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December 2008

Dear Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice,

In this December newsletter we have announcements of important new events, research, papers, reviews and updates on work being done by our members. Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice now has over 750 members and are continuing to grow every day with increasing numbers of prominent people signing onto the challenges to the official story of 9/11/01.

In this season of giving, we are making a special request of STJ members to consider donating what you can to help support a group which has successfully used FOIA requests to obtain new documents and evidence about the 9/11/01 attack. The requests cost money and the documents require time and analysis to uncover relevant facts.  Please see: (Checks or money orders can be mailed to: The 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington, c/o Mick Harrison Esq, 323 South Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN, 47401)

1) Recent Member Events, Publications and News
2) Recent Member Contributions
3) 9/11 in the News
4) What Can You Do?
5) Events

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Recent Member Events, Publications and News

a) Richard Gage's European Tour

From November 6th - 21st, San Francisco Bay Area architect Richard Gage, AIA, of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, spoke to audiences in eight cities in his first European tour. Richard has gotten several interviews also, including a news segment on Telecinco, Spain's most-watched television station, in connection with his lecture in Madrid. The website has Richard's personal tour diary along with links and audience notes. The documentation of these events has been fantastic and we urge all STJ members to take a look and thank and support them for their work. Congratulations!

b) James Gourley's critique of Bazant/Verdure paper published as a discussion paper in The Journal of Engineering Mechanics

James Gourley provided a fascinating account of his experience while attempting to publish a paper at the Journal of Engineering Mechanics here –

Not much is ever written about what we go through to get these papers published. The publication of this paper is a case study in the struggles we face. I'd like to relate to you exactly what I had to go through to get this paper published, and what influences the substance of it have already had. I hesitate to reveal some of the information below, but as will become clear, the Journal of Engineering Mechanics personnel have demonstrated a complete lack of scientific ethics, and I feel like I have no choice but to publish exactly what occurred in the lead up to my paper's publication.

The paper is: Discussion of "Mechanics of Progressive Collapse:Learning from World Trade Center and Building Demolitions" by Zdenek P. Bazant and Mathieu Verdure
James R. Gourley

c) 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington Posts Freedom Of Information Request Data
The 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington now has a website where FOIA responses are available in an easy to access format. All of the responses received will take some time to add, but documents from the FBI and the FAA are there now, with short descriptions for each. STJ urges members to please donate to help support the group. Checks or money orders are acceptable and can be mailed to: The 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington, c/o Mick Harrison Esq, 323 South Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN, 47401.

d) Kevin Ryan essay: "Conspiracies and Confabulation: Tales from two Naomis"
2008-11-29, by Kevin Ryan
"Learning about self-deception is important for all people today. That's because many of our problems, both as individuals and as a society, are rooted in self-deception, and many of the ways in which others abuse us relate to our inherent tendency to self-deceive. We can overcome these problems, and have a decent chance at long-term survival as a species, only if we learn about such limitations, and strive to control them. One great way to rapidly learn about self-deception, and other forms of deception, is to learn about the events of September 11th."

e) Opinion Piece by UNH Professor William R. Woodward: "9/11: 'the new Pearl Harbor'"

December 7, 2008, By William R. Woodward,
"As a historian of psychology, a Quaker, and a returned Peace Corps volunteer, I tremble at the possibility of evil in my government and its major military-industrial lobbies. The major media have cooperated by keeping the carnage of our two recent wars of aggression off the television and the front page. Naturally, they have also squelched 9/11 truth, though it continually bubbles to the surface through Internet and movies."

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Recent Member Contributions: The Journal of 9/11 Studies

Volume 24 - December 2008

Obstacles to Persuasion: Lessons from the Classroom
Mark Vorobej

"From January to April 2008, I taught an unusual upper-level undergraduate Philosophy course on Argumentation Theory at McMaster University. The course focused on such questions as "What makes a good argument good?" and "What makes a belief rational?" - where an argument is understood as an exercise in rational persuasion aimed at inculcating rational belief. And approximately five weeks of the course were devoted to studying the arguments of the 9/11 truth movement."

The Ghost in the Machines: Evidence of Foreknowledge in the WTC Hard Drive Recoveries
Michael Fury
"The locations of the computers in question within the towers is unknown, but if Wagner is correct, two possibilities emerge: (1) either the "insiders" had foreknowledge of the precise impact points of the aircraft (otherwise why assume that the main frames would be destroyed?) or (2) they had foreknowledge of the total destruction of the towers."

Volume 23 - October 2008
Plausibility Of 9/11 Aircraft Attacks Generated By GPS-Guided Aircraft Autopilot Systems
Aidan Monaghan
"Increasing the plausibility of precision automated control of the two aircraft striking the WTC, is the fact that each aircraft struck precisely the only sections within each WTC tower reportedly upgraded with thermal protection materials, suggesting a clandestine relationship between the visually spectacular aircraft attacks upon the WTC and activity pre-September 11, 2001 within each WTC aircraft impact region, initiating complete structural failure within these regions not generated by the aircraft attacks themselves."

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9/11 in the News

a) Previously Unreleased Video Footage of Twin Towers and Building 7
Posted on 10.31.2008

b) NIST Releases Final WTC 7 Investigation Report
November 20, 2008
"The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today released its final report on the Sept. 11, 2001, collapse of the 47-story World Trade Center building 7 (WTC 7) in New York City. The final report is strengthened by clarifications and supplemental text suggested by organizations and individuals worldwide in response to the draft WTC 7 report, released for public comment on Aug. 21, but the revisions did not alter the investigation team's major findings and recommendations, which include identification of fire as the primary cause for the building's failure."

See also: Scientists, Scholars, Architects & Engineers Respond to NIST
October 24th, 2008

c) Articles by 9/11 Family Member Donna Marsh O'Connor
Statement on the election of Barack Obama as it regards the 9/11 Truth Movement
"Some things we should press on immediately: The appointment of a scientist as the head of NIST (perhaps the most important)."

See also: VOTE on "Appoint a scientist to head NIST immediately"

Reborn America

d) Richard Falk: "9/11: More than meets the eye"
Sunday 09 November 2008, The Journal, Issue 13
". . . Given the dark cloud of doubt that lingers over the official 9/11 narrative, why was the issue not even discussed during the many months of presidential campaigning? As far as I know it was never mentioned. And the explanation is not the urgency associated with the widening economic crisis or the tactical interest of the Democrats to avoid offending Republicans in their search for support across party lines. The truth is deeper, and far more disturbing."

e) When Will Obama Give Up the Bin Laden Ghost Hunt?
By Robert Baer Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008,8599,1859354,00.html?iid=tsmodule
f) U.S. High Court Gets 9/11 Appeal
Filed by a Phila. law firm, it wants a ruling barring suits against Saudi Arabia removed.
By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer, Thu, Nov. 13, 2008

g) Scientists Slam FBI Anthrax Probe
November 03, 2008, New York Post
It was an open-and-shut case, the FBI said. But three months after agents pinned the post-9/11 anthrax mailings on Army scientist Bruce Ivins - who committed suicide as the FBI closed in on him - his former colleagues have approached a lawyer to sue the feds for fingering the wrong man, The Post has learned.

h) Pentagon plans to station 20,000 troops for 'domestic security'
Monday December 1, 2008, Agence France-Presse
The US Department of Defense plans to deploy 20,000 troops nationwide by 2011 to help state and local officials respond to terror or nuclear attacks and emergencies, The Washington Post said Monday.

i) Paris Success Story
(Account of Richard Gage in Paris)
by Arno Mansouri, Fri, Nov 14, 9:15 pm GMT
"There were 242 people attending the presentation (which was slightly above the number of seats of the venue) on Thursday the 13th of November: a full house indeed ! We actually had to refuse some people even though we did put a notice on our site stating that it was fully booked . . . We then decided to put the emphasis on getting the info to local (French) professional architects & engineers, and there were 42 architects and 41 engineers present that night."

From Richard's diary –"The theatre for the "9/11: Architecture of Destruction" event was packed. We projected the multimedia presentation onto the screen in French and also had simultaneous verbal translation with head phones."

Check out the coverage — images, video and reports — of Richard's tour on

Audiences at Richard Gage's events in Madrid & London

j) "Saving the Big 3 for You and Me…"
A Message From Michael Moore, December 3, 2008
Yesterday General Motors presented its restructuring proposal to Congress. They promised, if Congress gave them $18 billion now, they would, in turn, eliminate around 20,000 jobs. You read that right. We give them billions so they can throw more Americans out of work. That's been their Big Idea for the last 30 years — layoff thousands in order to protect profits. But no one ever stopped to ask this question: If you throw everyone out of work, who's going to have the money to go out and buy a car?

k) WTC7: NIST Finally Admits Freefall (Part I)
From David Chandler at 9/11: Speak Out
"In its draft report, released in August 2008, NIST attempted to cover up evidence that WTC7 fell at freefall, but the coverup was transparent. In its final report, released in November 2008, NIST finally acknowledged freefall, but couched it in a bizarre framework that continues to deny its clear significance. This illuminating video displays the brazenness of the NIST WTC7 coverup."

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What Can You Do?

This December we have a special request that STJ members — please support the important FOIA efforts of the Illinois group, the 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington, with your contributions. Checks or money orders can be mailed to: The 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington, c/o Mick Harrison Esq, 323 South Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN, 47401.

Here are some more suggestions for what you can do to help expose the truth of the events of 9/11/01:

Contribute an Essay or Write Content for the Website
If you've written a 9/11-related essay or article or letter to the editor which you would like to contribute to the website, please pass it on to us and we will consider it for publication.

Host an Event
Please consider hosting an event featuring members of STJ911 to present a scientific argument of truth of the attacks on 9/11/01. Hosting an event may seem like a daunting task but can be tremendously rewarding both for a local 9/11 group and its community, as well as the movement itself. Several events in 2006 and 2007 were extremely successful and focused on science, were held on university campuses and garnered important news coverage (see: Those who have hosted events involving Scholars members would be glad to give pointers and recommendations for your event. Campuses are one of the best locations for credible educational events.

Participate in the Information War Online
While the mainstream media typically refuse to cover the unanswered questions of 9/11/01, or simply present ad hominem-filled diatribes, dozens of discussion forums all over the Internet are raging in an information war to keep the facts away from the public or distort the ones already available. If you enjoy debate and discussion and are online often, we urge you to get involved on forums and post links and strong arguments to make the case for our work. Many debates are time-wasting, but some are worthwhile, so choose how to spend your time best. Always include links to your favorite websites when you post, using phrases that people are likely to search for in the visible text of your link. This helps the search engine ranking of the page you are linking to.

Participate in the Information War Offline
Letters to the editor, calls to radio shows, emails to representatives, and roadside actions are some of the most important work we can engage in because we take our message directly to the public and our public officials. A single banner on a multi-lane highway for just minutes can be read by thousands of individuals who never get online at all. Participate in an action, letter or call-in and report back on a discussion forum, ours or any of the others.

Edit a 9/11 Page on Wikipedia
Recently, more 9/11 activists have been contributing to Wikipedia and have managed to gain new ground for pages there. Please consider editing one of these pages:

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Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 11, 2009
The 11th Day of Every Month Street Action
On the Eleventh Day of Every Month, Truth Action calls on activists everywhere to take to the streets in the name of truth. In every town and every city - and by any nonviolent means necessary - we will reach out together to our fellow citizens and spread the word. The Time is Now On the Eleventh Day of Every Month We Unite in Action for Truth until Justice.

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Thank you,

The STJ911 Committee
Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice

Journal of 9/11 Studies

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth

9-11 Research
To be persuasive, we must be believable,
To be believable, we must be credible,
To be credible, we must be truthful.
- Edward R. Murrow