From the November 2005 Idaho Observer:
9/11, Inc.—Public Discourse Project
Think tank beauty brings government’s incorporated 9/11 disinformation roadshow to North Idaho College
By Don Harkins
COEUR D’ALENE—The Political Science Department at North Idaho College (NIC) sponsored a "popcorn forum" here to help the now incorporated 9/11 Commission perpetuate its mythical conclusions about what happened to America on the morning of September 11, 2001.
Erin Smith, the beautiful young raven-haired spokesman for the 9/11 Public Discourse Project (PDP), Inc., (www.9-11pdp.org) spent about 35 minutes upholding the 9/11 Commission Report as the definitive investigation into the Sept. 11 tragedy. About 140 students and citizens sat in on the presentation at the NIC student union building beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2005. Smith is employed by PDP as "senior assistant to the president"—Thomas Keane—the former Bush-appointed chairman of the 9/11 Commission.
Smith began by telling the story of how Keane and vice-Chair Lee Hamilton met over Superbowl, 2003, and began interviewing witnesses for its 9/11 Commission investigation. It took 18 months for the commission to uncover the "facts," interview some 1,200 witnesses and publish its findings, conclusions and recommendations.
With an easy smile, Smith boasted that the 9/11 Commission Report was a "best seller" that sold over 100,000 copies. She kept referring to how the "stories" from witnesses contained in the report are not "boring" and, unlike most government reports, are interesting to read.
In an obviously rehearsed attempt to discredit those who believe the 9/11 Commission Report is a whitewash, Smith mentioned the numbers of "conspiracy theories" surrounding the death of JFK when we know that the Warren Commission Report is the final word on that significant event in American history.
Smith admitted to the crowd that widespread government incompetence contributed to the unfolding of 9/11. Smith also explained that, "NORAD could not see the planes" because it was set up to monitor airplanes flying into U.S. airspace from the outside—not airplanes originating inside the U.S.
A discussion of the threat of another terrorist attack and the country’s current state of preparedness followed. Smith observed that federal agencies failed miserably in relief efforts during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and that people would be better served if local first responders were allowed to take charge of crises. She mentioned that federal agencies have agreed to back off and let the locals handle their own disaster relief efforts—effective in 2009.
At this point several of us, all over the age of 40, disgustedly amused by Smith’s performance, were whispering sarcastic jokes to one another. A 20-year-old college student turned and asked if we could be quiet because he was trying to listen.
A noticeable percentage of attendees really began paying attention when Smith began talking about the Muslim terrorists and how the federal government was doling out millions of dollars to communities for homeland security. And, Smith explained, Osama and his buddies have gotten permission from the top of Islam "to use weapons of mass destruction against the U.S." and that they make no distinction between "military and civilian targets."
With these thoughts well in the audience’s mind, Smith concluded her presentation. The sexually-infamous NIC political science professor and event facilitator Tony Stewart dismissed his students (about one-third of the crowd) before opening the floor to questions.
Eleven questions were taken. They can be divided into two categories: Questions about how much money Coeur d’Alene can expect to receive from the federal government to protect the community from terrorists and questions confronting the legitimacy of the 9/11 Commission and its findings.
When each type of question was asked, you could read in every face whether the mind attached to it was brainwashed to believe the official version of 9/11 or not.
When a "dissident" question was asked, the room became a scene from the movie, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"—the brainwashed would turn and beam ignorant "if-looks-could-kill" gazes on the questioner; when a money question was asked, the non-believers would smile faintly and shake their heads in cynical sadness.
Dissident John Taylor observed there is a lot of controversy over what type of craft attacked the Pentagon and that video and photo evidence shows several surveillance cameras mounted on undamaged locations at the Pentagon. These cameras would have recorded the identity of that craft. "Why won’t the government release those tapes to prove that a Boeing 757 struck the Pentagon?" Taylor asked.
Smith did not know why the tapes had not been released to the public but assured Taylor that the Commission had seen all of them.
I was called upon next. I asked why the testimony of journeyman WTC janitor William Rodriguez, who had been honored as a hero by President Bush for saving nearly 200 lives that morning, was taken behind closed doors and not published in the commission’s final report. Smith claims to have never heard of Rodriguez or the 14 other people in basement level 1 who felt an explosion beneath their feet; moments later felt the explosion above and immediately thereafter saw janitor Felipe David running toward them badly burned from a fireball that came up the elevator shaft.
Smith did, however, assure me that every witness who told his "story" to the commission and wanted it published, was included in the final report.
A nice young lady who was in Lower Manhattan that day and skeptical of the official story, wanted to know why the government wasn’t funding a bigger memorial for the victims of 9/11 at ground zero.
Another dissident stated that many engineers have attested—and past experience with steel-framed buildings proves—that it is impossible for jet fuel to have caused the Twin Towers to collapse like a planned demolition. Smith said that, while some experts say jet fuel could not have brought them down, there are more experts who believe jet fuel did cause the Twin Towers to collapse. Therefore, Smith reasoned, jet fuel must have caused the Twin towers to collapse.
Ingri Cassel asked about Building 7—the 47-story WTC-complex office building that imploded from a few little fires late that afternoon even though no planes or jet fuel were involved. "Why didn’t the 9/11 Commission investigate the curious collapse of Building 7?" Ingri asked.
Smith assured Ingri that the collapse of Building 7 was thoroughly investigated and the commission "has been criticized for not including more about it in the report."
She also mentioned that WTC lease-holder Larry Silverstein was mistakenly "quoted" as saying "let’s pull it,"—a comment dissidents understand to be his admission that Building 7 collapsed from a planned demolition. But what he really said, Smith explained, was, "let’s pull them," meaning "let’s get those firemen out of there."
This is, of course, utter nonsense. Silverstein was interviewed live on videotape one year after 9/11 and, upon reviewing the segment, there is no question that he was referring to the decision by him and the NY Fire Department to demolish the building.
Smith did not admit there has been no official determination as to what caused the collapse of Building 7.
Pastor Jon Smith of the Post Falls Presbyterian Church asked how Smith could live with herself knowing that her job was "lying to people when her nation is in crisis." He stated that her presentation contained "one lie after another" and wanted to know if she would be willing to debate him on the subject.
At this point, Stewart interrupted, observing that it was rude to confront our esteemed guest in such an insulting way. Smith, who never stopped smiling her very pretty smile, did not respond to Pastor Smith’s invitation to a debate.
On an encouraging note, after the Q and A session had concluded, several students came up to Pastor Smith and began asking him what proof he had that Smith was a paid liar.
A man named Dave then asked Smith to think about whom she works for and that she just parroted the party line as it came down to her through the Bush administration from the Tavistock Institute. Stewart again came to Smith’s rescue and an amazing number of the "breathing-braindead-body-snatched" clapped for Stewart and clapped for Smith.
On that note, the popcorn forum concluded.
The Public Discourse Project
The 9/11 Commission, having published its 576-page "lies and omissions" report (July 22, 2004), was "decommissioned" August 21, 2004.
But, since it had made so many recommendations based upon its findings, 10 commission members decided to form a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation to continue their work.
PDP claims to be privately funded by such entities as the Carnegies and the Rockefellers. In the "overview" of its morphed mission, the PDP states on its website that, "The ten members of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (known as the 9-11 Commission) have initiated a nationwide public education campaign for the purpose of making America safer and more secure. In so doing, the commissioners will give people throughout America the opportunity to participate in a debate that has been limited largely to those inside the Washington Beltway." [emphasis added]
The term "commissioners" is no longer appropriate for officers of a private corporation and the "debate" is confined to who gets how much federal money to arm, train and provision local law enforcement as "protection" against terrorists.
While refusing to look at evidence that persons within our own government were among the attackers, PDP also states, "It is the consensus view of the 9/11 Commission members that there must be a national debate on how future attacks can be prevented, and that they [the citizens] can make an important contribution to this process."
The "former commissioners" are also described as "independent and bipartisan"—an Orwellian impossibility.
The stated objective of PDP is, "enhancing the understanding of American citizens of the nature of the terrorist threat; examining key policy issues contained in the 9/11 Commission’s final report."
PDP has been concentrating its brainwashing efforts by targeting "a variety of audiences, including the following: general public; national and local news media; think tank scholars; academic experts; former policymakers with national security interest; state and local policymakers; relevant trade groups and associations."
The PDP has been very busy parlaying its former official influence into a policy-generating lobbying entity. The purpose of this entity is to "sell" 9/11 Commission Report findings to government, industry and the public. The PDP champions the interests of those who have a lot to gain by an ill-informed, irrationally-fearful America that wants government to protect it from the militant Muslim threat. The incorporated 9/11 Commission is selling the Bush administration’s snipe hunt on terror.
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