Who Am I, And Why Am I A 9/11 Truther?
I see a lot speculation on the internet as to who I am, and why it is I do what I do. I've seen the idea that I work in a movie theater. I've seen the idea that I live in my mother's basement.
The truth is, I'm an American. My name is Jon Gold. I was born in Philadelphia in 1972. I am 36 years old. I'm a graphic designer and a web developer for a small company. I play the drums, I have a cat named after my Grandmother, I like comic books, I like music, I like movies, I like boating, I like eating out, I find things like Egypt (other ancient ruins), and history interesting, I live in an apartment, and I drive a reasonably nice car.
I was never political prior to 9/11. I had never even voted. After 9/11, I was glued to the TV set because I had to know what was going on. Unfortunately, I picked Fox News as my news source. I thought that the media would never lie. Not in this country, that's just unheard of. For a time, I had "right wing" thoughts. I remember going to a march in Washington D.C. in early 2003 making the argument that Saddam was a bad man, and we should take him out (a la Fox News). I thought that carpet bombing the Middle East was necessary. It wasn't until I saw over time that the Bush Administration was making it difficult to find out what happened that day, did I start to question things. I've mentioned a few things in the past. Cheney and Bush going to Tom Daschle and asking him to "limit the scope" of the investigation (depending on who you talk to, they may have asked him not to investigate the attacks at all). The release of the August 6th, PDB infuriated me. To think that Bush would have lied about any aspect of that day made me angry. The families rally in Washington D.C. I couldn't then, and I can't today understand why family members would have to fight for an investigation, and why someone like the President of the United States wouldn't want to know anything and everything about that horrible event so as to make sure it could never happen again.
Once I saw that the Bush Administration was covering up different aspects of 9/11, I started to read stories on sites like alternet.org, and truthout. I stumbled across an article called, "An Interesting Day" by Paul Thompson and Allan Wood. A good friend of mine and I went back and forth with regards to the information that was in that article, and neither of us could believe our eyes. I spent a good year and a half reading articles about things like the Iran Contra Affair, Daniel Pearl, and Sibel Edmonds. I read a book entitled, "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" by Jack Herer after my friend showed me this article. The greatest man I ever knew, my Grandfather, passed away from Pancreatic cancer. When I heard that there may have been something out there that could have helped him, I became furious. It drove me to start contacting my representatives, and asking them to look into Dr. Guzman's research. I also started asking them about 9/11. Every time I would find an article, or gather a collection of articles, I would send it to my Reps, and each time, I would get a form letter in return. I would contact the media and beg them to cover this story, or that story, and they never would, and still don't today.
By the time June 2004 came around, I was addicted to C-SPAN. I would watch every session, and special I could. I used to stay up late to watch the 9/11 Commission hearings re-broadcasted. By chance, I stumbled across one of 9/11 CitizensWatch.org's press conferences. It was the first time I had seen other people question the official account (the media weren't doing their jobs surprise surprise). Immediately, I contacted Kyle Hence, and asked him if there was anything I could do to help. That was my first exposure to the 9/11 Truth Movement.
In September 2004, I went to the 9/11 People's Commission in Washington D.C. and helped John Judge with all of his materials. I also ran in and out to put change in the parking meter for him. Two days before that, the 9/11 Omission Hearings took place in New York City. Within days of both, audio was released of the New York Hearings. I heard this for the very first time. When I did, I cried, and cried. I knew what the anger was like from being lied to about 9/11, but I couldn't imagine having that knowledge on top of losing someone from that day. I swore that Bob and people like him would not have to go through this. From then on, I became extremely active in this cause, and have been to this day. Incidentally, Jenna Orkin also had an enormous impact on me.
When I decided I was going to do this, I dedicated my work to my Grandfather.
I don't want to be doing this. I wish I didn't have to. However, it is the right thing to do, and until this issue is resolved, I will continue to do my best.
I wish I had words of wisdom, or something that would inspire you. I don't. I just know that a great wrong has taken place, and it needs to be dealt with. If we don't, and allow the cover-up to continue, then in my opinion, we are no better than those who perpetrated the crimes of 9/11.