Mar 26, 2010
ABC Nightline Reveals Its Agenda—Equates 9/11 Truth with Gun-Wielding Crazies
— Shawn Hamilton
Ed: The following is the body of the letter sent to ABC Nightline producer Katie Hinmanon on behalf of AE911Truth.
ABC Nightline’s piece on the 9/11 Truth Movement qualifies as nothing short of journalistic fraud. Instead of presenting an objective look at the surprisingly large numbers of people who are questioning the government’s official conspiracy theory involving 19 Arabs, Chris Bury’s piece was clearly intended to equate in viewers’ minds those in the 9/11 Truth Movement with gun-wielding crazies like the recent “Pentagon shooter” John Patrick Bedell.
While this movement includes a wide variety people including thousands of architects, engineers, firefighters, academicians and scientists, Nightline seemed intent on creating an oversimplified caricature of what it disparagingly called a “viral community of true believers,” that is, people who are crazy enough to suspect the government might be hiding something when there’s no evidence to support that idea. There’s actually a lot of evidence, but TV shows like Nightline are not interested in looking at it, much less refuting it. The Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth were featured as keynote speakers at the same conference that you attended and now host over 1,000 A/E petition signers—all demanding a new investigation into the destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11. Why did you not ask us what evidence we might have to support our call for a re-investigation? We understand that you were even re-directed by no less than three of your interviewees to speak with us.
Korey Rowe and Dylan Avery, whose documentary, “Loose Change” provided many with their first look at problems with the official account, knew what Nightline was up to. Rowe told Bury, “They’re trying already to equate us with this man (Bedell) and trying to say that the 9/11 Truth Movement is a militia, gun-toting, anti-government conspiracy [group].”
Avery told Bury, “We already know what you guys are going to do—just by the questions you asked us. It’s very clear what your agenda is.” Bury got a similar response from former FBI agent and whisteblower Coleen Rowley when he asked her the loaded question, “Do you think the American government helped kill innocent Americans?” Rowley told Bury the technique he was using reminded her of interrogation strategies she’d used while in the FBI. Rowley stated that the full truth is simply not known and that the 9/11 Commission has said so itself. Nightline then interviewed Lee Hamilton, vice-chairman of the 9/11 Commission, who stated, “We got the story basically right” in order to give the impression he was contradicting Rowley’s claim, but that was intentionally misleading. Consider what he wrote in his book Without Precedent—that the 9/11 Commission was “set up to fail” by the Bush Administration. And what John Farmer, Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission wrote on page four of his book, The Ground Truth: “At some level of government, at some point in time, there was an agreement not to tell the people the truth about what happened.”
Lee Hamilton told Nightline, “When they bring these theories of what happened forward, the appropriate question is, ‘What evidence do you have of that?’ And if they have evidence, then let’s examine it in the court of public opinion.” We may be on the same page with Lee Hamilton after all. This is exactly what groups like ours want to see happen. For instance, why did World Trade Center Building 7, which was never hit by an airplane, collapse suddenly, smoothly, straight down into its own footprint at free-fall acceleration?
This is a question for an enterprising, seasoned journalist like Chris Bury of Nightline to pursue—especially since there is abundant evidence of the incendiary “thermite” in the molten iron found in the rubble of all three WTC skyscrapers. And since the explosive composite “nano-thermite” was found in all four samples of pulverized concrete that was tested, that laid like a blanket throughout lower Manhattan.
Richard Gage, AIA, founder of AE911Truth stated, “These technical professionals are staking their licenses, degrees, and reputation not on conspiracy theories but on the scientific, forensic evidence that speaks for itself. We have no other agenda than for the public to be aware of this evidence that was eliminated from the official reports.”
Here is a partial list of the evidence demanding further investigation:
•Rapid onset of collapse of all three WTC skyscrapers.
•Sounds of explosions at the onset of collapse
•Symmetrical collapse — through the path of what should have been the greatest resistance—at nearly free-fall acceleration (i.e. the columns offered no resistance; therefore, they must have been instantly “removed”)
•WTC 7 collapsed nearly into its own footprint with the steel skeleton almost completely broken up. The Twin Towers on the other hand were extremely explosive—hurling 9-ton steel sections laterally 600 feet at 60 mph.
•Massive volume of expanding pyroclastic-like dust clouds
•Several tons of molten metal found at the base of the buildings by credible witnesses.
•Evidence of thermite (an incendiary used to cut through steel) found in beams, slag and iron spheres in all the dust samples
•Inter-granular melting and evaporation of steel structure found and documented by FEMA in App. “C”)
•Expert corroboration from controlled demolition professionals
•Foreknowledge of WTC collapse by media
The details can be found at www.AE911Truth.org, and are available to anyone who wants to look at them, yet Nightline representatives chose to devote their attention to mischaracterizing members of the 9/11 Truth Movement instead of actually confronting the evidence. What is their agenda?