For the first time, this article finally allows Lou to tell his story, the way he wanted to tell it - truthfully and to the best of his knowledge. The article gives more than just the facts as he lived them. It gives insight into the fate of all the heroes present on that despicable day. A fate that awaits other eyewitnesses of the clean up crews and city inhabitants that had inadequate or no protection because the EPA had stated the air was safe to breathe.
Damning testimony to the fact that there were bombs in the WTC, but it was only one man's eyewitness. How valid can one brave and seemingly honest man's visions be when there were many others that also had to have eyewitness testimony and managed to survive. Distinguished author and professor emeritus of the Claremont Graduate University, David Ray Griffin, exposes those virtually unreported eyewitness experiences in "Explosive Testimony:"
Examples of a few of those accounts follow:
"There 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." --Firefighter Richard Banaciski
Engineer Mike Pecoraro, who was working in the sixth subbasement of the north tower, said that after an explosion he and a coworker went up to the C level, where there was a small machine shop. "There was nothing there but rubble," said Pecoraro. "We're talking about a 50 ton hydraulic press--gone!" They then went to the parking garage, but found that it was also gone. Then on the B level, they found that a steel-and-concrete fire door, which weighed about 300 pounds, was wrinkled up "like a piece of aluminum foil." Having seen similar things after the terrorist attack in 1993, Pecoraro was convinced that a bomb had gone off.
Officer NJFD Sue Keane, "It sounded like bombs going off. That's when the explosions happened. . . . I knew something was going to happen. . . . It started to get dark, then all of a sudden there was this massive explosion." "[There was] another explosion. That sent me and the two firefighters down the stairs. . . . I can't tell you how many times I got banged around. Each one of those explosions picked me up and threw me. . . . There was another explosion, and I got thrown with two firefighters out onto the street."
2002 Pulitzer Prize winner John Bussey reported: "I heard metallic crashes and looked up out of the office window to see what seemed like perfectly synchronized explosions coming from each floor, spewing glass and metal outward. One after the other, from top to bottom, with a fraction of a second between, the floors blew to pieces."
Again, these are but a few of the eyewitness accounts listed in the brief, concise, recount of selected live experiences of our heroes and victims by Professor Griffin. The examples only give a glimpse to the depth of the many first hand statements of explosions in the WTC buildings. Indeed even Professor Griffin can not relate in his short article the extent of all the statements made by a Google search of - "world trade center task force interview" explosions - which produces 213 individual listings. The few statements Professor Griffin makes are not even all inclusive for the evidence presented in those statements and citings. Example follows:
In Explosive Testimony's citing, We Will Not Forget, regarding engineer Mike Pecoraro, not included in the WTCTFI reports, Joe Shearin states, "About 50 feet down the hallway, he heard a loud explosion and was lifted into the air. I can't even tell you how far I traveled." This is not included in Griffin's article either.
There are many significant statements regarding information other than explosions in the WTCTFI testimonials.
Paramedic Manuel Delgado's quote "In fact, you could see the fan. I remember that because I could see -- now, it wasn't the whole engine because the engine is big, but I know the front part of it, it looked like the whole engine because I could see the fan, and that's what stood out in my mind. There was an airplane tire also there and then these bodies and luggage from the thing because there were shoes everywhere also. Some shoes had what looked like blood in it, other shoes didn't, other shoes were burnt..." Here we have part of the plane's engine broken by impact with the building and made it no further than shoes.
Auxiliary Lieutenant Fireman Paul Isaac: "There were definitely bombs in those buildings..." Isaac added: "...many other firemen know there were bombs in the buildings, but they're afraid for their jobs to admit it because the 'higher-ups' forbid discussion of this fact." Isaac further broke the gag order by acknowledging it's existence, "It's amazing how many people are afraid to talk for fear of retaliation or losing their jobs," regarding the FBI gag order placed on law enforcement and fire department officials, preventing them from openly talking about any inside knowledge of 9-11.
The problem is that racist, fascist bigotry has become the accepted, no comment doctrine of America. Hard to believe? It was a rather bitter morsel for me to swallow too. If our sick and dying brave heroes of 9/11 had not proven it, I would be in disbelief.
In presenting the truth about 911, the majority of responses from those that accept the corporate press propaganda are "baseless theories by nut cases, bush haters, sympathizers of terrorists, and even terrorists," thereby dismissing discussion of factual evidence. The term"terrorists" is increasingly becoming synonymous with "Muslims" to some individuals and groups using 911 as it's prima facia theory. There is no theory in the testimonials and these are emergency trained heroes, many of whom were also present for the WTC bombing of 1993 and noted the comparisons.
Opening with these heroes' eyewitness experiences shows those false accusations for what they are - insupportable methods to discredit without having to delve into facts which completely destroy the propaganda of racism, fascism or both. There are several benefits to this approach in separating the "wheat from the chaff". Those who have merely believed the government's corporate media will suddenly become silent. Those who have racist or fascist bigotry will be shown clearly to the poster by those who have suddenly fallen silent. The racist-fascist bigots will continue with personal attacks against the poster, change subject, or possibly a few other easily seen ploys, but they will not discuss evidence which clearly contradicts their false flagrant biasing.
Upon identifying the racist-fascist bigots, the defender of liberty and rights can and should clearly show that "person" for what they are in response to personal attacks, changed subject, etc. Bombs in the WTC Buildings Proves Nothing to Racist-Fascist Bigots. Racist-fascist bigots refuse to acknowledge or respond to our heroes' eyewitness facts and only use personal attacks or shifting topics in response to those facts.
It's hard for me to fault the suddenly silent and the already silent, except on an individual basis, which would be a tedious task of doubtful productivity. Silent denial is a prime defense mechanism. It was a devastating, depressing, and dark day when Loose Change was viewed for the first time, even with significant awareness of this government's abuses of Northwoods, the Constitution, Family Rights and The People. Only the silent and their children know if they have the courage and ability to resist actively or even voice the truth. If things have come to the point where the truth can not even be spoken, what kind of world does that leave us and future generations? One can not hide in obscurity forever, and eventually they or their children will be exposed to the realities of this government. Will they still cherish mom and dad when they feel the wrath of this government for whatever reason? Or, will they ask, "How could they love me and leave me in this tyranny without a word of opposition?"
is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. - Edmund
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