Richard Gage, founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth speaks during a presentation
by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB
I accidentally came across an article by Craig McKee in which he asked over thirty truth activists how they first knew that the official 9-11 story was false. From McKee’s list I have chosen seven, as they are ones who then went out and founded a group. Everyone has heard of Pilots for 9-11 Truth, but perhaps not the others. The seven are:
Rob Balsamo, Co-founder, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, David Ray Griffin, Founder, Consensus 9/11 Panel, James Hufferd, Founder, 9/11 Truth of Central Iowa, and co-ordinator 9/11 Truth Grassroots Organization, Jonathan Mark, Founder, FlybyNews and founder, 9/11 Teleconference Group, Aldo Marquis, Co-founder, Citizen Investigation Team, Nelisse Muga, co-founder of San Diegans for 9/11 Truth, and Elizabeth Woodworth, Co-founder, 9/11 Consensus Panel.
The following is an abbreviated report of their answers to McKee’s question: “What tipped you off, and when?”
- Rob Balsamo
In May 2006, I was watching Glenn Beck’s show on CNN. The Department of Defense had just released the infamous “5 frames” of stop-action video of the Pentagon attack. … While watching it, I’m thinking to myself, “I can’t see any 757.” … So I started poking around on the Internet trying to find anything I can to back up the government’s story, because I didn’t want to believe our government might have had something to do with 9/11.
Early on, I came across Operation Northwoods. It blew me away that elements of our government had seriously planned acts of terrorism inside the United States to justify invading Cuba…. In 2006, I co-founded Pilots for 9/11 Truth to more formally conduct research on the aviation-related aspects of 9/11.
In August 2006, Pilots received from the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) a copy of the Flight Data Recorder data of Flight 77, which, according to the official account, hit the Pentagon. We analyzed the data and announced our conclusion on 3/26/07 that “The information provided by the NTSB does not support the 9/11 Commission Report of American Airlines Flight 77 impact with the Pentagon.” …
I’m frustrated because we haven’t been able to find anything to confirm the government’s story. And what’s worse is that the FBI and NTSB refuse to even discuss with us the many obvious problems we found in the Flight 77 FDR.
- David Ray Griffin
In the fall of 2002, one of my students at the Claremont School of Theology told me that a visiting professor said that 9/11 was an inside job and asked if I wanted to meet him. I said yes, and after talking with him, I told him that his theory certainly seemed plausible, given all the things the US government had done (I was working on a book manuscript on US imperialism), but that I would need to see evidence. I studied the evidence he emailed but concluded that it was not persuasive, so I went back to my work on U.S. imperialism
But early in 2003, another colleague from another institution sent … a short version (provided in Paul Burks’ Want To Know) of Paul Thompson’s “Complete 9/11 Timeline.” It took only a few hours to realize that its reports of stories contradicting the official story that had appeared in the mainstream press – but usually only once – was of utmost importance.
I then obtained books on the subject, starting with Gore Vidal’s Dreaming War, which led me to Nafeez Ahmed’s War on Freedom.
- James Hufferd
I had determined by 9/11 or early on 9/12, as soon as the basic OCT (official conspiracy theory) started to appear basically fully articulated, with pics and data about all the “hijackers” and their roles and that Osama bin Laden was at the bottom of it, only a couple of hours after – and maybe before – the collapse of Building 7, that the whole story would have to have been written to release in advance.
There just hadn’t been enough time to have more than barely begun to carry out the extensive investigation that would have been required. And I knew they wouldn’t have left it up to a gang of rag-tag little more than teenagers to pull off.
- Jonathan Mark
At the time of September 11, 2001, I was involved with a campaign to stop offensive weapons from entering outer space. The twin towers crumbling before my eyes initiated a free-fall on many levels in our civilization. I wasn’t sure of anything at first, and even Osama bin Laden seemed like a candidate.
The free fall of our civilization was that 9/11 was used to justify the horrendous “war on terror,” pre-emptive war, loss of justice, habeas corpus, human rights, bill of rights. Everything was going down, fast, and after six months notice, President Bush axed the ABM Treaty and started putting offensive weapons in space.
The campaign to prevent this from happening failed, and 9/11 was used as justification for such extreme measures. So I started reporting articles looking into the events with more depth. The January 17, 2002 issue included an article by William Rivers Pitt, “Hell to Pay.” Slowly the facts built up to a strong case of government abuse and involvement in crimes against humanity. Without the facts of what really happened on 9/11 and beyond, there will be no truth, justice, or peace. 9/11 justice is key.
- Aldo Marquis
I first became aware of problems with 9/11 back in 2002-03 after I watched 9/11: The Road to Tyranny by Alex Jones. I was completely floored by the alternative news stories shedding a whole other light on 9/11. I fully immersed myself in researching these claims and others. In doing so, I learned there was much misinformation and disinformation floating out there, although there were still enough unanswered problems to keep me digging.
Soon, I turned my attention towards the Pentagon attack… I realized that the only way I can truly know what happened is to actually go out there and interview witnesses to the event obtaining key details about what they saw and where they saw it.
I went there prepared to be proven wrong about everything I believed about the attack and was open to the official version of events. Once I learned for myself that the plane flew on the north side of the gas station, I absolutely knew that 9/11 was an “inside job” orchestrated by powerful forces within our government, military and intelligence communities. Once I had enough corroboration, there wasn’t a doubt left in my mind. It was an inside job.
- Nelisse Muga
I began my search for 9/11 truth when I had a friend call early on a Sunday morning in April 2005. She insisted I turn on the TV to C-Span, so reluctantly I did. Someone named Dr. David Ray Griffin was talking about 9/11/01 and questioning the 9/11 Commission Report that had recently been published. He was very convincing and simply asked his audience to look a bit closer into what might have happened. Did the official report really make sense? I quickly realized it did not.
It turned my world upside down. Originally I believed it was “blowback,” – and since that day I have been, I guess you would say obsessed – with finding the truth and living long enough to see justice. …
It was shortly after this that I began our local group, San Diegans for 9/11 Truth, with Ted [my husband, a retired pilot]. Dr. Griffin was the perfect messenger for me to begin my journey. We have read all of his books and have had him as our guest presenter down here on several occasions – lucky us!
It’s funny how Ted and I never discussed 9/11/01 until that day when we saw David on C span. Ted said he became suspicious in 2002 when KPBS-Nova came out with the Pancake-Theory. Ted’s degree is in structural engineering, and he knew there was no such thing. It’s much like the “domino theory” we all learned about during the Vietnam war. That was another term dreamed up by our propaganda machine to keep the public in their comfort zone. It’s now time for all of us to become very uncomfortable.
- Elizabeth Woodward
I watched a Vision TV program in December, 2001, which as I recall had Barrie Zwicker interviewing Michael Ruppert. I found it very persuasive and telephoned my brother to tell him about it. Then I went back to my life, until, in April 2006, a former neighbour, a psychologist, handed me a book called The New Pearl Harbor, by Dr. David Ray Griffin.
The writing was crystal clear and the layout of the evidence was so logically compelling and strongly documented that there was no escaping the conclusion that 9/11 had been permitted to happen by forces within the United States.
The certain knowledge of this through the concrete detail that was presented changed me over a period of about three days, as I adjusted to it. It penetrated my world view of American politics in a new way, such that I was unable to endure hearing the words, so oft repeated within minutes of turning on the radio or television, “Ever since 9/11….” without doing something about the preposterous fantasy that had descended upon us and was so frequently reiterated.
So I wrote a book review of The New Pearl Harbor for the New York Times, and I contacted its author, David Ray Griffin. That was five years ago, and we have now worked on 7 books and 20 essays together.///
Anyone who is reading this can probably recall the shock he or she felt upon making the initial discovery. I was scared to death. It is very reassuring to know that the aforementioned groups exist. Until now – 2016 – I was mainly only aware of individual researchers and writers.
I shall now grab from Craig McKee’s list four other activists who said something surprising about their discovery: Barrie Zwicker, filmmaker and author of Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-Up of 9/11, Cynthia McKinney, Former congresswoman and presidential nominee for the Green Party in 2008, Niels Harrit, associate chemistry professor, University of Copenhagen, and Giulietto Chiesa, Italian journalist, producer of the 9/11 documentary Zero.
- Barrie Zwicker
I knew before noon on 9/11, 2001 because I realized that for the USAF to fail to turn a wheel until it was too late, during a drama in the sky of almost two hours was, simply, impossible. So there had to be a USAF stand-down, which means an inside job.
8. Cynthia McKinney
Immediately after the tragedies, in 2001, I called for an investigation of what happened in an Op-Ed piece that appeared in several newspapers. I noted that airplane crashes, train wrecks, and other accidents always routinely result in exhaustive investigations – why not with the tragedies of 11 September 2001?
Instead, both President Bush and Vice-President Cheney were actively obstructing any investigation with lame-brained excuses that didn’t make any sense. Eventually, a tightly controlled victims’ compensation fund was established that restricted legal inquiry by victims and survivors into the tragedies. As my last legislative act before being expelled from Congress by the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S., I introduced legislation to nullify the rule forcing victims to choose between accepting financial help from the fund and knowing the truth.
Secretary of State Colin Powell promised a white paper to the people of the U.S. detailing what happened and who the culprits were; the white paper was never forthcoming. … So, to this day, we all know what we saw, but we don’t know officially what happened. In the absence of truth from the government, the people must, themselves, find truth.
- Niels Harrit
By accident, I saw Building 7 go down in 2006 on a DVD somebody had sent to my wife. Since that moment, there has been no way back.
- Giulietto Chiesa
Immediately after having seen on TV the events while they were happening in 2001… It seemed to me, at first sight, that it was a huge TV show. And I argued that only a group of Western people, accustomed to the modern TV, could conceive of such a show.
You have to keep in mind that I was visiting Afghanistan in January that year, and I came back and wrote the book Afghanistan Anno Zero (Afghanistan Year Zero), which was in Italian bookshops just three days before 9/11.
In my other book Genoa/G8, the picture of international relations had become a very worrying one. This means I was, in a certain sense, “psychologically prepared” to consider the possibility of an event of that kind. Frankly speaking I was waiting for something similar.
In any case I began looking for more detailed information, and I was overwhelmed by the contradictory explanations. I believed this was normal during a chaotic situation like this.
Only later, three or four days after the event, my suspicions began to take shape, and I began working systematically on the subject.
— Mary W Maxwell “found out” in 2005. Accordingly, she wrote the book Prosecution For Treason. Well you would, wouldn’t you.