NOT ONE NIGHT'S SLEEP
9/11 Second-Anniversary Events in Germany and New York City Reveal Growing
Strength, Credibility of Movement
Many Government Critics Take Center Stage
Is McKinney Running Again?
by Michael C. Ruppert
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Sept 17 , 2003 1400 PDT (FTW), BERLIN, NEW YORK CITY-- Events marking
the second anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks
held in Berlin, Germany and Manhattan featuring former
Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, this writer, and
more than a dozen experts highlighted an estimated fifty
conferences, screenings and protests around the US and
the world, revealing growing popular support for the position
that the US government was complicit in those attacks. In a few short words
I will try to describe some of the biggest recent developments in a climate
that has changed dramatically since disclosure that the US and British governments
falsified and misrepresented intelligence to justify a now-failing occupation
of Iraq. Those frauds, constituting impeachable offenses offered as a justification
for war, have solidly returned 9/11 to the table for debate. Unresolved questions
about the attacks are now also drawing attention from the major media and
they will most certainly become an issue in the 2004 presidential
race. As this opportunity presented itself, a great many
courageous people---active for two, long years---were there
to seize the moment and they did so powerfully, with an
effectiveness made possible by two years of sometimes bitter
experience and struggle.
It is difficult to sit and write a comprehensive story in the few hours I have
since my return from New York before I board another plane for Seattle and
the production of a new CD covering the extraordinary developments of the last
year. But I have acquired a new and important perspective since leaving for
Berlin on September 3.
If I leave out a few names or neglect to give credit where credit is due, it
is not for any other reason than the fact that there are so many who deserve
credit, in so many places, that neither my pen nor my tape recorder can capture
them all. Yet it is critical to note that many of these events, especially
the ones in Berlin, happened only as a result of the opened pockets of private
individuals and the tireless labor of unpaid volunteers. One German, Mr. Ronald
Thoden, was responsible for the airfare that brought McKinney, American journalist
Daniel Hopsicker, British author Nafeez Ahmed and me to that historic city.
He paid for our hotel rooms, the rental of the halls and equipment, and the
forum that made Germany and the world listen. He stands as a shining representative
of all the people who have, in virtual anonymity, voted with their money to
keep freedom and dissent alive. In New York, the sponsorship of radio station
WBAI was augmented by organization from Unanswered Questions and 911 Citizen'sWatch
along with the efforts of dozens of volunteers to effectively demonstrate that
a sizeable segment of the American population are, in spite of media claims
to the contrary, willing to aggressively fight to make 9/11 an issue for as
long as is necessary to prove and address the crime. For it is September 11,
2001 that has been the singular defining moment of the 21st century.
9/11 has a special significance in Germany for many reasons. Mohammed Atta
and members of his cell were recruited and operated for some time in Hamburg.
Dan Hopsicker (http://www.madcowprod.com/) has done a masterful job of investigating
and deconstructing the official legend of Mohammed Atta and the members of
his cell. They banked at German banking giant Deustchebank.
Sept. 7 - FTW Editor Mike Ruppert
and British author Nafeez Ahmed review the watershed Guardian editorial by former British Cabinet Minister Michael Meacher
stating that the Bush Administration facilitated the 9/11
attacks and that the overriding motive was Peak Oil.
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Immediately after 9/11, Ernst Welteke the President of
Germany's state bank, the Bundesbank, confirmed that massive
insider trading across the world's financial markets had
occurred right before 9/11, in stocks that were devastated
by the attacks. Then German cabinet minister Andreas von
Blow declared shortly thereafter that the global value
of insider trading had possibly exceeded $100 billion and
that the US government had deliberately allowed the attacks
to happen as a pretext for conquest of the oil-rich territories
of the Caspian basin and the Middle East. Von Blow was
qualified to speak on this issue. His portfolio had included
supervision of the German intelligence service -- the BND
-- which had issued a number of strong and very clear warnings
to the CIA that hijacked airliners were going to be crashed
into the World Trade Center in the week of September 9th.
Also in Germany, and visible from my hotel, was the German Reichstag, the
1933 burning of which had given Adolf Hitler grounds to seize unprecedented
power. Not for one second did any German or foreign participant in these
9/11 events forget that this symbolism was close at hand.
Sept. 7 -Former GA Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney delivers
keynote address at Berlin's Tempodrome for the German 9-11
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On September 5 th , Cynthia McKinney and I held a press
conference in downtown Berlin that was attended by some
of the largest media outlets in Germany including German
national television, Reuters, major Berlin newspapers
and radio stations. We were treated with respect and the questions posed
were intelligent and showed that the reporters had done their homework.
Though we did not see much air time or ink as a result, it was clear that
posing questions about 9/11 was no longer in the same category as discussions
of a flat earth or Elvis sightings. We were being taken seriously.
That night we spoke together at the Neurotitan gallery, a dark and unfinished
place located behind a "radical alternative bookstore where floors of
bare cement, littered with the debris of artwork intersected with unfinished
plaster walls, glazed windows, dim lights, dark corners and the faint smell
of revolutionary thought and passion." Many in the cramped audience of about
100 were pierced, tattooed and leathered while others were dressed in the
upscale casual attire of middle class professionals. There, after opening
remarks from McKinney remembering darker days of American history in which
much greater figures like Martin Luther King struggled to bring a cause to
life, I presented a 90 minute updated version of my lecture, The Truth
and Lies of 9/11. As
with all of my previous lectures, more than 30 in six countries, the reception
was very enthusiastic and little different from the responses I had previously
received in Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Mexico, the Dominican Republic,
the US, or in Paris where I discussed FTW's research
with politicians and energy experts last May.
On the 6th, I collaborated with Nicholas Levis of Berlin and New York,
the emcee and wrangler for our Berlin events, Dan Hopsicker, German author
Bröcker and three German researchers. Together we prepared a list
of witnesses and documents that needed to be thoroughly examined to resolve
the glaring inconsistencies in the Bush administration's story. On September
11th -- as I was preparing
to speak in New York -- the German 911 Truth Alliance and The German 9/11
Research Network (www.911truth.org)
presented formal letters to the government asking for responses. This made
news throughout the country and the letter's contents were published in detail.
Sept. 7 -Mike Ruppert delivers opening remarks at Tempodrome.
Later in the day Mike presented a 90 minute lecture in
the main hall.
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Throughout our collaborations that day, and in the public
events that followed in both Germany and New York, all
the experts gave praise to professor Michel Chossudovsky
of the University of Ottawa for his many contributions
to our collective knowledge. Of particular significance
was his detailed work on direct links between the Pakistani
intelligence service, Mohammed Atta and key figures in
the US like DCI George Tenet, Deputy Secretary of State
Richard Armitage and the heads of both US congressional intelligence committees.
September 6th also brought an early Christmas present. Britain's The
Guardian published an op-ed by former British Minister for the
Environment Michael Meacher. Meacher had resigned months ago over the Blair
government's fraudulent "sexed up" intelligence, and its obsequious
backing of Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz and Powell. Titled "The
War on Terrorism is Bogus",
Meacher's full-page missive stated that the US government had facilitated
the 9/11 attacks, refused to respond to detailed, credible warnings, and
went further by adding that the motive was to control diminishing world
oil supplies. Had Mr. Meacher asked me to write an article for him I could
not have written it better or said more. As McKinney and I read the essay,
we realized that we had indeed come a long way.
Sept. 11 - Morning. Before beginning the first of many
TV and print interviews, Cynthia McKinney and Mike Ruppert
examine the original Guardian editorial of Michael Meacher.
Seated at right, Kyle Hence of Unanswered Questions.
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On September 7th, a capacity crowd of approximately 700
people showed up for the main event at Berlin's Tempodrome
amphitheater. Nafeez Ahmed, author of the book "The War on Freedom" flew
in from London, and Italian prosecuting magistrate Guido
Salvini, who had previously proven US intelligence connections
to alleged terror attacks in Italy, joined us. Experts
from four countries had come together over 9/11 and a second
press conference was filled with reporters from all over
Germany and included the German Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal.
Sept. 11 - Evening. The
main 9-11 event featured an all-star panel of presenters including former CIA
analyst Ray McGovern (L), Ruppert (C), and McKinney (R).
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Presentations in smaller conference rooms were filled to
capacity. Panels in the main hall, where I again delivered
a 90-minute slide presentation on 9/11, were also jammed
and interest remained intense throughout the nine-hour
event. In her keynote address, Cynthia McKinney again harkened
back to the turbulent days of the 1960s as civil rights and the Vietnam
War roused an activist spirit throughout America and the world. She told
the German audience that it was of vital importance for everyone to ask
questions and to not be satisfied with pat answers. Most importantly, she
said, it was imperative that diverse groups come together to form alliances
from all over the world because this was truly what made change possible.
New York would make her very happy indeed.
I arrived in New York late in the afternoon
of September 10th. There was time to
eat, sleep a little at the home of
volunteer Michael Kane and his family,
and then prepare for the big day. The
first stop was the Walker Stage near
Ground Zero where McKinney and I taped an interview moderated
by Kyle Hence of Unanswered Questions. Neither she nor
I minced any words. McKinney's focus was what had happened
to the country in terms of civil rights and the climate
that had come to dominate American politics since the 2000
presidential election. She expressed strong concern for
a new generation of wounded veterans; mistreated, misled,
and abused as well as for the innocent non-combatants who
were dying in Afghanistan, Iraq, and in lesser-acknowledged
conflicts around the world. She repeated her public questions
about 9/11 which had caused such a furor a year and a half
ago. It was those questions that had mobilized a massive
campaign by Republican Party operatives and pro-Israeli
financial interests (as acknowledged by The Washington Post)
to unseat her. I forcefully repeated all of the arguments we have so
painstakingly documented at FTW showing
that the Bush administration had been criminally complicit in facilitating
the attacks two years ago and I emphasized the fact that Peak Oil and its
effects were becoming harder and harder to hide as witnessed by the massive
blackout that has recently crippled that great city.
There to film me at the Walker Stage was an A Team production crew from
the Canadian Broadcasting Company, well into work on a major documentary
about 9/11. I had spoken with the producer, Bruce Livesey, several times
from California and had been surprised to hear him acknowledge
the accuracy of my research.
He had also found material that corroborated my controversial work in the
case of Delmart "Mike" Vreeland. Vreeland, who had claimed to be a US
Naval officer, while incarcerated in a Canadian jail, had written a note
warning of the attacks a month before they took place. He had also provided
startlingly accurate details about the murder of Canadian intelligence operative
Mark Bastien even before the facts were known to the Canadian government.
Bastien's murder occurred well after Vreeland had left Moscow in 2000.
I will be eager to see their finished product.
Another gratifying moment came when the CBC took me to Ground
Zero to shoot footage of me looking at a place I had visited twice before. As
I was leaning over a railing, looking down into the still-stark ruins with
the CBC crew filming me, a New Yorker leaned over and asked me
who I was. I told him and I told him what I thought had happened. Without
hesitation, the man, who had been there on that fateful day, said that
he absolutely believed my analysis and thanked me for being there.
Times have indeed changed.
We next went to the Radisson Hotel where the CBC crew filmed an
hour and a half interview with me. After that, it was off to the Riverside
Church where Dick Cheney had, just hours before, spoken at an event sponsored
by the New York City Port Authority. The network vans were packing up to
leave as we arrived. They had no interest in what was planned for later
that night. It was their loss. As it turned out, press from several countries
including Greece was there, along with the CBC and representatives
from influential magazines likes Harper's.
Sept 11 - The turnout at The Riverside Church was estimated
at between 900-1,100. 200 additional spectators filled
an overflow room.
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Estimates of the crowd size varied from 950 to over 1,200. Not a single
seat was available in the main hall. An overflow room held another 200.
Cameras were everywhere and a kind of energy, eager for expression, that
I had not experienced before was thick in the crowd. Prayers were offered
by Rabbi Michael Feinberg; Muslim Imam Dr. Faiz Khan who, as an Emergency
Room physician in Brooklyn, had treated many victims on that deadly day;
and the Pastor of the Riverside Church, Reverend James Fitzgerald.
It was a busy night. Again, the workhorse Kyle Hence, who has worked closely
with victim families acted as moderator for films by (among others) veteran
Canadian journalist and commentator Barrie Zwicker and multiple Emmy award
winner Danny Schechter. The now-infamous Guerilla News
Network production "Aftermath" aroused
the crowd and prepped it for the panel discussion that all had come to
The main event was a panel of experts including McKinney, retired veteran
CIA analyst Ray McGovern, veteran activist and researcher John Judge,
Schechter, and me. It was not important that each of us agreed totally
with the analyses and work of the others. No one was asked, nor expected,
to compromise their positions and the event made no attempt to forge
a perfect consensus. To have done that would have been to destroy the
perfection of the consensus that already existed. What had brought us
there together was a shared belief and commitment that the government
of the United States was totally out of control and that it had, in just
three years, brought the nation and the planet itself to the brink of
disintegration and chaos.
Many were surprised that
I sat next to a veteran CIA official, I who have spent
twenty-five years opposing the CIA. Even as I have written
that I believe that the CIA is fighting back, for motives
other than a complete rectification of the ills which now
eat at the world like a bioweapon gone mad. It was not
a surprise to me, however. I have always recognized and
praised honorable behavior whether among criminals, soldiers, government
officials, journalists or private citizens. Everyone has a constituency
and none of us are ever divorced from our roots. McGovern's scathing,
penetrating, and meticulous deflowering of the neocon
modus operandi vis a vis Iraq was a wonderful start. And
just recently, he has written in some detail about the
pre-9/11 briefings given to George W. Bush that have been
classified and censored.
McGovern went further than ever when he spoke about the administration's
exploitation of 9/11. While not saying outright that the administration
knew about the attacks and allowed them to happen, even facilitating
them, he implied it. The administration has a lot to hide, he said.
He went on to say that Dick Cheney had a lot of chutzpah to show up
at the Riverside Church calling him a "Meister of cover
up and pointing out that he had turned the FBI loose to intimidate and
silence the congressional committees charged with FBI oversight. He
labeled the explanation that incompetence within the government had
allowed the attacks to succeed as "charitable."
John Judge elaborated of his lifetime of experience in and around the
Pentagon; his first-hand knowledge of surface to air missiles installed
within the building and spoke of his work in researching the million
holes in the government's position. He brought belly laughs to the
crowd when he observed, "We're
spending a lot of money trying to develop a constitution for Iraq.
Why don't we just send them ours? It's a good one and we aren't using
When it was my turn to speak I made it clear that I would always be
bull" on 9/11, and that I would never be satisfied with any explanation
that fell short of complete government foreknowledge, criminal involvement
and full participation as an accomplice and principal in those attacks.
This brought one of the largest ovations of the night, but not the
largest. I held up an original page from Britain's The Guardian containing
the Meacher essay, and then dryly observed that in the case of Meacher,
as it had been with Andreas von Blow in Germany, the organs of government
were quick to state that these cabinet ministers were unbalanced. Then
I noted that we had all gathered that night because of some other cabinet
ministers who were unbalanced, and that their names were Powell, Cheney
The biggest thunder came as I paid homage to and introduced Cynthia
McKinney. Because it was she who had opened her mouth to ask questions,
who had taken the best shots the government and the press could throw
and yet not only was she still standing, she had become a recognized
world leader of a protest movement. Before getting up to speak, I leaned
over to her and ask her permission to say something special. She said
Sept 11 - Ruppert delivers his
opening remarks before introducing McKinney as "the
former and next" Representative of the 4th District
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At the end of my remarks I said, "It is my great privilege
and a very special pleasure to introduce someone who is
not only a friend but a great leader who has inspired us
all, the former, and the next ,
representative from the 4th district of Georgia, the honorable Cynthia
The building vibrated with cheers as the sound meters on TV and radio
recording equipment blasted into the red. A thousand people leapt to
their feet and the cheering did not subside for several minutes.
Sept 11 - The crowd at Riverside Church cheered enthusiastically
and frequently interupted remarks from McKinney. The only
member of the US Congress to have openly questioned the
official events of 9/11.
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McKinney was gracious and powerful in her remarks. She
laughingly blamed me, and From The Wilderness,
for getting her into trouble. She thanked John Judge for
his past assistance and support in her investigation of
the assassination of Martin Luther King. She praised Ray
McGovern and everyone who had worked so hard to force 9/11
into the public consciousness. She thanked WBAI for sponsoring the event
and Kyle Hence for organizing it. She acknowledged the foreign press
and the incredible support she felt whenever she was in New York. And
even though she did not announce her candidacy, she subtly reminded all
of us that it would take all of us to get her back into Congress. Then
she left no doubt about what she would do when she got back there.
The significance of this unity between varying organizations and groups
with sometimes differing positions and which had sometimes competed was
important to her. She remembers well the COINTELPRO program of the 1960s
and 1970s, which was run by the government to create divisiveness among
groups that could challenge the elites if united. She knows that the
number-one priority of the FBI then was to prevent any alliance between
blacks and whites or any unity between various elements that are most-often
labeled as progressive.
She concluded her remarks by saying, "The nightmare of the people
who are in power is that we could come together like this. Let's not
let them have one night's sleep, not one night's sleep until we have
thrown them out, until we have gotten our answers and until we have won
There was a remarkable lesson in that. It is time for all of us who have
worked on 9/11 to see that something powerful has changed. Events following
the 9/11 anniversary featuring McKinney, Wayne Madsen, Greg Palast, and
Catherine Austin Fitts continued for three days.
Probably fifty researchers, writers, and activists have published and
spoken out about 9/11. We all started from the same starting line. On
September 11, 2001, FTW had 900 subscribers.
Today we have 10,000. What has happened is that each of these people
made a number of choices about what evidence was most important; how
to present it; what would resonate as effective issues in the mind of
the general public; and what future events would bring. With varying
degrees of accuracy, professionalism and skill; with differing measures
of commitment, intelligence, endurance and fortitude they have, like
primary contenders in a presidential election year, weeded themselves,
honed their skills, toughened themselves, learned and improved. The cream
has risen to the top.
I could take great pride in being labeled "The Godfather of the 9/11 movement"
by Guerilla News Network but that would miss the most important point entirely.
The question now is not about one point of view being co-opted or muted,
or about the supremacy of any one individual or group. The real issue is
whether the likes of Michel Chossudovsky, Nafeez Ahmed, Dan Hopsicker,
John Judge, Mathias
Bröcker, Ray McGovern, Kyle Hence,
Wayne Madsen, Cynthia McKinney and I can continue the fight together
in a way that guarantees that the Bush administration, and any administration
that follows it, will not sleep soundly for one minute until they give
the American people and the people of the world the truth and are held
accountable for their actions.
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