Explosive Evidence at WTC Cited by Former CDI Employee

Darcy Wearing, Richard Gage, AIA | AE911Truth.org

Having had the privilege of speaking with Tom Sullivan, an actual explosive-charge placement technician, we have some new insights to pass along as to how controlled demolition works, where it started, and the effect that 9/11 had on the demolition industry. Sullivan gained his experience as an employee of the leading firm in this field, Controlled Demolition, Inc. (CDI).  Sullivan stresses though “I do not in anyway represent CDI and what I have to say is based on my own experience and training,”

 

Sullivan attended high school with Doug Loizeaux of the Loizeaux family. The Loizeaux family, through the father Jack, independently started the whole controlled-demolition industry and turned it into a highly profitable business. Sullivan, before he became connected to CDI, was an independent photographer during his early years in Maryland. He would be sent to CD sites and take still pictures of the jobs.  He became infatuated with the CD industry. The time came when he would do both, being the placer of the “cutter charges” on the primary joints, and photographing the jobs for promoting the business. Soon he would switch to full-time employee status of CDI — as verified by AE911Truth’s verification team.

“It was very interesting, but also very hard work, long hours, especially in the cold weather,” Sullivan reflects. He stated that the days began early, around 6 a.m., and they would work until the sun was down. Sullivan had the experience of preparing a building by placing the cutter charges throughout the primary joints, and then, of course, watching it all come down.

 

Sullivan notes that many weeks are required to “prep,” or weaken the buildings before demolitions. Steel frame buildings don’t just fall into their footprints at free-fall without major work throughout the building – even some before the placement of explosives.  Sullivan emphasized as an aside, “Fire cannot bring down steel-framed high rises — period.”

 

One of Sullivan’s most exciting jobs was the colossal Kingdome in whose reinforced concrete structure he personally placed hundreds of deadly explosive charges.

Working for CDI was, Sullivan stated, “a very unique experience.”  He also said, “they were a close-knit family — referring to the familial values of the Loizeauxs.” “I learned from watching,” said Sullivan. “There is no school that will teach you this, just hands on hard work.” Sullivan took hundreds of project photos, through which he developed a deep passion for the trade.

When asked, what made CDI the best in the business, he commented, “their family had all the experience because they ’invented’ the art of CD. They spent years traveling around the world, showing and educating people how this art form works.”

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Article over at TheHill.com

David DeGraw | Alternet.orgFour ways to see the true drivers of current wars around the world.Editor’s Note With so many problems in the USA, it’s no easy job to single out a handful of the most important, priority issues. But the enormous pile of wasted money spent on wars and the military-industrial complex has to be right at the top. Not only is the money spent an enormous destructive waste, but there’s also the question of opportunity cost; just a fraction of war money could make major improvements to health care, schools and universities, and our decaying public infrastructure. The release of the Pentagon’s Quadrennal Defense Review indicates that Obamaintends to spend even more on war. David DeGraw’s article below sheds some light on the madness of war spending and the serious attempts made by the racketeers to make our wars self-perpetuating to keep the cash rolling in; infuriating as it is sickening. 

A few recent news items help expose the true drivers of current wars around the world.

#1) Wherever there is a war, look for CIA/IMF/private military war profiteers covertly funding and supporting BOTH sides in order to keep the wars raging and the profits rolling in. As former CIA Station Chief John Stockwell explained: “Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the US military machine to turn.”

Here’s an important glimpse of truth to seep through last week in the NY Times, via Raw Story:

US-backed ‘bribes’ in Afghanistan may be funding Taliban

On June 7, the day Afghanistan became America’s longest-ever war, the New York Times reported on an ongoing investigation poised to prove that private security companies “are using American money to bribe the Taliban” to fuel combat and thus enhance demand for their services. The news follows a “series of events last month that suggested all-out collusion with the insurgents,” the Times said.

“The American people are paying to prop up a corrupt government that may be using our money to pay private companies to drum up business by paying the insurgents to attack our troops,” [Kucinich] said…. The Times interviewed a NATO official in Kabul who “believed millions of dollars were making their way to the Taliban.”  (more…)

Daniel Tencer | RawStory.com

The Pentagon’s spy unit has quietly begun to rebuild a database for tracking potential terrorist threats that was shut down after it emerged that it had been collecting information on American anti-war activists.

The Defense Intelligence Agency filed notice this week that it plans to create a new section called Foreign Intelligence and Counterintelligence Operation Records, whose purpose will be to “document intelligence, counterintelligence, counterterrorism and counternarcotic operations relating to the protection of national security.”

But while the unit’s name refers to “foreign intelligence,” civil liberties advocates and the Pentagon’s own description of the program suggest that Americans will likely be included in the new database.

FICOR replaces a program called Talon, which the DIA created in 2002 under then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as part of the counterterrorism efforts following the 9/11 attacks. It was disbanded in 2007 after it emerged that Talon had retained information on anti-war protesters, including Quakers, even after it was determined they posed no threat to national security.

DIA spokesman Donald Black told Newsweek that the new database would not include the more controversial elements of the old Talon program. But Jeff Stein at the Washington Postreports that the new program will evidently inherit the old Talon database.

“Why the new depository would want such records while its parent agency no longer has a law enforcement function could not be learned,” Stein reports. “Nor could it be learned whether the repository will include intelligence reports on protest groups gathered by its predecessor.”

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More info at our Meetup 

Be a part of change. See the real changes you want to see in the world. Let’s awaken the masses to the truth of 9/11.
Let’s awaken everyone to the fact we have been lied to and we continue to be lied to. Gather at Westlake Market at 10:30. Bring your voice (megaphone or not), signs, books, banners, flyers, dvds, etc. Bring your videocamera and let’s get some footage!

COME SPREAD THE TRUTH TO THE MASSES!!

Bill Willers | OpEdNews.com 

 

“Those who subscribe to conspiracy theories may create serious risks, including risks of violence.

–Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule, 2008, “Conspiracy Theories”

 

Attacks directed at the 9/11 Truth Movement are on the increase as the Movement grows globally, drawing ever more from technical, scientific, intelligence and military communities. While earlier criticism aimed only to insult and trivialize, more recent attacks have suggested stronger, even militant reaction.

 

Efforts to neutralize the 9/11 Truth Movement now involve describing a common “conspiratorial thinking” that essentially renders all conspiracy theories equally fallacious. By association, such a premise places one who cannot accept an official story replete with blatant lies into the company of vacuous fringe groups. A case in point is the new (2010) and widely advertised book “Voodoo Histories” in which David Aaronovitch, a “political journalist”, frets about the “seditious role” conspiracies play and the”shadow armies” of the Internet that allow for “9/11 revisionism”.

 

While Aaronovitch makes the empty claim that conspiracists are guilty of “exaggeration of the status of experts”, heavoids referencing the 1200+ Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, orthe likes ofDr. Robert Bowman, head of the “Star Wars” program under two presidents; Francesco Cossiga, former president of Italy; Dr. Alan Sabrosky, former Director of Studies at the U.S. Army War College; Andreas von Bulow, former Secretary of Germany’s Federal Defense Ministry; General Leonid Ivanshov, former Chief of Staff of Russian’s Armed Forces; Ronald D. Ray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration, and hundreds more of like credibility and authority. It is simply not believable that a competent journalist dealing with this subject could be unaware of them, since their positions have been public for many years.

 

Likewise, law professors Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule, whose article “Conspiracy Theories” centers on 9/11, intermingle 9/11 Truth with beliefs involving such as faked moon landings and global warming denials.http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1084585.

Throughout, they express such fear of the “harmful” 9/11Truth Movement that they prescribe “cognitive infiltration” by governmental agents. Because they use”theorist” and “extremist” interchangeably, it is not difficult in this era of the Patriot Act to envision scenarios in which governmental infiltration goes beyond the merely cognitive, should the Truth Movement make it necessary. Sunstein was made head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OMB) after authoring this article and is considered a contender for the Supreme Court.

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/03/26/court/index.html

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Peter Thorne | ChicagoTribune.comJudi Reiss is a self-described former ‘Mama for Obama’ who says she fondly remembers spending many weekends in Pennsylvania going door to door to help get President Obama elected. She voted for the President, but is now feeling “abandoned and betrayed” and says she won’t vote for him again because of how she thinks the White House is handling the ‘War on Terror’.For Judi the last straw came with the recent nomination of longtime Washington lawyer James Cole to be the Deputy US Attorney General. If confirmed Cole would be number two at the Department of Justice and play a key role in how suspected terrorists are prosecuted. For Judi that would amount to a massive conflict of interest.Reiss’s son Joshua worked for Cantor/Fitzgerald and was killed during the terror attacks of September 11th. Now she’s a member of 9/11 Families for a Safe and Stronger America. A watchdog group of people who lost family and friends in the terror attacks. The group is now going public to protest James Cole’s nomination.Judi says she’s alarmed that when Cole was a lawyer in private practice he chose to defend Prince Naif Bin Adbulaziz Al Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of 9/11 families and insurance companies after allegations surfaced suggesting the Prince and others had been involved in financing terrorism. (more…)

James Risen | NYTimes.com 

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.

The vast scale of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed, American officials said.

While it could take many years to develop a mining industry, the potential is so great that officials and executives in the industry believe it could attract heavy investment even before mines are profitable, providing the possibility of jobs that could distract from generations of war.

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Susan Edelman | NYPost.com

World Trade Center rescue and cleanup workers with post-9/11 cancer could still get far less compensation than responders with respiratory disease, a snub that may spur many to reject a new proposed settlement, they say.

Those disabled by severe asthma may collect as much as $1 million, but the estimated maximum payment for those with most tumor cancers is $25,000, for lung and other respiratory cancers $100,000, and for blood cancers like leukemia $320,000.

“Millions for asthma? They can have my cancer and I’ll take their breathing problems,” one worker fumed.
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Joan Lowy | AP Yahoo

Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure’s on to allow them in the skies over the United States.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforcement functions but has been hesitant to act. Officials are worried that they might plow into airliners, cargo planes and corporate jets that zoom around at high altitudes, or helicopters and hot airballoons that fly as low as a few hundred feet off the ground.

On top of that, these pilotless aircraft come in a variety of sizes. Some are as big as a small airliner, others the size of a backpack. The tiniest are small enough to fly through a house window.

The obvious risks have not deterred the civilian demand for pilotless planes. Tornado researchers want to send them into storms to gather data. Energy companies want to use them to monitor pipelines. State police hope to send them up to capture images of speeding cars’ license plates. Local police envision using them to track fleeing suspects.

Like many robots, the planes have advantages over humans for jobs that are dirty, dangerous or dull. And the planes often cost less than piloted aircraft and can stay aloft far longer.

“There is a tremendous pressure and need to fly unmanned aircraft in (civilian) airspace,” Hank Krakowski, FAA’s head of air traffic operations, told European aviation officials recently. “We are having constant conversations and discussions, particularly with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, to figure out how we can do this safely with all these different sizes of vehicles.”

There are two types of unmanned planes: Drones, which are automated planes programmed to fly a particular mission, and aircraft that are remotely controlled by someone on the ground, sometimes from thousands of miles away.

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Jon Swaine and Robert Winnett | Telegraph.co.uk 

Tony Hayward cashed in about a third of his holding in the company one month before a well on the Deepwater Horizon rig burst, causing an environmental disaster.

Mr Hayward, whose pay package is £4 million a year, then paid off the mortgage on his family’s mansion in Kent, which is estimated to be valued at more than £1.2 million.

There is no suggestion that he acted improperly or had prior knowledge that the company was to face the biggest setback in its history.

His decision, however, means he avoided losing more than £423,000 when BP’s share price plunged after the oil spill began six weeks ago.

Since he disposed of 223,288 shares on March 17, the company’s share price has fallen by 30 per cent. About £40 billion has been wiped off its total value. The fall has caused pain not just for BP shareholders, but also for millions of company pension funds and small investors who have money held in tracker funds.

The spill, which has still not been stemmed, has caused a serious environmental crisis and is estimated to cost BP up to £40 billion to clean up.

There was growing confidence yesterday that a new cap placed over the well was stemming the oil flow. An estimated three million litres a day had been pouring into the sea off the coast of Louisiana since the April 20 explosion, damaging marine life.

The crisis has enraged US politicians, with President Obama yesterday forced to cancel a trip to Indonesia amid a row over the White House’s response.

Mr Hayward, whose position is thought to be under threat, risked further fury by continuing plans to pay out a dividend to investors next month.

Editorial | NYTimes.com 

Some of the Sept. 11 commission’s most glaring warnings about gaps in homeland security continue to be ignored six years after they were hailed as indispensable to the defense against terrorism.

Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, the chairman and vice chairman of the commission, recently reminded the nation of crucial unfinished business. Perhaps most mind-boggling in these days of relentless communications is the continuing inability of first responders to communicate with each other on common radio frequencies. Police officers and firefighters lost their lives in the attack on New York City precisely because of that.

Congress also has failed to improve its oversight of government intelligence by cutting back on the cacophony of 100-plus committees claiming jurisdiction. The risk that a terrorist might unleash toxic clouds endangering hundreds of thousands of lives is nearly as great today as it was before the 2001 attacks.

Instead of adopting strict, mandatory security measures, Congress, so far, has failed even to renew a list of voluntary precautions due to expire in October.

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Photos of Bilderberg 2010 posted over at Guardian.co.uk

Peter Phillips, Mickey Huff | ProjectCensored.org 

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” –Frederick Douglass

One continuing criticism of Project Censored is that we are a left leaning organization. Which is an interesting claim in that over 200 faculty and students from multiple disciplines and political orientations work with Project Censored each year.  Over 1,500 students have been trained in media research techniques since we began in 1976, and it would be hard to find a more mainstream, mostly Californian college student body.
Critical thinking and fact finding are not left leaning, they are the basis of democracy, and we proudly stand for the maximization of informed participatory democracy at the lowest possible level in society.  To this end, Project Censored supports social justice and media democracy in action.
The most common complaint about Project Censored is that we are more critical of powerful Republicans and conservatives than Democrats and liberals.  The second most often announced complaint that that we cover news stories that are really not “censored” or are part of some crazy conspiracy theory.

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We’ll be meeting at the Fremont Market and will purchase a table for the day from 10 am – 5 pm.

We will try to secure a spot outside but otherwise in the garage underneath The Red Door Tavern.

We’ll be handing out flyers to everyone and DVD’s for a suggested donation of $1.00. We’ll also have a laptop and projector available to show clips of WTC7 and other 9/11 highlights. Please bring any 9/11 and other truth teller books, signs and banners you may have to help decorate our table. And of course, wear your 9/11 Truth gear! Also please check the list below and RSVP with the items you can bring. Set-up for the market starts at 9AM and cars must be out of the vending area by 9:45, so please come early if you are able to bring a folding table.

See the map here

Items to bring (please note what you can bring in your RSVP):
1) Large Folding Table
2) Extension Cords
3) DVDs/Flyers
4) Truth Books (not necessarily 9/11 related)
5) Laptops
6) Projector, Pull-Up Movie Screen on Tripod
7) Small Boom Box
8) Signs/Banners to decorate table and pillars. (Can someone make a nice We Are Change Seattle banner?)
9) OPTIONAL: Tent/Canopy – if the weather is nice and we want to be outside instead of in the garage.. The disadvantage is there are no electrical outlets to power our laptops.
10) Folding Chairs – Make sure you bring one if you want to sit during the day

If you have any other ideas or suggestions for this event, please post them.

If you can’t do all day, please feel free to join us for part of the day and please note in your response approximately what times you plan to be there.

Richard Sisk | NYDailyNews.com 

Another 9/11 responder’s death prompted her family to plead Monday for federal funding to treat rescuers sickened by their work at Ground Zero.

Paula Rodriguez, 44, an FDNY emergency medical technician, died Sunday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Relatives contend Rodriguez’s fatal disease was linked to the many days she spent working in the toxic cloud over lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“If this government really cared, they would have done something years ago,” said Rodriguez’s niece Stacy Asencio-Sutphen.

Rodriguez, of Lindenhurst, L.I., the mother of two young boys, is among nearly 900 first responders to have died from an array of ailments traced to their service at the smoldering World Trade Center.

She had battled cancer since December 2009 and died waiting for Congress and the White House to pass a $5.1 billion program to provide health care for ill 9/11 first responders.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the so-called Zadroga bill last week by a 33-to-12 vote.

The bill – named after NYPD Detective James Zadroga, who died in 2006 from respiratory disease contracted at Ground Zero – now moves to the full House.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), reopens the federal victim compensation fund that closed at the end of 2003.

“This is no longer a coincidence. We’re no longer crying wolf,” said John Feal, head of the FealGood Foundation, a support group for ill responders.

Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.) said passage of the measure is long overdue.

“It’s only going to get worse,” said King. “These people were literally at war. They were warriors.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/06/01/2010-06-01_emts_death_spurs_new_aidbill_push.html?r=news%2Fpolitics&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nydnrss%2Fnews%2Fpolitics+%28News%2FPolitics%29#ixzz0pd23OK15