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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Paul Thompson and The Jersey Girls

I am spending this week leading up to the ninth anniversary of September 11th, 2001 offering some of my thoughts about 9/11. I thought I would do it by offering introductions to people who on our behalf are asking questions that the media has not.

On the sidebar is a link to the film, 9/11: Press For Truth. This film tells the story of the Jersey Girls. These are four women whose husbands were killed on September 11th when airplanes hit the World Trade Center towers. Here is the trailer to the film.

These four women (pictured in the right from the
cover of Ms. Magazine) had questions. How could the military have allowed this to happen? How could it be prevented in the future?

They expected the justice department to answer these kinds of questions. They didn't get answers. Finally they pressured Congress to form a special committee to investigate. They succeeded in urging Congress to form the 911 Commission.

However, it didn't take long before they realized that the 911 Commission was less interested in investigating the issues as it was providing cover for the government.
This was not a surprise considering that the executive director of the commission was Philip Zelikow who had close ties with the administration and was a personal friend of Condoleeza Rice. Zelikow was the gate keeper for who would be interviewed and what topics would be addressed.

The resulting
911 Commission Report did not answer The Jersey Girls' questions.

The Jersey Girls are not "crazy conspiracy theorists" or left wing radicals. Two of them had voted in 2000 for Bush/Cheney. They are four women who sought justice and answers from our government and were stonewalled. Thankfully, they are still seeking answers and they are not being silenced by ridicule, snark, or pressure. In my book, they are true American patriots.

The film,
9/11 Press For Truth also tells the story of Paul Thompson. Thompson is an independent researcher who created a The 9/11 Timeline.

The timeline is a catalog of mainstream news accounts about people, events and places related to the events of 9/11 and the ensuing response. He found that buried in mainstream news accounts are many important pieces of information that are not noticed. His timeline brings them to light.

In 2004, Thompson put his timeline in book form, The Terror Timeline: Year By Year, Day By Day, Minute By Minute.

This has been a key resource for those who do have questions about 9/11. It was Thompson's timeline that convinced David Griffin to begin his research.

Here is an interview with Paul Thompson by Peter Coyote of Link TV.

Pretty insightful. Watch all three parts:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3