Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sen. Karen Johnson's floor speech about 9/11 (East Valley Tribune)

Sen. Karen Johnson's floor speech about 9/11

9/11 Floor Speech



Members -- I would like to introduce a very special guest who has been joined today by several of his closest friends. Up in the gallery, we have many of the members of the Phoenix 9/11 Truth group – people who are asking for a new, independent investigation of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In particular, I would like to introduce to you a VERY courageous man named Blair Gadsby. I’m going to ask the folks with Blair to help him to stand as I tell you a little about him. Blair is very weak because he has been fasting for more than two weeks to try to bring attention to the cause of 9/11 Truth. This is the 16th day that Blair has gone without food and spent his day outside the office of U.S. Senator John McCain pleading with the senator to take a look at new evidence in the 9/11 crimes. We have one man who is sacrificing his own personal needs and desires to stand boldly pleading for the world to take notice, to question, to research and not place their lives into the hands of media sound-bites, - to think for themselves, consciously and critically. Blair is an educator and to me this is what the great educators do. Thousands of people all over the country and actually around the world have been watching on the internet as this Hunger Strike progresses here in Phoenix. I want Blair to know that I am his biggest fan and that good people everywhere admire him for his courage and determine. Please give a warm welcome to Blair Gadsby and the Phoenix 9/11 Truth movement. (STOP)


(FLOOR SPEECH) Last month, I started speaking publicly regarding my concerns about the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which brought down the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, as well as Building 7. If you’ve watched the media coverage since I first began to speak out, you know how vicious and irrational it has been toward me. The media have worked hard to try to make it seem silly to even question the 9/11 Commission Report, even though some of its own authors have done so, including both of the Commission Co-Chairmen – Mr. Hamilton and Keane.

Actually, the 9/11 Commission Report represents just one theory – the theory that fire and the damage from the airplane impacts brought down the three buildings. This theory explains none of the features of the destruction that we all witnessed that day and which we can still observe on hundreds of videos. It explains nothing about how in four out of four cases, no hijacking code was transmitted by the hijacked airliners, and in four of four cases, no fighter jets managed to get alongside any of the hijacked airliners. The military officers who lied to Congress about their failure to protect America would have been referred for prosecution by some of the 9/11 Commissioners, but those Commissioners were told that they did not have that authority. The events of that day were a heinous crime against our nation and our citizens, and the sense of justice that exists in each one of us demands to know what really happened and how all the perpetrators will be caught and punished. The speculation and theorizing won’t end until a thorough, transparent investigation, free of conflicts of interest, takes place.

Among the many theories that you can find on the Internet is one that rises above all the rest. It is rock-solid, confirmed by hard evidence, and supported by hundreds of scholars, architects, engineers and other professionals who have the education, training, and expertise to know what they’re talking about. This is the theory that explosive demolitions brought down the Twin Towers and Building 7. I’ve placed a handout on each of your desks which has a photo of one of the towers as it begins to collapse. I’d like you to take a look at that photo, if you will. Notice in the picture that you see steel beams being flung outward from the building, and great huge clouds of dust that is actually pulverized concrete. A building that falls down, doesn’t pulverize itself into dust as it drops. Imagine dropping a chunk of concrete 30 feet or more. Is it going to fall apart into dust? No. Yet, the concrete in the towers was blasted into powder that covered all of Manhattan. You can see that powder already being formed long before that upper section has fallen more than a few floors. As you look at that photo, ask yourself, “Is this a picture of a building collapsing or is this a picture of a building exploding?” Does a building that collapses have the ability to fling its own steel beams sideways up to 600 feet? Does a building that is just starting to collapse blast its contents outwards in a massive cloud of dust? What do you see in that photo? I see an explosion. And so do millions of other people who are demanding a real investigation.

More important than simply looking at a photo -- engineers, architects, and scientists have evaluated the rubble at Ground Zero and other aspects of the buildings ,and they have found evidence of at least 15 different characteristics of explosion. These 15 characteristics are listed on the handout as well.

Despite the media’s outragious attacks on my sanity, intelligence, and patriotism, the emails and phone calls to my office have been 95 percent supportive of my request for a new investigation. I’ve been amazed, really, to see just how overwhelmingly the public rejects the official reports, not only of the 9/11 Commission but also those by FEMA and NIST (National Institute of Science and Technology). I assumed that expressing skepticism about the official story of 9/11 would be a punishing issue for an elected official, but I’m finding that it’s quite the opposite. The public wants its leaders to stand up and be counted when it appears that something is wrong. "The truth will set you free." Blair Gadsby and my guests today want the the truth about 9/11. The American PEOPLE want the truth about 9/11 – they want a new investigation, and so do I.

I have provided each of you with a DVD entitled, "Improbable Collapse." I’m hopeful that you will watch it with an open mind and that you’ll also study some of the wonderful, well-researched articles on the internet. I’ve included a list of the most credible websites with your handout.

You don’t have to embrace every theory about 9/11. Indeed, there are some that should be soundly rejected. But if you believe, as these scientists, architects and engineers do, that the buildings were brought down by explosive demolition – then you must also agree that we need a new investigation. I have no preconceived notions about who did it and I am not pointing the finger of blame at anyone. But I do think that the worst attack on U.S. soil in American history deserves the best investigation possible, AND THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN UNTIL PEOPLE LIKE US BEGIN TO SPEAK OUT. The families of the nearly three thousand people who died on Sept. 11 – and the families of those who have been poisoned and died from the toxic residue that hung in the air for weeks afterward during the clean-up operation -- deserve to know what killed their loved ones. If anyone else was involved in the planning and implementation of the attacks, then they need to be brought to justice. I ask you to study the material I have given you and then join me in the call for a new investigation.

Thank you, Mr. President.

Oooh, look - controlled demolitions!


b. j. edwards said...

Tis a pitty that you intend to throw your life away Mr. Hanover:

Pilots for 9/11 Truth
Posted By Pinch

Time to shine a light in the corner of the "9/11 Truth Movement" and watch the cockroaches scurry.

The aviation part of this wacky "9/11 Truth" soup sandwich is a coterie of idiotic moonbats who call themselves "Pilots for 9/11 Truth". Led by the head moonbat, a supposed former airline pilot named Rob Balsamo (below), this Rob_balsamob_4_220_jpg80 group of beyond-the-fringe whack-jobs claim the US government was behind the 9/11 aircraft attacks on the WTC and that the attacks on the Pentagon and the crash of United 93 in Shanksville never happened as advertised. In other words, they claim that explosives and/or fake aircraft or remote controlled aircraft were used or, in the case of the Pentagon, a "flyover" occurred vice actual aircraft impacts - you get the idea. Come up with the wackiest, most outlandish, most incredible scenario and it has been put forth and embraced by many of these fools. They also claim moon-bases-on-the-dark-side-of-the-moon believers among their ranks. Great start, guys, when looking for credibility.

I know many of you here and over on the Instapinch have counseled me before - don't give them the publicity they are looking for; you are only encouraging them. I understand all that, but to be honest, when they go to the lengths they go to (albeit in their extremely small world) to malign and indict the military and civilians who were involved that day as co-conspirators in this most horrid of events, it does get my teeth grinding. Those aviators who did get airborne and those controllers who tried to make sense of that most challenging day in their lives, both professionally as well as personally, need to be examined in their true light - these men and women did one helluva job and they very well should be praised, not pilloried or accused of being conspirators in mass murder.

I don't want anyone thinking this is just some huge digital pissing contest I have with some crazies on the net. I just have some real problems with these people when I am accused, by association, of being part of some grand conspiracy to kill thousands of Americans and others on 9/11.

So, derision and embarrassment in the school of public humiliation of the best I can do. This won't be an ongoing thing here at Blackfive. I'll save the rest of my plinking of these barreled fish over at the Instapinch's Moonbat category..

The basic thesis of these fools is that the official story of 9/11 is not what actually happened, hence the abused word "Truth" in their name. What they are slow to admit, though, is what they actually DO believe - and that is the US government and military and civilian command structure and the media are all in cahoots and complicit in the planning and execution of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Again, many won't come right out and state this, but it is indeed what they are about.Card186lf_2

What is their "proof"? What is their "evidence"? Convoluted and twisted circumlocution of cherry-picked witness statements that are then further gnarled and gerrymandered into a misshapen pretzel of lexicology that in no way, shape or form comes even remotely close to resembling the original intent. Out and out lying, as well, is in their kit bag. They'll throw together some slick, polished verbiage of aeronautical acronyms and many of those uneducated in the facts of aviation will fall for it.

Who are they? Their members are a veritable cornucopia of 9/11 moronic moonbattery - a "Who's Who in the Moonbat Zoo". This link talks about some of them. What scares me is that I might have flown in a civilian airliner they might have been at the controls of.

Tinfoilhatidiotd How jacked up on idiot juice are these people? One CLASSIC example of the quality of mind that makes up their members is one John Lear (left), son of the famous Lear jet designer. I would link to him, but there is so much of his absolute nonsense out there, you can find it yourself. A typical exchange about him might go something like this:

Pilot for Truth Moron: And John Lear is part of our team!

Innocent Newbie: Wow, THE John Lear? He must know airplanes!

PfTM: He sure does! Son of THE Lear jet designer! Over 19,000 pilot hours! Flown over 100 different types of airplanes! Has had every certificate ever known to man (or the FAA) regarding aircraft!

IN: Wow! You guys sure have some high-caliber people on your team!

PfTM: We sure do!

IN: Well, if John Lear is part of your team, you guys MUST be right!

PfTM: We sure are!

IN: So, if John Lear says no airplanes hit the World Trade Center and that it was missiles and pre-set explosives that cause the damage and that holograms were used to fool the thousands of people that saw the airplanes impact and that airliners can't fly at 500 or even 400 knots and even an hyper-experienced pilot like himself could NEVER hit the WTC towers and that that there are mining structures on the dark side of the moon that are extracting helium from the inner core and that special moon rockets that take only an hour to travel the 250,000 miles to the moon have been launching from Antarctica for decades and that aliens told us not to return to the moon and the United States government has been in business with little gray extraterrestrials for about 20 years, I guess he IS a smart guy!

PfTM: Ummm...yeah!

You oughta hear what Lear's explanation is regarding why the Apollo program stopped at "17" when it did:

Right! We were told to stay away - we were given that edict by the aliens - they said, "You will NOT come back here - and ... i'm not sure exactly which particular Apollo series it was and we said, "Look! We've got all these Saturn 5's - it will be hard to keep that from the public," and they said "Okay! - one or two more and 'that's it!" Apollo 17 was the lsat (sic)one and the NASA excuse was , "We don't have any more funding and we can't do it and they have - still had 3 remaining Saturn 5's fueled and ready to go and they were 18, 19, and 20.

Yeah! *This* is the quality of mind that makes up the PfT herd.

What DO they believe? Well, depending on what part of the "Truth" movement you talk to: cruise missiles were used instead of airplanes; the airplanes were indeed airplanes but were remote-controlled; the airplanes fired a missile into the buildings a nanosecond before impact; the airplanes had special pods attached to their undercarriage; the airplanes had "forward spraying fuel sprayers" installed to help enhance the explosion of jet fuel; there were NO AIRPLANES AT ALL; it was a Global Hawk; it was an F-16; it was an A-3 Skywarrior; it was a painted-up KC-135 Tanker aircraft; it2267411982_5b46417e12 was a UAV; it was an Israeli UAV; it was done with holograms; there were missiles fired from the Woolworth Building in NYC; pre-set charges blew the holes in the WTC to LOOK like an airplane hit; the media (ALL the media) is in on the charade; the aircraft/missiles/whatever were invisible; the videos are all fake; the passengers never existed; the passengers existed but were loaded up onto another aircraft which was flown out over the Atlantic and was shot down; the passengers are living in exile somewhere; the steel melted; the steel didn't melt; the steel didn't melt or buckle, it was cut by thermite; it wasn't thermite, it was thermate; it was a bomb in a truck carried up in an elevator; controlled demolition is what brought the buildings down; a small nuclear bomb is what brought the towers down; lasers are what brought the towers down; a particle beam from low earth orbit is what brought the towers down; the plane flew OVER the Pentagon instead of hitting it; the plane used vectored thrust to avoid hitting the Pentagon; the plane avoided the Pentagon and flew over the south parking; subterranean howitzers popped up and fired at the Pentagon. Like I said earlier, come up with the most outlandish, wackiest idea and it's been thought of.

Their forums are all alike - Loose Change, Pentacon, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Architects for 9/11 Truth, Clear_propVeterinarians for 9/11 Truth, Proctologists for 9/11 Truth, Limo Drivers for 9/11 Truth, Truck Drivers for 9/11 Truth, whatever. They'll ban anyone in a heartbeat if you make any sort of counter-factual argument and their reason will be "Debate in the discussion forum!" or "Discussion in the debate forum!" or "Saying stuff we don't like!". Debate is impossible with them. Facts to them are "government lies" and even personal experience is nothing more than "lies" coming from a "government shill". Anything - ANYTHING that does not conform to their warped view of things is a lie and if you do not conform to their warped view of things, you are a liar.

For all their Internet blustering, though, these clowns will never, ever take any of their claims to court because primarily they lack the power of their convictions to really think they could get anywhere with their claims. Plus, their data and claims would never, ever survive professional scrutiny. I've lost count of the number of breathless - BREATHLESS claims of "I have so much evidence I could take them to court right now!" or "This will blow the case wide open!" on certain elements of the 9/11 attacks, but when query "Why aren't you?" you get the standard responses - either a spewing of an indignant "Who do you think you are?" or an immediate entry into the classic excuse matrix - "My dog died" or "My cat coughed up a hairball" or "I can't take the time" or "I have a day job" or "Nobody cares" or "I need to get a haircut". They'll tell you they hold the key - the very answer - to the most heinous crime in recorded history yet won't do anything about it but sit on a web page and hurl baseless accusations at the military or civilians involved in this.

When you try to point out that, if they are as right they claim to be, this is the worst mass-murder at a single time in the history of the world and how can they POSSIBLY remain quiet, they remain unswayed. Bottom line of what they are doing? Its no more than a scam to sell cute little woman's cap sleeve baby-doll tee-shirts for that special little co-pilot in your life or to grab yourself a sporty ball cap, complete with the breathtaking "Pilots for 9/11 Truth!" logo handsomely emblazoned on it. Actually doing something would put what little bit of a cash-cow to bed. As Balsamo points out in a recent post of his lecturing someone who has a pilot buddy who wants to remain anonymous:

"Tell him to step up, or step off. His words mean nothing to anyone if he isnt willing to step up to the plate. Whats worse, is his words mean nothing to himself".

Advice that Balsamo himself doesn't seem to heed - preferring to hide behind a web page, scramming money from people for the aforementioned tee shirts and ball caps and shoddy DVDs produced in a basement garage somewhere. Instead of heading to the moonbat-friendly 9th District Court in San Fran to obtain an indictment for mass murder of every breathing human being in or vaguely associated with the US government, he is content to sit on his ass and rake in money. He is a charlatan, and his "group of pilots" are boneheaded morons.

I've been accused by these fools of being a "fraud" or a "teenager in my parent's basement", which would no doubt come as a big surprise to my parents. All that is fine, as far as I'm concerned. I have absolutely no desire to earn neither their respect nor establish any level of credibility with them.

Like I said - cockroaches, with Balsamo being the biggest.

DenturesIn the big scheme of things, I'm really not worried about these idiots. Their world consists of a small, inner-breeding group of weak-minded morons who lack the ability to understand complex events in life, so they seek out an easier answer - one that won't tax their brains, and if they can toss in their favorite boogey-man (in this case the entire Bush administration), so much the better.

I know I've thrown around a fair number of pretty disparaging epithets in this post - morons, idiots, fools, whack-jobs - and that will turn many of you off. I'm sorry if that offends anyone, but there's something about a shoe and if it fits. Plus, they want exposure! So the more exposure I can give them, the more people will realize what absolute dolts these people are.

I've spent most of my life either in the company of or working with the military and civilian men and women of this nation who dedicate their lives to her people and our freedom. I have absolutely zero tolerance for those fools like Rob Balsamo and his "gaggle of wankers" (as one Brit poster aptly named them) who exist merely to cast obscene accusations of despicable intentions. Balsamo, you are one SOB.

hANOVER fIST said...

I'm not entirely sure why you responded to this posting, rather than to any of the myriad postings that I've presented - this was Senator Karen Johnson's floor I will respond in kind.

From WRH's letters page - a pretty good quote from Lee Iacocca.

"Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the heck is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'Stay the course'

Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America , not the damned 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the bums out!'

You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq , the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving 'pom-pom's' instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of the 'AMERICA' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How about you?

I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis ! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C's of leadership, crisis being the first.)

Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A Hell of a Mess So here's where we stand. We're immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving. We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the country. We're losing the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs. Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a coherent energy policy. Our schools are in trouble. Our borders are like sieves. The middle class is being squeezed every which way These are times that cry out for leadership.

But when you look around, you've got to ask:'Where have all the leaders gone?' Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo? We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.

Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina. Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the hurricane, or demanding accountability for the decisions that were made in the crucial hours after the storm.

Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn't happen again. Now, that's just crazy. Storms happen. Deal with it. Make a plan. Figure out what you're going to do the next time.

Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when 'The Big Three' referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more important, what are we going to do about it?

Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.

I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn't elect you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on Fox News will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?

Had Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope I believe in America . In my lifetime I've had the privilege of living through some of AMERICA's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises: the 'Great Depression', 'World War II', the 'Korean War', the 'Kennedy Assassination', the 'Vietnam War', the 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating with 9/11.

If I've learned one thing, it's this:

'You don't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. Whether it's building a better car or building a better future for our children, we all have a role to play. That's the challenge I'm raising in this book. It's a call to 'Action' for people who, like me, believe in America . It's not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So let's shake off the crap and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had 'enough.'"

'Nuff said!

b. j. edwards said...

You need long-time psychological care, hanover. Don't put it off any longer.

Get help now.