IN HONOR OF OUR VETERANS, WE CALL FOR TRUTH
Opinion/Editorial by Ashland Daily Tidings
November 11, 2006
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Anniversaries cause us to instinctively pause and reflect, just as our leg jolts forward after a well-positioned tap on the knee. In honor of our veterans — to whom we owe a debt we can never repay — the least we can do on this Veteran's Day is look back at the decisions made that sent our troops into battle, and the roles we played in those decisions. Perhaps upon reflection, our reaction may change.
The fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 served as the reflex hammer touch to the knee of American conscience. As the country attended memorials and revisited painful memories of 9/11, the reflection also opened our collective mind once again to the many unanswered questions, legitimate concerns and conflicting evidence in the official description of those events.
For us at the Daily Tidings the event served to open discussion among us about this complex subject, about the conspiracy theories that abound in Internet chats, blogs and so-called investigative reports and most importantly, the questions regarding the media's role in this ongoing issue.
A month later we have found very little we all agreed on. We especially disagree on the role of the media. Since the Tidings doesn't cover New York City, Washington, D.C. or the federal government, the ambiguity is shaded with absolution.
Nevertheless we are each members of the fourth estate, an essential conglomeration of individuals who adhere to professional guidelines, and who care passionately about this demanding and often thankless opus. With that membership — we can all agree on some level — comes a responsibility to giving the public the accurate information it needs to make informed decisions. Thus, somewhere in all the banter, we stumbled on one thing we at the Tidings' truly can agree on.
Apparently, we are not alone. Based on the results of this hallmark 2006 election, the American people are finally asking for change. They don't like our involvement in Iraq. They voted out many members of the party that put us there. Perhaps they are also ready to question the events and decisions that put us there as well. Perhaps they are ready to ask what really happened on Sept. 11.
We think so. And we call on our colleagues to join us in asking questions.
Every single American daily newspaper must demand of our congressional leaders and those in the executive branch that an independent council be formed to completely and thoroughly investigate the deaths of nearly 3,000 American citizens in the attack of 9/11 — an attack that took place on American soil.
Forget the conspiracy theories for a minute and set aside the political gamesmanship. We are a country that spent five years and $100 million investigating President Clinton. We probed the depths of the Iran-Contra scandal — a debacle that would have never come fully into the public eye had a special investigator not been appointed.
This administration has spent far more energy and time seeking the leak of Valerie Plame's identity and Barry Bonds' use of steroids than it has in fully explaining how three skyscrapers crumbled in an instant and nearly 3,000 people were killed. While an independent investigation may never fully answer every question, it will help to heal the wounds of this nation and widespread distrust of our leaders this attack has caused.
This historic tragedy ranks among the worst days in American history. We owe it to every American — but especially those who do battle on our behalf at the behest of our leaders — to spare no expense and allow no party loyalty to dissuade us. The government works for us. If it failed us, either in malfeasance or incompetence, then we must know that. If our current actions around the world are shaped by misinformation, we must know that too. Finally, if what we now believe to be true is only further proven, we would do well to hear the evidence that confirms it. If the government's version of the events of that day are absolutely true, then scrutiny will amplify that truth and lay to rest the skepticism that remains to this day.
If, however, the questions that remain serve to shed light on new information, that too serves the public. And it is the responsibility of this trusted media industry to dig, probe, investigate and uncover the truth behind government events and decisions that impact the public. On this Veterans Day, we can do no less on behalf of the brave men and women who have been sent to the Middle East based upon rationale that stems directly from the events of 9/11. While we pay homage to all veterans of the Armed Forces today, we are reminded of our duty to watch closely those leaders in the White House and Congress who make the decisions to send our troops to war.
We invite every single American daily newspaper to join us in our demand for an independent council to completely and thoroughly investigate the deaths of nearly 3,000 American citizens in the attacks of 9/11.
America will be better informed, and this is our job.
Yes, I agree completely, and thank you for your call. If this line of questioning, if the fourth estate reclaiming its job to be independent of political affiliations and corporate ownership, is another result of Tuesday's election results, then there is much to be hopeful for in this country again.
bruce bayard - ashland oregon - November 11th, 1:16 PM
While this editorial doesn't explicitly endorse the ludicrous conspiracy theories that 9/11 was an "inside job", it at least panders to them. Give it a rest. We know what we need to know about 9/11, Islamic militants staged a dasdardly attack on America. The focus ought to be on the response.
JoMama - Seattle, Washington - November 11th, 1:19 PM
Partisan and conspiracy shtick aside, we desperately need to know the truth about those events. The investigation was woefully inadequate and the people have a right to know what actually happened. You can't really argue against that.
Thanks for your courageous editorial.
Drew Miazga - Seattle, WA - November 11th, 1:31 PM
Thanks to the Daily Tidings for having the integrity to call for a full investigation of the 9/11 events- something that many 9/11 victim's family members, a growing number of current/former government officials and other people with reputations and standing in the community, and 45% of Americans are calling for- and this despite endless propaganda from the media and government that all the important questions have been settled. The fact is, we don't know what happened, and we should.
Erik Larson - Rancho Cucamonga, CA - November 11th, 1:32 PM
Thanks for publishing this. I love my town!
John Palombo ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) - Ashland - November 11th, 2:24 PM
I thoroughly agree. There are so many unanswered questions about that day that leave many of us perplexed and distressed. Heavily-reinforced steel buildings don't just evaporate before our eyes without tremendous energy destroying them. Now, whether that comes from fires, or from other means remains to be conclusively proven. This begs the simple question. When have other steel skyscrapers ever fallen due to fire before as the official report claims? Many people did not hear of WTC7 (47 fl.
Steve Bishop - Boise, Idaho - November 11th, 2:36 PM
How can the following issues be explained?
* dozens of gagged FBI whistleblowers,
* hijackers stay in the US on expired visas,
* hijackers shared flats with US intelligence personnel,
* Pensacola naval base story,
* NORAD drills training for hijacked airliners exactly on 9/11,
* ISI link,
* Dean of the Defense Language School,
* terrorists partying on republican casino boats,
* 100s of govt officials say "inside job",
* Mineta testimony,
* Bush not escorted out of the school,
Google for it!
Curtis Piper - New York - November 11th, 2:39 PM
That is good news. If we had an honest media and an educated citizenry the official conspiracy theory would have been exposed a long time ago.
It's very simple - the "collapses" of the WTC Buildings exhibited all the features of a controlled demolition you can't mimic that with fire and gravity.
NIST, who produced the definitive government on the report of the towers did not address the "structural behavior of the Towers after conditions for collapse initiation were reached."
herbert smith ( email@example.com ) - utica, ny - November 11th, 3:20 PM
I couldn't agree more. It's time for a real investigation that deals with the real facts. An investigation that looks at why in the history of the world no steel frame building has ever collapsed from fire, but on 9/11 three separate buildings collapse from fire and all were owned by Larry Silverstein. Why does a building turn to dust so quickly after being purchased by Silverstein? Coincidence? The time has come for us to get real!
Rick Wilson - Beverly Hills, CA - November 11th, 3:55 PM
At last! An american Newspaper voicing the feelings of many millions. Much of the world is waiting for the truth to come out, and the only way forward is to force a true independent Investigation.
Steve Poacher - London, UK - November 11th, 4:05 PM
This is a historical event. The first newspaper to show balls regarding 9/11.
Ashraf - Hannover, Germany - November 11th, 4:23 PM
The blanket of fear of this administration has been torn asunder by this election. For the first time since 9/11/01 a media publication has placed the quest for truth and justice ahead of journalist blather. It is those that resisit the need for openness and accountability whose patriotism should be questioned. Lies flourish in the darkness, but can't survive the light of truth. This election is clarion call to restore the light of liberty.
Les Fredette - N. Stonington, CT - November 11th, 4:46 PM
While it's true that we don't know what happened on 9/11, we do know what didn't happen. A non-biased inspection of evidence already in the public domain shows that the government's myth about 9/11 doesn't match the facts. Breaking the spell around this topic is the hard part. So thank you to the Daily Tidings for having the courage to call for an investigation. Once you are able to look at this dispassionately for yourself, seeing that the facts don't match the story is the easy part.
Eli Dumitru ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) - Medford, OR - November 11th, 4:58 PM
Thank you for your thoughtful and well-reasoned comments on the need for a new, independent investigation of the events of 9/11. The struggle within your ranks - a struggle each of us experiences as we try to come to terms with thought that our government could have been compicit - gives courage to those who are afraid to approach this life-changing understanding. You have enabled people to study and evaluate the available information with the knowledge that others have struggled similarly.
Steve Dondanville - Ridgefield, WA - November 11th, 5:06 PM
In America, one is innocent until proven guilty. There is ample evidence to suggest that elements within our Government were complicit in the attacks. Let's have a new investigation, and see if anyone is guilty of those allegations. One can not ignore the obvious cover ups regarding the attacks of 9/11, and the United States Government. Why is it acceptable that they even HAVE cover-ups regarding the attacks of 9/11? It's time to learn the truth, and hold those responsible, accountable.
Jon Gold - Plymouth Meeting, PA - November 11th, 5:08 PM
Thank you, Ashland, it is so good to see an article on 9/11 in mainstream media. Beyond the crime itself is the denial by the corporate media. There are many ex-military, CIA, etc. in the truth movement, yet our existence is denied. We must accept that denial of controlled demolitions by the media is intentional because of where it would lead, both people that know the truth and nations involved. Silverstein knew, as did Giualani, and dozens of others, hundreds, all members of Congress?
Thank you, patriots
lalo gutierrez - Chico,CA - November 11th, 5:21 PM
I agree. We must reexamine the events of 9/11. There are many unanswered questions, especially how WTC Towers 1, 2, & Building 7 which was not hit by a plane, all came down in a controlled demolition fashion. For those who wish to look into this line of argument, I recommend watching 911 Mysteries on Google video or Loose Change which counters the official narrative. We owe it to those who perished that day and in the subsequent wars on both sides. It is our patriotic duty to question authority.
Sam Lwin - Elmhurst, NY - November 11th, 6:01 PM
As a former resident of Ashland, I must say that I`m proud to have lived in such a progressive place. I saw your call to further investigate 9/11 on the MSN internet group Big Daddys Cafe, on which we have been discussing this matter for the last 5 yrs., and have been extremely disappointed that there has not been a peep out of the timid MSM about this, the most important issue of our time. Please keep up the good work in persuing the truth, we`re counting on you. Please join our group. Bless you
Barbara Wasenius - St. Augustine, FL - November 11th, 6:06 PM
"We know what we need to know about 9/11, Islamic militants staged a dasdardly attack on America.
Your proclaiming a parties guilt, so prove it. This editorial is merely calling for an independent investigation. If the party your claiming is responsible for the attacks is indeed responsible, an investigation will prove that as a fact. Why does a new investigation intimidate you to the point of concealing your identity?
Andy White - San Diego, CA - November 11th, 6:19 PM
Thanks for putting this out there. The gov't line is utterly bogus. We know they trained whatever "hijackers" there actually were down in Florida on those cruise ships! An inside job, like OKC and on and on.
n/a - U.S.A. - November 11th, 6:33 PM
See the Forum topic by the same name at
http://www.dailytidingsforum.com/index. ... owtopic=90
Don Quixote - Ashland, OR - November 11th, 7:15 PM
I watched a special on CNN about soldier named Mock. He seemed like a really good kid. Unfortunately he was killed on his 2nd (or perhaps 3rd) tour of duty. He had "Strength and Honor" tattooed on each arm. I cried. I cried because he was just another sacrifice by his own government. I cried because he had more strength and honor than our Command and Chief and our media.
It took real strength and honor to write this editorial. Thank you on behalf of all the innocent the victims.
AB Franklin - New Rochelle, NY - November 11th, 7:34 PM
Thank you for your willingness to state the obvious. A recent poll showed that 45% of Americans believe there has been a cover-up of the facts around 9/11. If that isn't enough to indicate that our media should support a genuine investigation, what percent would be?
The recent election is not enough to insure the safety of our democracy. A full investigation of 9/11 may show that if we would genuinely prevent terrorism, we must monitor our military-industrial complex far more attentively.
Marnia Robinson - Ashland - November 11th, 7:38 PM
There is integrity in looking for truth. Thank you for being the first to call for all newspapers to begin the quest for the accurate and overdue truth of 9/11.
Donna Scudder - Homer, Michigan - November 11th, 8:08 PM
The so called "9/11 Truth Movement" is itself not interested in the truth. They support people who didn't do any 9/11 research by themselves, they censor (911blogger.com), they ignore the fact of leftgatekeepers (neocrat baker coalition, anti-war leaders etc..) and they ignore the strong evidence on 9/11 TV Fakery.
This is what *we* call orwellian 9/11 Truthlings.
And this is also the only reason, why the truth doesn't come out. US Media is complicit anyway!
Nico Haupt - New York City - November 11th, 9:18 PM
It is inconceivable that anyone would disagree with what have written here. Thank you for making this request. Hopefully other newspapers will join you as they should. Actually this is not a should, it is a must!
JStewart - Austin TX - November 11th, 9:37 PM
Thank you for your courage - keep on pushing - walls can fall
Heiner Buecker - Berlin Germany - November 11th, 11:20 PM
We also need our fellow citizens to become OUR GOVERNMENT...run for office yourself...more info here http://www.fec.gov/ans/answers_candidate.shtml#register
VoteWoodson.com ( email@example.com ) - Oklahoma City, OK - November 12th, 12:29 AM
If you are skeptical about what happened on 9/11 please watch this !
beefree - narragasett rhode island - November 12th, 1:07 AM
I'd have to agree. I hope an independent investigation is done. I highly doubt we've been told the whole truth about what happened.
Lisa - Ashland - November 12th, 1:15 AM
yes most of the world believes the US government was involved in the attacks.
tom - Germany - November 12th, 1:50 AM
Thank you for running this story. I hope many join your call around the world and in the states!
Kind regards John Bursill, Sydney Australia.
John Bursill - NSW Australia - November 12th, 3:01 AM
No matter what side of the argument about a conspiracy you are on there is no denying the inadequacy of the investigation done. A new investigation should be done. Even if it's just to question the government. Which people seem to forget is job of a true patriot. Only sheep follow blindly.
Ron Morey ( Alaskaneagle77@hotmail.com ) - Lewiston, ID - November 12th, 3:34 AM
Thank you for the courage to print this type of editorial. There are so many reasons that the govt's official 911 story is woefully inadequate at best, and a complete cover-up of a despicable and evil event perpetrated by agents as yet unrevealed at its worst. If the pro-govt version people are so sure, how about a properly funded investigation with subpaeona powers and without a predetermined conclusion to truly get to the bottom of this, after all, only $20 million was spent on the original.
David Kay - Boston, MA - November 12th, 5:24 AM
5 years after 911 we now have a massive body of evidence that 911 was an inside job...yet no one in positions of authority wants to deal with that reality. Denial pervades the American society just as it pervades the life of an addict. Confronting reality means taking action and making changes. Addicts don't usually address their problem until it ruins their lives and Americans won't deal with 911 and the dark power structure behind it until America is in ruins. There were multiple layers and subplots connected to 911 - a web of conspiratorial activities and agendas, intertwined with the national and global power structure. The Internet indie media is the source of free, uncompromised
Jed - Miami, FL - November 12th, 6:25 AM
I commend you on being responsible enough to finally print the truth. Anyone who thinks 9/11 was a master plan of 19 islamic militants with a leader who needs dialysis 3 times a week and is hiding with his dialysis machine in remote caves of the middle east is obviously a sheep following the rest of the uninformed herd. Get real people and lets start to heal our wounds of mistrust. PEACE!
Bill Gordon - Sunrise, Fl. - November 12th, 6:34 AM
Our government was definitely involved in the attacks of 9/11/01 and they have been covering it up ever since. The people who benefited most from 9/11 are the people who were supposed to protect us on 9/11 and didn't. Buildings do not collapse at free-fall speed without explosives. Evidence has been destroyed by our government. Stories have been changed. And the real terrorists who did this to us now have the power to torture us and hold us without charges or a trial.
Tim Zeiders - Harrisburg PA - November 12th, 6:36 AM
I think that you have taken a very courageous and enlightened position on this matter. I hope that other periodicals will follow your lead is raising an issue that is of great concern to Americans, and, at least in my opinion, has not been explored in sufficient detail in the major organs that shape political discourse, such as Sunday Talk shows, or on editorial pages such as yours. Thank you again for taking a leadership role on this issue.
Stephen Donovan - Palo Alto, CA - November 12th, 6:54 AM
Finally, A US newspaper is calling for a proper investigation into the mystery's of 9/11. As the families point out on the film '9/11 press for truth' (See. Google Video), the 9/11 commission report turned out to be a complete and one-sided whitewash. Including no mention of Building 7 and a cover up of the money trail involving the wiring of $100,000 by the head of Pakistan's ISI, Gen Mahmoud Ahmad to Mohammed Atta. Lets just hope a full, transparent & independent investigation transpires. Tnx
Brian McHugh ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) - Scotland, UK - November 12th, 7:06 AM
Thank you for having the integrity to call for a full investigation 9/11. I hope other newspapers will follow. We have been lied to one to many times, the truth must come out.
Maxwell Burkholder - Texas - November 12th, 7:47 AM
Lies and deception have been the mode of operation of the Bush administration. This has occurred because we have not challenged them and the media has covered for them. The extent of the corruption is far deeper that most working Americans can comprehend. There is overwhelming, objective evidence of a huge 911 deception. It's time for the truth.
Sandra Green - Farmington Hills, Michigan - November 12th, 8:09 AM
Thank you, ADT editors, for your courage.
I’m always puzzled by comments like those of JoMama, above. Their dogmatic acceptance of the story about “Islamic militants” (based on zero credible evidence), makes me wonder whether they’re honestly ignorant—in which case there’s hope that they’ll eventually open their minds—or whether they’re covertly acting on orders to monitor these forums and ridicule the 9/11 truth movement—in which case their efforts are pathetic.
USAPatriot - Washington DC - November 12th, 8:15 AM
Isn't really time to move on? To move forward? Let's embrace the change this past election, come together as a nation and find common ground in our efforts to make this nation great.
Why is it always about getting even? Counter-productive.
Steve L. Iverson - Ashland, Jefferson - November 12th, 8:34 AM
The United States government has committed many false flags over the years. And planned some not carried out. Why would anyone argue against a free and independent inquiry regarding the most heinous example perpetrated upon the citizens of the U.S.? Only if they had something to hide regarding 9/11, a false flag operation that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of innocent deaths in the cause of hegemonic empire. Only the truth can heal. And stop the murder.
Dr. Richard Welser - Morganton, NC - November 12th, 9:06 AM
With the Democrats in the majority of both Houses, I believe the subpoenas will be flying regarding not only the Intelligence Reports being manipulated or worse as a pretext for invading Iraq; but also the awarding of no-bid contracts to Halliburton and others. As far as some sort of conspiracy regarding the collapsing of the Towers, that has more to do with their unique construction with no center supports, to allow open floor plans, not preplaced timed explosions. How could that remain secret?
John Gorman - Ashland OR - November 12th, 9:19 AM
Thanks for an excellent editorial. I'm from New York, and was there on 9/11 - it felt like my city was being destroyed. After months of investigation I've found the "conspiracy theories" much more credible than the government's explanation. An honest investigation is clearly needed.
Jonathan Korein ( email@example.com ) - Rydal, PA - November 12th, 9:22 AM
The 9/11 Commission's final report contains numerous provable lies: outright lies, lies by omission, and lies by distortion. As such, this "testimony" to the American people, which was purported to be a full accounting of the events of 9/11, indicates a massive fraud and coverup, as well as perjury. A new investigation is indeed warranted. We CAN handle the truth. We are Americans.
David Giles - Clayton, GA - November 12th, 9:33 AM
As a non-US student of 9/11, I want to thank you for your courageous action call.
There are a large number of contradictions, improbabilities and even impossibilities in the official story. How could three skyscrapers fall to the ground without structural resistance? Why did the 9/11 Commission ignore Norman Mineta's testimony about Cheney's actions in the command bunker on 9/11? How was Hani Hanjour transformed into a master pilot?
A genuinely independent investigation is sorely needed.
Akseli Ackerman - Helsinki, Finland - November 12th, 9:49 AM
Well said Jomama. These traitors should all be put in prison camps. How dare anyone question our predident or government. They have to do what they have to do to keep us safe from evil terrorists like those Iranians. Thank god they voted for democrats who will continue the policy of ridding of terrorists. I am glad they are going to work with Bush and not try to impeach everybody. Sometimes you have to give up liberty for freedom. God bless America.
True American - Madison, WI - November 12th, 9:56 AM
Thank you very much for this editorial. There are too many unanswered questions about 9/11 and too many self-serving ways in which it seems to have been exploited by the Bush Administration.
We also need to do something about the dilution of habeas corpus and the seeming move toward an autocracy in the US. We need to keep our Republic.
Nuzi Haneef - Eagan (Twin Cities metro area), MN - November 12th, 10:05 AM
better late than never ?
Carlos - San Juan, PR - November 12th, 10:12 AM
Can already hear the rumble of Jewish dominated Banking and Media quelching any uprisings.
sue carmichael - nyc, ny - November 12th, 10:20 AM
Our new Canadian government lead by Stephen Harper is following in the footsteps of the Bush Administration and the now discredited neo-cons, who used 9/11 as a reason for all of their actions.
Americans, Canadians, and all people of the world, need desperately to know the entire truth of what happened that day. If it was incompetence, malfeasance, or complicity -- we need to know. The stakes are too high to let it alone.
blogbart - Vancouver, BC, Canada - November 12th, 10:26 AM
Gratitude to the Ashland Daily Tidings for its courage in speaking in the true American way. Uncomfortable truths may prompt the lazy to defend a mainstream ignoring of the obvious. True patriots of country, and more importantly, humanity, are willing to take the flak, the stress, and the patience required to get to the truth that benefits all. Hopefully, your editorial will assist in an investigation that holds everyone accountable. Many thanks for your consideration.
Roy A.Stokes ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) - Shenandoah Valley, VA - November 12th, 10:27 AM
I appreciate your courage! The so-called independent 9/11 commission was a farce! We most definitely need a truly independent investigation that does not assume what caused the events of 9/11 before the investigation has even begun.
Jim Tucker - Yellville AR - November 12th, 10:34 AM
No, this editorial doesn't "pander to ludicrous conspiracy theories." It simply brings up legitimate, critical questions and asks for a more complete and honest explanation of one the most important events in US history. If you have a problem with that, I'd have to call you un-American and undemocratic.
Long live dissent and truth! We are headed towards a historical showdown between rationality/truth/honesty and deception/domination and blind conservatism.
mark - new york, ny - November 12th, 10:38 AM
Yes, you are 100% correct in all phases of your proclamation. Please, please, please, with your power comes great responsibility and you must exercise it by spearheading the movement within the media to reveal what really happened on 9/11. Our nation and the American way of life as we know it depends on it. You know it, I know it, and the powers that be want to hide it. The American Free press is the last bastion that we have to reveal the truth. The pen is mightier than the sword. God Bless
Joe Public - Pleasanton, IL - November 12th, 11:08 AM
We have to be very careful what we wish for here. Remember the outcome of SS solidiers tried for the murder of American prisoners at Malmedy in the Ardennes. In subsequent appeals and the politicization of the inquiries by Joe McCarthy, all the defendants sentenced to hang eventually walked free. It took unknown vigilantes many years later to exact revenge on the SS officer responsible. We should not let any inquiry become politicized just because the WTC attack occurred on the Republicans watch
Doug Forsyth - Ashland - November 12th, 11:21 AM
Re: JoMama- Giving IT a rest is exactly why we are in Iraq. NO? LIES one and all...WMD's, Ties to al-Qaeda, Bio/Chem weapons, Nuclear weapons, and, AND(!) Bush's favorite, 9-1-1. LIES!!!
The Fourth Estate was bought and sold a long time ago. Sold out to an ideological fallacy that gave us PNAC and the Authoritarian government. As early as 1997, Iraq was on the hit list then. All that was needed was a "New Pearl Harbor."
YES! Investigate. Investigate it all.
MAX-1 - Seattle, Wa. - November 12th, 11:24 AM
As long as we allow criminals to lead our military and government we are destined for fascism. A new investigation is warranted and the people demand it!
If we as a nation wish to remain the light of freedom to the world then we must investigate and convict the criminals who have destroyed our reputation and our Constitution. WE MUST INVESTIGATE AND IMPEACH BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, GONZALEZ, GUILLIANI, SILVERSTIEN, RUMSFELD, MARVIN BUSH and Wirt D Walker III.
I am Joe & I approve this this message
Joe Plascencia ( email@example.com ) - Los Angeles - November 12th, 11:29 AM
THANK YOU! Its nice to see some mainstream press actually make a call to investigate 9/11.
Anyone who spends even a few hours looking into all the obvious lies of the "independent" 911 commission knows how overwhelming the evidence is to support the "inside job" hypothesis. It is very clear to someone who is willing to open their mind and brush aside the MSM brainwashing that Cheney et al were responsible. Take a look for yourself and don't trust anyone else's opinion! Try 911truth.org
Ed Morrison - ashland, oregon - November 12th, 11:34 AM
The vote count was not yet complete when the Right was calling nervously for "and end to partisanship" in order to prevent investigations. The US is defined by a Constitution that has been sullied in ways many Americans thought impossible. If what the Bush Administration has done can go unscrutinized it will be a message to future illicit power that it can do as it wishes.
William Willers ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) - Middleton, Wisconsin - November 12th, 11:39 AM
Finally we have an Editor who has the guts to ask for a re-investigation of the events of 9/11. Thank you. If nothing else, we owe it to the families who lost their loved ones on that awful day, (and were and still are) deeply dissatisfied with the 9/11 Commission Report. We shall see if Henry Waxman and the Democrats are brave patriots or talking head politicians.
Brian Richards - Gloucester, MA - November 12th, 11:59 AM
"The focus ought to be on the response."
Um, OK, JoMamma....
Because as long as the response is good (which it was! /sarcasm), it doesn't matter what the reason is. Thank you for saying what so many americans think. Unfortunately.
George Sturges ( email@example.com ) - Virginia - November 12th, 12:12 PM
It's nice to see a piece like this. Hopefully the people will ask for an independent investigation on 9/11 so that those like JoMama from Seattle can finally learn that 9/11 was an inside job, and stop making racist remarks about Muslims like an ignorant idiot/jackass. If you wish to learn more about 9/11 and false flag terrorism go to Google Video and watch "Terrorstorm", "Loose Change 2nd Edition", "9/11- Mysteries", and 9/11 The Myth and Realities" for free.
Wally - Bedford, OH - November 12th, 12:46 PM
JoMama is a nutjob, if you're so sure please claim your easy $1 million from James Walter by "proving" the official story is the truth.
JoDada - NY, NY - November 12th, 12:46 PM
It is long past time to independently investigate the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Given Dr. Jones's recent discovery of thermate explosive residue at ground zero, the inexplicable lack of a central core at WTC North & WTC South, the insider trading on Wall Street the morning of, the shameless profiteering of Larry Silverstein planned months ahead of the attack, and the obvious coverup after the fact - all these things and more point to 911 being an inside job.
David Lau - Philadelphia, PA - November 12th, 12:54 PM
The fact that whether or not 9/11 should be independantly investigated is even a question is the best reason to do it. Similarly, the fact that some people are even talking about impeaching bush should be enough to start the wheels turning. Anyone who tries to say any of this is a waste of time would have been the perfect type of person to support Hitler's reign. Patriotism isn't about following blindly your leaders into the gates of hell itself.
We'll see what happens.
Sherald Ward - Kill Devil Hills, NC - November 12th, 12:54 PM
Finally! A newspaper editorial with enough courage to at least call for an honest investigation into what really happened on 9-11-01. Yours might be a small newspaper, but everyone in the USA should read it and support you and maybe the rest of our newspapers will awaken also. The Daily Tidings has done a good job here. We need the truth to begin the healing of America.
Dewey Pike - Reno Nevada - November 12th, 1:13 PM
Thanks. An unbiased investigation of 9/11 is long overdue, in my opinion.
Fred Wolters - Guerneville, CA - November 12th, 1:15 PM
Sure. A man with a beard in a cave in Afghanistan did it. Wohohooho. And 19 non-existent muslim hijackers carried it out. Not Saudi or Iranian but evil Muslims. America is MAD.
brianv - ireland - November 12th, 1:17 PM
there's lots of morons who still think that islamics provoked the 9/11.........
for the moron here ........9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB
jerry - austin - November 12th, 1:27 PM
Before throwing around the term "conspiracy" define the term! Political parties are conspiracies among like minded special interests to control the government & use it to enrich themselves & their cronies. Corporations are business conspiracies to convert raw materials & labor into marketable products. The "official" explanation provided by our current gov't. of how 3 steel & concrete buildings were reduced to DUST is itself a 'conspiracy theory' which has YET to be proven.
QazCat - Cascadia, WA - November 12th, 1:29 PM
Anyone who has taken the time to study the multitude of unanswered questions knows we dont know what we need to know. Amen to a unbiased and independent investigation, and thank you Ashland Daily Tidings for suggesting just that.
Doug - Blue Mounds, WI - November 12th, 1:29 PM
Thanks for the great editorial. One can only hope the corporate media will grow a spine and take notice; I won't hold my breath. It will take grassroots activism to reveal the truth of the horrific events of 9/11. The 9/11 Commission was infinitely worse than Warren's. True Patriots want the truth; the sheep of the country, represented by the likes of JoMama from Seattle, are cowards who would rather bury their head than face the reality that things just aren't right in Kansas. www.st911.0rg
Kelly Walters - Anchorage, AK - November 12th, 1:35 PM
Never have believed that anything but explosives brought down all three buildings on 9/11 and that tiny hole in the pentagon wall before it collapsed was nowhere near big enough for a 757 to go thru nor was the fire damage enough. Govt has lied & covered up facts since at least 1913, the present administration has little credibility, shame, respect for Constitution or human dignity & legalizes torture! We need freedom not safety, representation not "leadership", bravery not fear, truth not lies.
K D Smyrl - Conroe, TX - November 12th, 1:43 PM
Thank you from eastern Canada. 9/11, if left unaddressed and unresolved, has the very real potential to destroy your country and all it stands for. It'll happen like fog rolling in on a winter afternoon. There will be no dawn.
gary parkinson - ottawa on ca - November 12th, 1:58 PM
You wingnuts should stick to flying saucers and big foot. We were <i>ATTACKED</i>!!!
Media Watchog - odessa, texas - November 12th, 1:58 PM
Look, the traditional fourth estate is now being held captive by the mega-corporations, which have absolutely no interest in the truth about this becoming public. Now is the time to embrace the NEW fourth estate, the dedicated and honestly concerned contributors to internet forums, such as this. Ya know, Power to the People! Blog on, Pilgrims!
Keep the Faith!
Theodore Gillen - LA, CA - November 12th, 2:02 PM
Thank you for your thoughtful editorial. There are many investigations that need to happen. Any Congressional committee with subpoena powers should require Administration officials to testify under oath on issues as wide-ranging as energy policy negotiations, the 9/11 events, domestic spying, and the decisions that led to the authorization of torture and secret prisons.
One comment: I think you intended to use the term "independent counsel." May other journalists respond to your call.
John Humphries - Hartford, CT - November 12th, 2:11 PM
Only those who fear the truth could possibly disagree with you. In fact, the best way to thoroughly crush the conspiracy theorist movement is to fully and unblinkingly investigate what really happened, then publish the results for all to see. No "trust us" conclusions. No "could not have happened because" speculation. Just the whole, unvarnished truth.
Trust me, we can handle it.
Rich Campbell - Panorama City, CA - November 12th, 2:13 PM
I agree 100%! Let's investigate and go from there.
If you agree with the current explanation of 9/11, then simply answer these questions: Why did building #7 collapse, it was not hit by a plane. Where was the Air Force when the planes were hijacked? Were they on stand down orders? Someone was massivly "shorting" airline stocks in the days before 9/11, who was it? Why did the Bush adminstration strip the Air Force of the authority to shoot down hijacked planes 6 months before 911?
Andy - Prior Lake, MN - November 12th, 2:29 PM
3 days before 9/11 jeb bush declared martial law in florida
bumsfeld announced the pentagon lost 2.3 billion dollars on sept 10th 2001
marvin bush's 3 year contract for security at the wtc expired on sept 10th 2001
Larry Silverstien (LS@pullit.com) - New York, NY - November 12th, 2:30 PM
Dear Daily Tidings,
Thank you for calling for a real 9/11 investigation. It is insane that the Bush Administration have fought against investigating 9/11 for years.
PLEASE, do a press release and mail your Editorial above, to all newspapers throughout the United States, inviting them to join your call for a real independent 9/11 investigation.
Bill Douglas - Kansas City, Kansas - November 12th, 2:44 PM
Given the facts, the whole thing has been one big, outrageous lie. 911 and the crude actions of the Neo-Conservative mafia, with it's bloody occupation of fallen nations in the "New" Middle East and fear games thrown around in the media pool ,should force everyone to question the true meaning of it all. Politicians should not believe that they are untouchable god fathers living in tax free castles, for they must be held accountable as every other citizen living within a nation of laws and order
Jeff Boster - Fenwick - November 12th, 2:45 PM
You should check out Terrorstorm and Loosechange Second edition, and 911 Myths cause they show that we really do need an independent investigation!
Joe - New York, New York - November 12th, 2:54 PM
Thank you for this article demanding the 911 Truth.
We commend you for your courage and support of this country.
Gary Goldman - Conyers, GA - November 12th, 3:41 PM
Folks who suggest "We know all we need know about this infamous day and subsequently dismal investigation" seem to lack the ability of approaching complex circumstances with critical thought - a common 'fox-newish' type of problem. Thank you for this editorial!
Michael - Chicago, IL - November 12th, 4:09 PM
Thank you - all success to your efforts.
Most in the 9/11 Truth Movement are not asking for specific answers - most only ask that an in-depth, truth-full and independent investigation be conducted.
And speaking of 'ludicrous conspiracy theories,' what more 'ludicrous' than 19 men with box-cutters who could not fly small aircraft and directed by a man in a cave, were able to stand down the powerful US security system, then immediately arrange for a demolition company to haul away the evidence?
t quigly - boise idaho - November 12th, 4:30 PM
I live in a suburb of Washington DC, 10 miles from the Pentagon. I can't tell you how frightening it was to be here on 9/11. I can tell you that the American people DO NOT know what really happened. I can tell you that the investigation was a whitewash. I can tell you that we deserve, and I am demanding, a real investigation be conducted. We deserve the truth and we can handle it. Thank you for your editorial. I hope the other papers will be brave enough and patriotic enough to join you.
Elaine Sullivan - Bethesda, MD - November 12th, 4:36 PM
Daily Tidings, you are the Vanguard. Step by step, facing criticism, anger and ridicule, other publications will follow suit, and eventually echo your call for a full 911 Investigation. Uncovering a coverup will become the norm. Thank you for setting a standard.
Annie Higgins - Chicago, IL - November 12th, 4:58 PM
This admin never allowed a REAL inquiry, with completely public transparency, because they know it won't stand up to legal scrutiny.
ANY legal trial MUST obey basic rules, every one of which was thrown out in the handling of 9/11... like disposing of all forensic evidence from the site, and shipping it to China! FAA takes plane crashes and examines them for months. Did this happen with any of 9/11? NO.
Have the physical impossibilities of the story been validated? NO.
Ask WHY !!!
Quantumystic - Orlando, FL - November 12th, 5:05 PM
Can we please try and not tow the party line....it was NOT 3000 AMERICANS who died on 9/11, they were from many nationalities .... Jesus, if you repeat a lie often enough people really believe it don't they?
Julian Barber - Scotland - November 12th, 5:14 PM
We can't afford not to know what happened on 911. The belief that we were attacked by foreigners on our own soil has driven us to a state of fear that has facilitated taking away our freedoms, causing us to support invading two countries and costing the lives of thousands of our young people and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. And our government can not even provide proof that it was foreigners who caused the 911 tragedy. Time to know what really happened!
Don Stacey - Beverly, MA - November 12th, 5:15 PM
Finally, a Independent investigation into the events on 9 11.....may it lift our eyes to the truths, and lay rest to the non truths....
laurie - Winnipeg MB - November 12th, 5:22 PM
Conspiracies are ubiquitous. Everyone is in agreement that the 9/11 attacks were a conspiracy. But those who are genuinely knowledgeable and care about the truth reject fallacious conspiracy theories, such as the U.S. government's lying, self-serving, and provably false official fairy tale conspiracy theory concerning the 9/11 attacks.
Some 200 million people have been murdered by their own governments within the past century. Those cullings were conspiracies far larger than the 9/11 attacks.
James Redford ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) - Dunnellon, Florida - November 12th, 5:30 PM
Thank you for your courageous call for an independant investigation on the events of 9/11. If there is any chance, and I think there is, of foul play which we no nothing of then we need badly to know more.
Charles Temple Sr - Dayton Ohio - November 12th, 5:47 PM
Congratulations, on being the first (known) public newspaper to question the official 9/11 story and ask for a thorough independent investigation. Mayor Giulliani's order to remove evidence from the crime scene before examination by the proper authorities was a federal offense!
The ensuing cover-up by the corporate media and others makes them guilty of capital crimes as well. The interviews of firemen who were on the scene have never been broadcast by the mainstream media...WHY???
Leonard Hanson ( email@example.com ) - Hilltop, Minnesota - November 12th, 6:27 PM
You are on the right side of history.
Those who perpetuate the cover up by refusing to speak out are on the wrong side of history.
Jasper Summer - Berekeley, CA - November 12th, 6:27 PM
Thank you so much for having the courage to call for an investigation of this sort. Too many unanswered questions remain and impact daily on the lives of people all over the planet.
B. Guthrey - Sydney, Australia - November 12th, 6:40 PM
I appreciate your demand for a real investigation of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. We do know that originally the government lied about the air quality- a health catastrophe followed. They limited the investigation, destroyed evidence, and lied about what happened, using the event to pursue an imperial agenda. Most recently, physicist Steven E. Jones has found scientific evidence that the buildings were brought down using thermite. We need the press to get out the critical facts. about 9-11.
Carol Brouillet - Palo Alto, CA - November 12th, 6:42 PM
Watch the google video 911 Mysteries and then if you don't think 911 was an inside job, you are incapable of independent thought and reason. Sad that so many are so easily deceived.
Jerry Carpenter - Vancouver WA - November 12th, 6:59 PM
Ask why the disgraceful, disgusting, despicable being who, when informed that "America is under attack," just sat there stone faced for seven minutes reading to a classroom filled with children. Ask why he wasn't pulled away by Secret Service agents who did not seem at all concerned about the safety of this man. Ask his brother and his cousin who were in charge of Twin Towers security, why there was a scheduled power shutdown during a weekend just prior to 9/11. Make them answer under oath.
BrendanOMaidian - New York, NY - November 12th, 8:00 PM
Bravo to an American Newspaper that isn't on it's knees in front of Corporate America. The truth has obviously been withheld to the citizens on the events of 9/11. We have limited time to act here before the next war is launched by the guys in charge that are trying to cover their tracks. I don't know what actually happened but any idiot can investigate enough to know the official story is a lie.
Keith Patrick - San Rafael, CA - November 12th, 8:04 PM
According to an MSNBC poll 87% of Americans now want impeachment proceedings, but the call is being explicitly ignored.
If you want a true investigation, you'll need a mass petition to Congress. Deliver it during a press conference with an open call to every internet and blog journalist that wants to attend, to Nancy Pelosi - copies to Conyers and Waxman.
Lee Mayzes - Calgary, AB, Canada - November 12th, 8:40 PM
We are so proud to be Ashlanders and part of the 9/11 Truth Committee! Thank you Daily Tidings for taking us out of the "conspiracy theorists " category. You just made history.
Bill and Maridale Moore - Ashland, Or - November 12th, 9:05 PM
Daily Tidings - Thank you for your true patriotism in facing the "elephant in the room" ie that the official "conspiracy" theory just doesn't make any sense. We need more mainstream media upholding their constitutional role in bringing the truth out and demanding a real investigation. As Professor Jones says "the truth will set you free". We need more truth in our world in order to hold those responsible for these crimes, stop the illegal wars and promote peace instead. The sooner the better!
Clare Tobin - Chicago Illinois - November 12th, 9:12 PM
There are types of Americans. Those who still believe the official story and those who have spent three minutes looking into the collapse of World Trade Center Building #7.
Mike Phillips - Medford, Oregon - November 12th, 9:43 PM
Thank you for your substantial courage, our nation's first daily paper to call for a major inquiry into 9/11. Millions of us are realizing that the official story makes no sense except as a cover-up. Katrina taught us that the federal response to disaster is incompetent, yet all the answers were conveniently in place within very few hours. We must answer the harrowing questions that remain. We owe the truth to those who died, and to those dying every day since, from our nation's violent response
Kelsey Ramage - Santa Cruz, Ca - November 12th, 10:07 PM
The Chill is gone!
Thank you so much for being the first to break the silence.
I am casting this gauntlet at all of my local papers.
"There is a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in" Leonard Cohen
J. Barclay - Salt Spring Is., B.C., Canada - November 12th, 10:18 PM
The number of comments in favor of you editorial should give us some indication of the justifiable concern of all truly patriotic Americans. Only the guilty fear the truth.
Hal O'Leary ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) - Wheeling, WV - November 12th, 10:31 PM
It makes me happy every time I see progress toward 9/11 truth. Thank you.
Bustaballs - Claremore, OK - November 12th, 11:53 PM