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    The 9/11 Accountability Conference From My Perspective - Video Inside

    The 9/11 Accountability Conference From My Perspective



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    By Jon Gold
    2/26/2007

    Well, I'm back. Home safe and sound. As you may have read in my other blog, the conference started on shaky grounds, but the end result was phenomenal. So many good things took place, it will be hard for me to summarize all of them. I'm going to share with you the things I was privy to. I have no doubt you will be hearing from many more people about this conference.

    I spoke with Peter Garritano from Vermont in regards to the Ballot initiative. One of the important points about that initiative is that if it's passed, or gets enough signatures, it then can become a topic of discussion in Town Hall meetings across the state. Regardless of whether or not your elected officials act on it. As we learned through the Vermont initiative, it is also a way to get media attention. I hope that if you are in a state that has a ballot initiative, you do everything within your power to make it happen.

    Bob McIlvaine, who lost his son Bobby on 9/11, attended this conference, and it was a pleasure to see him. He is a good, good man, and listening to him speak, and listening to him share his strength, motivates me to do more. I was also privileged to meet Michele Little. Michele was one of the three family members that called for a new investigation at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., 9/11/2006. She lost her brother David, who was a firefighter. She is also an amazing individual, and I am so happy that I got to meet her. Both of them gave a memorial presentation on Saturday morning to start off the conference. It was extremely emotional for me. I just couldn't stop crying. I spoke with both of them about reaching out to the family members that share our concerns. To hopefully have more of them come forward. Mr. McIlvaine is going to contact Bill Doyle to see if any of the family members that he represents are willing to come forward. You may remember that Bill Doyle represents a lot of family members, and he has said that about half of them think as we do. Radical Pragmatist and I were brainstorming about having an event just for the family members to speak. We would like to invite Dennis Kucinich, and Ron Paul to attend. Hopefully this will happen.

    I heard someone mention something referred to as a "Special Order". I don't quite understand it, but apparently we can ask someone like Dennis Kucinich to introduce a "Special Order" on the floor of the House, which can be about requesting a new investigation, and he has to do it. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable than me about this topic will post something in this blog.

    Eating times were exciting for me. I got to eat with people such as Jack Blood, Ian Woods, Bob McIlvaine, Peter Dale Scott, Michele Little, Sander Hicks, Mrs. Wallace and Jimmy, and many other people within the movement.

    I learned a lot this weekend about the scientific aspects regarding 9/11. Steven Jones, and Jim Fetzer's presentation was very educational for me. I attended because I wanted to see if there was anything "new", and also to see Prof. Jones get his chance to respond to certain allegations. As a result, I learned that elements found after a nuclear explosion were not present at Ground Zero. That puts the "Mini-Nukes hypothesis" to rest. I learned that certain pictures used to promote the "Exotic Weaponry hypothesis" do not tell the whole story, and other pictures are in existence that do, and contradict that "hypothesis". That puts the "Exotic Weaponry hypothesis" to rest. The one thing that went through my mind during that presentation was what is the motivation of the people that promote this dangerous information? If it has been "debunked" like it has, why do you continue to promote it? I don't have the answer to that question, but I certainly have my suspicions. Credibility behind our message, I believe, is everything.

    Michele Little wants to have a fund-raiser for first responders, and she wants me to help her. This could be very helpful for them because she is a family member that lost her firefighter brother. This will hopefully be good news for the first responders, and other people suffering.

    I want to say thank you to everyone that attended this conference, to everyone that helped to make it happen, and to everyone that allowed me to interview them. Yes, there were problems, but this cause is more important than any one individual, and any one mistake. We must keep pushing forward for truth and justice to prevail. We have A LOT of momentum right now, and we must use it to the best of our ability.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


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    I was absolutely terrified to get up on stage, and I did it twice. It's amazing how activism challenges you to do things you would never have done before.
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    Steven Jones is the best.

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    He's good people. I met his wife. She's a nice lady.
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    The Video Google version is up. FYI.
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    More 9/11 denier static over last Friday’s press conference…

    http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/?p=273

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    3/3/2007

    Hey, I love Kool-Aid. I just don’t wanna drink the 9/11 batch.I don’t want to start asserting that there’s a conspiracy on the part of the 9/11 conspiracy theorists to get me. You’ll figure I drank the Kool-Aid, or went native. Or maybe that they left the pod beside my bed! But this Friday, my editors were hit by a ton of letters from 9/11 kooks calling for my head. What they don’t understand is that my editors like getting letters, even negative ones. At the New Times, if you get mail, you’re doing your job.

    Anyway, one blown-out-of-proportion tale being repeated in the troofer camp is that I disrespected the father of a 9/11 victim at the Friday press conference on 2/23/07. The 9/11 father in question was one Bob McIlvaine, and I sympathize with his loss, as I would with anyone losing their son.

    However, as should be self-evident from viewing video of the Feb. 23 press conference, this was not really a press conference. First off, I was the only member of the “working media” present to borrow a phrase from panelist Jim Marrs. The other people who raised their hands when asked which actual journalists were present were: Don Harkins of the Idaho Observer, who, no offense, self-publishes; a videographer with his own Web site; and I think online radio host Meria Heller, who was actually one of the panelists giving the press conference.

    Most present in the audience were wearing plastic badges indicating that they were conference attendees. And one by one they rose to give little speeches about their movement, usually back-patting give-’em-hell speeches. Nothing wrong with that if you’re having a feel-good rally. But this was supposed to be a press conference. Still, each time I tried to ask a tough question, the crowd and the panelists responded with hostility. The people standing where I was standing kept tapping me on the shoulder, telling me to shut up, stuff like that. And at one point, I was briefly ejected before Philly attorney Phil Berg had me readmitted to the room.

    When Bob McIlvaine rose and started giving a little speech, receiving an initial round of applause as he identified himself, I piped up and asked, “Is this a rally or a press conference?” Like I said, I’m sorry for the guy’s loss, but if the organizers really wanted to have a press conference, then this was not the right time or place for his address. People were telling me who he was, that I should be ashamed, that I was a piece of shit (this last from the cue-ball-headed Jon Gold). And I told them I didn’t care. At that point, I didn’t, because I was so annoyed by what a sham the whole thing had become.

    (Gold9472: Wrong. I said, "Thanks for being here Bob", and then the applause happened. He was called a piece of shit after someone told him who Bob McIlvaine was, and he said, "Who cares?")

    After my inquiry, McIlvaine continued with his comments, so it’s not as if I prevented the guy from speaking. But the 9/11 troofers have now blown this up into some big incident where I should be fired or disciplined for showing “disrespect.” That’s rich, really rich considering that I was ejected from the room for asking inconvenient questions of Kent Knudson and others. If the majority of the crowd had had its way, that Friday media event would have been a non-press conference press conference. You know, the sort of press conference Stalin would’ve loved.

    To be fair, I know the organizers invited other media, but they didn’t show. And after I was removed and brought back, things got a tad more civil. As for the troofers hoping to have me fired, they don’t know who they’re dealing with. At the New Times, infamy earns you respect.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


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