Article: Revelations about the Twin Towers in the 9/11 Oral Histories

I was recently sent a link to the article Explosive Testimony: Revelations about the Twin Towers in the 9/11 Oral Histories, on the site I think the article, though kind of long, deserves a read. I wasn’t there but i agree that something happened…. it is almost unbelievably incredible that both towers collapsed in such a seemingly controlled manner. If towers / buildings collapsed like that by design, building demolition companies wouldn’t have a job…. but in fact, they need to be thoroughly planned and controlled to implode so perfectly.

The problem, however, is that a bomb delivered by a plane, or even a few explosives planted “somewhere in the building,” would not explain the many phenomena suggestive of controlled demolition, such as explosion rings and other features indicating that the explosions were “synchronized” and otherwise “timed.” As Mark Loizeaux, the head of Controlled Demolition, Inc., has explained, “to bring [a building] down as we want, so no one or no other structure is harmed,” the demolition must be “completely planned.” One needs “the right explosive [and] the right pattern of laying the charges.”66

The 9/11 oral histories, therefore, create a difficult question for those who defend the official story: How could al-Qaeda terrorists have gotten access to the Twin Towers for all the hours required to place all the explosives needed to bring down buildings of that size? It is primarily because they force this question that the testimony about explosions in the towers is itself explosive.

waiting for the bus

I’m in Louisville right now… there are a lot of people in the office for a flurry of meetings and it seemed appropriate for me to come as well.

Our biggest meeting started at noon today, and ends at 3pm tomorrow. We stopped for dinner at ~6pm and I came back into the office to work on some stuff… got stuck reading email and working on a side project.

Now I’m waiting on a bus to take me back to Theresa’s, where I’m staying…. [tap] [tap] [tap] waiting…

Petition: The President Broke the Law petition: The President Broke the Law

President Bush admitted to personally authorizing thousands of allegedly illegal wiretaps, and he doesn’t plan to stop. Circumventing the Constitution is serious business.

This is a big moment. People from across the political spectrum are standing together to protect the rule of law and the principles that are core to our identity as Americans.

Can you sign this petition to show Congress that Americans want a thorough investigation of the president’s secret wiretapping program?

I signed it and here is my extra comment:

We are walking ever closer to an Orwellian government, with “big brother” spying on all of us. One of the major foundations for our government was accountability for everyone, including the people in power… this is precisely what is needed to hedge against dictatorships and is precisely what is being ignored and over-ruled by Bush’s administration. We need some honest investigation. We need to hear the actual results of that investigation. If action should be taken afterwards, we need that action to be taken. A president isn’t abovethe laws of his country.

birthday #27

It my (Alan’s) 27th birthday today.

Thanks to all who have sent cards, emails, IMs, phone calls, etc to wish me a happy one. I’m rather surprised so many people have remembered. Also, special thanks to the “check givers”… all that money is going into savings to replenish the money that was withdrawn to pay for our new bed (soon to arrive).

I’m surprised to see that so many people sent jokes (or at least comments) about how old I was getting. I’ve got candle makers collapsing under strain and solar glare from all the candles on my cake… So, when I’m 28, do I get a walker.

You should all know, it’s funny when I joke about how old I am… but mean when anyone else does. (that was a joke)

It’s also Genna’s first birthday who apparently said “roahlenght”… which, according to parental translation, means “happy birthday big al”.

And it’s Chandra’s 24th (i think) birthday.

Last night I had my christmas dinner… we went out to Tyfoon (I know it should be typhoon) for half-priced sushi and still dropped $45 on 7 rolls of great sushi. It was great.

Work as usual today, I didn’t get off early, and in fact worked late….. such is life.

Adware seek & find

I read the following blog post linked from slashdot. It is part of the blog for SiteAdvisor… a tool for testing for adware / spyware.

Those of you who still run into problems with adware and spyware, you might want to try this app out… it couldn’t hurt (unless it was a really clever double-agent type scam to get you to install it. no – i don’t think it is….. yes, it might be. no, not really… un-huh. mmmm-mmm. — think Eddie Izzard style standup.)

Political links and quotes for today

Here is a great interview with Noam Chomsky entitled There Is No War On Terror. Some of my favorite quotes from it, follow:

This is even sometimes discussed. You can find it in the strategic analysis literature. Take, say, the invasion of Iraq again. We’re told that they didn’t find weapons of mass destruction. Well, that’s not exactly correct. They did find weapons of mass destruction, namely, the ones that had been sent to Saddam by the United States, Britain, and others through the 1980s. A lot of them were still there. They were under control of U.N. inspectors and were being dismantled. But many were still there. When the U.S. invaded, the inspectors were kicked out, and Rumsfeld and Cheney didn’t tell their troops to guard the sites. So the sites were left unguarded, and they were systematically looted. The U.N. inspectors did continue their work by satellite and they identified over 100 sites that were systematically looted, like, not somebody going in and stealing something, but carefully, systematically looted.

Now, any discussion of withdrawal from Iraq has to at least enter the real world, meaning, at least consider these issues. Just take a look at the commentary in the United States, across the spectrum. How much discussion do you see of these issues? Well, you know, approximately zero, which means that the discussion is just on Mars. And there’s a reason for it. We’re not allowed to concede that our leaders have rational imperial interests. We have to assume that they’re good-hearted and bumbling. But they’re not. They’re perfectly sensible. They can understand what anybody else can understand. So the first step in talk about withdrawal is: consider the actual situation, not some dream situation, where Bush is pursuing a vision of democracy or something. If we can enter the real world we can begin to talk about it. And yes, I think there should be withdrawal, but we have to talk about it in the real world and know what the White House is thinking. They’re not willing to live in a dream world.

Interviewer: What’s your biggest regret over 40 years of political activism? What would you have done differently?

I would have done more. Because the problems are so serious and overwhelming that it’s disgraceful not to do more about it.

Interviewer: What sort of organizing should be done to try and change some of these policies?

Well, there’s a basis for democratic change. Take what happened in Bolivia a couple of days ago. How did a leftist indigenous leader get elected? Was it showing up at the polls once every four years and saying, “Vote for me!”? No. It’s because there are mass popular organizations which are working all the time on everything from blocking privatization of water to resources to local issues and so on, and they’re actually participatory organizations. Well, that’s democracy. We’re a long way from it. And that’s one task of organizing.

I also got the following story about The Singular Story of the Cuban Five from This is a story about the unfair and just strange treatment of political prisoners by the US as compared to others, who are actually admitted terrorists who have subsequently gotten citizenship in the US after knowing about their terrorist actions. Just wierd.

This article: Proof Bush Deceived America has a strong title, and though it does deliver what it claims… it was somewhat of an anti-climax. Basically it rehashed details that already exist, and reviewed them for any who don’t already know about the (at this point) fairly well documented falsifications the world was fed to “justify” Bush’s war in Iraq.

Impeach Bush… you hear about this yet?

I am excited to hear about the possible investigation for the impeachment of Bush (I’ve been calling for it for a while). Too bad it’s not something that I am hearing much about – you all? No? You’d think the investigation for presidential impeachment might be discussed on the evening news, eh? Kind of big news… it sure was when it was discussed as a possibility for Clinton. But not for Bush (yet). I think most people just don’t know about it yet. Read the following story on just this topic:

There are now eight members of Congress who have put their names to a bill calling for a special committee of the House to investigate impeachable crimes by the Bush administration. To date, all of them are Democrats.

So far, you’d be hard-pressed to know about any of this–including the very fact that Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, had even submitted such a bill–as well as two companion bills calling for censure of both Bush and Cheney for abuse of power.

— — — How the US Press Squelches Bush Impeachment Drive By Dave Lindorff. (Dave’s got a great site here.)

Here is one of my other favorite qutoes from this same (above) article:

There is a clear slide towards dictatorship taking place in America. The president, it turns out, has been signing executive letters along with many of the bills Congress passes, essentially asserting that as commander-in-chief in his fake “war” on terror, he reserves the right to ignore those bills. The latest such letter was signed by him as he signed the bill banning torture. In other words, he conceded to the bill, but then said he’ll authorize torture anyway if he wants to, in his role as commander in chief.

DeLay taken down & other news

I just got done reading the article:
Colleagues force DeLay to relinquish grip on leadership of House
on The Guardian. I have already heard about this on, but it’s a story that makes me smile.

Probably not as pleased as Al Franken, or many of the other people who really know how bad DeLay is… I’ve only heard what others (including Al Franken) have told me… but it’s enough to make me fear and loath him.

Oh, and, by no means does me being right about DeLay mean my other fears about our government are correct… but perhaps they are slightly less dismissible.