Friday, January 27, 2006

Revelations in the 9/11 oral histories

Following a Freedom of Information Act request, "12,000 pages of oral histories rendered in the voices of 503 firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians, were made public," and published by the New York Times. The oral histories include testimony such as:

Firefighter Richard Banaciski: "[T]here was just an explosion [in the south tower]. It seemed like on television [when] they blow up these buildings. It seemed like it was going all the way around like a belt, all these explosions."

Assistant Fire Commissioner Stephen Gregory: "I saw a flash flash flash [at] the lower level of the building. You know like when they demolish a building?"

Paramedic Daniel Rivera: "[I]t was [like a] professional demolition where they set the charges on certain floors and then you hear 'Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop'."

Dr. David Ray Griffin examines these oral histories, and other less widely known reports, in an article published by the He asks, "why did we have to wait for this court-ordered release to learn about these testimonies? Should not they have been discussed in "The 9/11 Commission Report," which was issued over a year earlier?"

Dr. Griffin is the author of "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions." He alleges there are over 100 lies in the The 9/11 Commission Report.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Judge orders U.S. to give up pre-9/11 documents

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema has ordered government lawyers to give defense lawyers documents describing what the government knew about the 9/11 conspiracy prior to September 11, 2001.

Lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged by the U.S. in the 9/11 conspiracy, allege that the government knew more about the conspiracy than did the defendant.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

FOIA request for videotapes of 9/11 Pentagon crash stalled

The U.S. Department of Justice has yet to respond to an October 24, 2005 appeal, filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), for 85 videotapes of the September 11, 2001 crash of Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

The existence of the videotapes “in the possession of the FBI [was] described in the declaration of Special Agent (“SA”) Jacqueline Maguire dated September 7, 2005, in the lawsuit captioned Bingham v. United States Department of Justice,” according to Scott A. Hodes, Attorney at Law.

Agent Maguire states that one videotape from a Pentagon security camera shows Flight 77 hitting the Pentagon. This videotape would be used as evidence in the case U.S. v. Zacarias Moussaoui.

The original FOIA Request No. 1030438-000 to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, filed on behalf of Scott Bingham, was denied on October 20, 2005.

Many still question what really happened at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. These videotapes may answer their questions.