occupying office) stated their desire for imperial world hegemony and said, "The process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor."

The evidence screams "inside job."

Our Wednesday march was small, but the New York march was enormous. The movement for truth, peace and justice is growing.

Carol Brouillet
Verdosa Drive, Palo Alto

This sparked a number of 9-11 Letters-

9-11 observations
Cut the innuendo

Editor,

I strongly object to Don Kazak's article (Weekly, Sept. 1) titled "Conspiracy theorists." Kazak's article is a perfect example of the kind of journalism that's in vogue in this country -- all innuendo, no substance.

It's clear that Kazak believes the government's "official story" about 9-11, that Muslim fundamentalists, orchestrated by bin Laden, hijacked four planes with box-cutters, avoided the air defenses and flew the planes into the World Trade Center (WTC) and Pentagon.

While Kazak has a right to believe whatever far-fetched conspiracy theory he wants, as a journalist he has an obligation to be balanced in reporting the news.

Is it news that a growing number of people don't believe the government's "official story" about 9-11? You bet it is.

Is it news that the government's "official story" requires you to believe -- as it did with the "magic bullet" in the Kennedy assassination -- that the laws of physics were suspended? You bet it is.

Is it news that there's photographic evidence that the Pentagon was struck by a missile or Predator drone on 9-11, not flight 77? You bet it is.

Is it news that the 9-11 report was such a whitewash that it failed to mention: The FBI agents who were told to stop investigating the Saudis in flight schools; Building 7, the other skyscraper that fell that day; and Marvin Bush, the brother of George, who ran a company that managed security for the WTC, United and Dulles -- all of which were involved in 9-11? You bet it is.

Instead of writing a substantive piece about the unanswered questions surrounding 9-11, Kazak was content to write a fluff piece about Carol Brouillet and her "posse" of "conspiracy theorists." I challenge Mr. Kazak to a 9-11 debate. It's time to cut the innuendo and get down to the facts of the matter.

Dennis "Galen" Mitrzyk
Maclane Street
Palo Alto

Cheney's threat

Editor,

Playing at lying about your opponents is one thing, but to tell the American public that if we don't vote for the Bush ticket, we might die, is way out of line.

Or is Vice President Cheney admitting that the Bush folks really had something to do with hiring the Saudis on the 9-11 attack? Was this the "Pearl Harbor" that the Bush administration needed to start the attack against American freedoms and go after the Iraq oil fields?

Mr. Cheney -- the American public is not going to buy that if we vote you and Bush out, a Kerry presidency is going to bring on another attack.

Or do you have another surprise for us?

Donnasue Jacobi
Haight Street
Menlo Park

9-11 observations

Editor,

I read Dennis Mitrzyk's response (Weekly, Sept. 15) to Don Kazak's column (Sept. 1). People can believe whatever "theories" they want to believe about the Kennedy assassinations or 9-11, but there are now airport security video tapes showing two of the 19 hijackers going through "security."

Additionally, there are people in Washington, D.C. who saw the low-flying plane before it hit the Pentagon. If we are to believe the "missile theory," why was a missile fired? And where did it come from?

As someone who covered the Pentagon and now covers homeland security, I can attest that there were no missile batteries around the Pentagon on or before 9-11. Those who believe the president was responsible for killing more than 3,000 Americans are wrong. I am not a Bush supporter, but I find it highly unlikely that any U.S. president would order such an attack on his own country.

His 2000 election may be questionable, but he didn't order the 9-11 attack.

How were the laws of physics suspended in the Pentagon attack? If a missile hit the building, how come no one has come forward with this information? The Pentagon is not in a remote part of Virginia but located near a major freeway and well in sight of numerous office buildings. What photographic evidence exists that shows a missile or Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle hitting the Pentagon?

I am sure both the Washington Post and New York Times would pay dearly for these pictures, not to mention the Kerry campaign. Mr. Mitrzyk also states that a growing number of people don't believe the government's version of 9-11.

I doubt there are many that would go along with that statement. While there are a significant number of people who do question the lack of effort the government made to stop a terrorist attack, that doesn't mean 9-11 was a government conspiracy.

These kinds of "theories" belong aside those still making their rounds in Muslim countries, that Israel was responsible for the Twin Towers attack. As that "theory" goes, that is why so many Jews stayed home on 9-11.

But as I said above, people can believe what they want. That's why the Flat Earth Society continues to exist.

Geoff S. Fein
Senior writer, Homeland Defense & Security Monitor
Washington D.C.

More on 9-11

Editor,

I write regarding the question of U.S. complicity in 9-11, the subject of recent writings by Don Kazak (Our Town, Sept. 1) and Carol Brouillet (ReaderWire, Sept. 10). Brouillet, representing a growing movement, is an activist who espouses U.S. complicity. Kazak evidently disagrees, labeling Brouillet a "conspiracy theorist" and calling some her arguments "far-fetched, to put it mildly."

When first presented with this possibility, my immediate reaction was like Kazak's. In researching it, however, I now have serious concerns that the U.S. may, in fact, have been involved. Looking back now, I realize I could only have arrived at this after studying, in detail, the arguments put forth by the best independent researchers of 9-11 for example, Michael Ruppert, Barrie Zwicker and Paul Thompson.

This is because the basis for complicity lies in an in-depth understanding of the events on 9-11 -- a level impossible to obtain solely through traditional explanations put forth by the government, major American media, as well as the recently concluded Independent Commission.

I urge the reader to research this question. Our government has curtailed our civil liberties and waged war in response to 9-11. All signs suggest that this will continue.

I would hate for us to look back on this years from now, only then realizing it was based on a lie.

Frank Freedman
De Rose Way
San Jose

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