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Letter from Boston 9-11 Truth
Dear ___________ ,
I am writing this letter in my capacity as the secretary for the Boston 911 Truth Committee. However, I am also writing with my professional role as a licensed psychotherapist in mind. In that latter role I have served as an in-patient family therapist for drug addicted youth with the Phoenix House Foundation, an outpatient therapist for patients transitioning back into our community from nearby Bournewood Psychiatric Hospital and, for the past 16 years, as a private practice clinician at my office in Newton Massachusetts. It is both from this professional perspective, and from the point of view of being a belated "convert" to the 911 Truth Movement as well, that I have contemplated, with interest and concern, the tendency of many media spokespeople to characterize 911 Truth Activists as "Conspiracy Nutcases" who merely seek to confirm their preconceived paranoid conclusions.
Not long after 9/11/01 one of my therapy clients came to me nearly in tears saying that she had discovered the attacks of that day were, in her words, "an inside job". Naturally, I assumed my client was suffering from delusional paranoid thinking. I attempted to calm her down and to reassure her that her fears couldn't possibly be true. Nonetheless, the intensity of my client's convictions led me to begin exploring the topic in some detail.
My initial investigations led only to dead ends in which I found myself reviewing material that simply dampened my interest in the subject and contributed to my agreeing with the media promoted "Conspiracy Nutcase" image of 911 Truth Activists. But haunted by my client's adament view and hearing more and more rumors of covert complicity by rogue elements of our own goernment in the events of 9/11/01, I kept looking into the subject from time to time. Finally, I had the good fortune to run across the solid, fact based research presented by Professor David Ray Griffin in his remarkable book The New Pearl Harbor (available at http://www.interlinkbooks.com/BooksN/New_Pearl_Harbor.html ).
Stunned by the clarity and readability of Professor Griffin's work I went deeper into 911 Truth research (see the resource guide below). By 9/11/04, I was apologizing to my above mentioned client for my ill informed and presumptuous response to her concerns. And by the end of that year, I was actively participating in the development of the 911 Truth Movement.
As a family therapist I have seen first-hand how powerful is the tendency toward denial when a client must come to terms with the reality that an emotionally or physically abusive parent has betrayed their trust through verbal abuse or physical assault. It hurts, and it is terrifying to confront such betrayal. But the walk along the winding path of emotional healing, which can potentially lead to forgiveness and reconciliation, can not begin until that pain is faced and the attendant anger, fear and sadness fully felt.
Our highest government servants are to all of us Americans, in an unconscious fashion, much like national "parent figures". We look to them to keep us safe and provide for our collective needs, similar to the way a child looks to her or his parents to provide safety and support. So from a psychotherapy perspective, it is not at all surprising that any American would find it difficult to face and confront the possibility of acts of national betrayal and murderous treason by our leaders. For me, the evolving realization that we may have been betrayed by those entrusted with responsibility for our protection was a gradual, frightening, disorienting process - the exact opposite of a leap to preconceived ideas I yearned to prove true.
Unlike the eager conspiracy theorists imagined by some in the press, my slowly evolving realizations - that the formal 911 Commission Report was essentially false at its worst and deliberately misleading at its best - did not at all confirm the world view I wished to uphold. Nonetheless, as the damning evidence of lies and distortions became increasingly clear and the scientific evidence mounted, I was eventually forced to confront the dark truth behind the attacks of that day. I believe this process of confronting a painful truth of national betrayal on 9/11/01- a truth that I initially denied - was for me very similar to the process my psychotherapy clients have gone through when addressing childhood wounds. I also believe our collective natural yearning to entrust our safety to our political leaders, and our understandable fear of being in opposition to these powerful parent figures, is a significant factor, though an essentially unconscious one, in our reluctance to confront our leaders and demand the Truth about the events of 9/11/01 and many other heinous crimes committed by our leaders in the name of "National Defense".
The truly paranoid mind tends to label and caricature people rather then enter into dialog and debate. It is interesting to note, then, the way in which writers in the popular press go about discounting the concerns of the 911 Truth Movement. I have observed that these writers generally "debunk" the 911 Truth Movement as a whole by attacking the more peripheral issues raised by the movement while avoiding dialog on - or the offering of concrete evidence as rebuttal to - the central issues raised by the movement's researchers. For example, Popular Mechanics published an article which attempts to debunk issues raised by the 911 Truth Movement. One can review this article in full via this link: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/1227842.html .
However, 911 Truth researchers challenge both the logic and veracity of many elements of both this Popular Mechanics article and the findings of the 9/11 Commission Report as well. An articulate reply to the Popular Mechanics article, written by Jim Hoffman, can be found at http://911research.wtc7.net/essays/gopm/index.html and a more detailed analysis is available by reading Prof. David Ray Griffin's book "Debunking 911 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics" available at http://www.amazon.com/Debunking-11-Mechanics-Defenders-Conspiracy/dp/156656686X .
Similarly, a concise critical analysis of the work of the 911 Commission is available at http://911research.wtc7.net/post911/commission/report.html and a more detailed analysis can be explored in "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions And Distortions", also by Prof. Griffin and available at http://www.amazon.com/11-Commission-Report-Omissions-Distortions/dp/1566565847 . But sadly this effort at dialogue and debate offered in good faith by the 911 Truth Movement is generally met with an unresponsive silence from the 911 Truth "debunkers". So who is it in this attempt to confirm the truth of 9/11/01 that is functioning in an irrational or paranoid way?
Authentic dialog has at least two essential components. The first is making an effort to find common ground. Where do we have some degree of agreement that can serve as a jumping off point for exploring our points of disagreement? With this in mind, a careful review of the paper, "Fourteen Points of Agreement with Official Government Reports on the World Trade Center Destruction", by Steven Jones, PhD, is in order. This paper was recently published in the respected "Open Civil Engineering Journal" and can be downloaded at http://www.bentham-open.org/pages/content.php?TOCIEJ/2008/00000002/00000001/35TOCIEJ.SGM .
A second element of authentic dialog is a willingness to respond to reasonable questions raised by individuals who have an obvious personal stake in finding answers to their questions. With this in mind, I would encourage the reader to link to a list of questions raised by family members of those who were murdered on 9/11/01 via "The Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Commission" at http://www.911independentcommission.org/questions.html . These questions were not responded to by the 9/11 Commission. This YouTube brief video highlights some of the most significant among these questions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt2-E0VyLL0 . Given the right of these obvious stake holders to ask these questions and expect thoughtful, well researched answers, the disconcerting question arises "What is the meaning of the reluctance of the 9/11 Commission to respond?"
From my own initial fumbling research, I do understand that there is a great deal of both well intended misinformation and deliberate disinformation available in print and on the internet with regard to the events of 9/11/01. Also I recognize the inevitability that careful, principled researchers may settle upon radically differing interpretations of data. (The controversy over what exactly it was that hit the Pentagon on 9/11/01 - flight 77, a smaller plane, or a missile - is a case in point.) I believe, however, that anyone wishing to more fully understand these events, and the concerns of the 911 Truth Movement that have arisen through careful research into all that occurred on 9/11/01 and thereafter, will find the resources listed below to be highly reliable even where there may be differences of opinion in the interpretation of the available data .
National consensus with regard to the meaning of the 9/11/01 attacks may ultimately arise through the process of engaged and respectful dialog between currently opposing perspectives. However, that consensus certainly cannot emerge in the current atmosphere of disdainful disregard of the legitimate questions raised by the 911 Truth Community. Accordingly, I invite you and all those who are inclined to agree with the formal US government supported interpretation of the events 9/11/01 to explore these resources and to enter into dialogue about your perspective with me and others in the 911 Truth Movement.
Respectfully submitted for your consideration,
Christopher Gruener, MA
Secretary for the Boston 911 Truth Committee
Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Massachusetts Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic. #646)
Massachusetts Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Lic. #1286)
Subject: 911 Truth - Additional resources for understanding the events of 9/11/01
"May 9/11 Truth be properly investigated and widely publicized
And may this contribute to greater justice, liberty and peace
for people all around the world."
Regarding your interest in coming to terms with the events of 9/11/01, we trust you will find the materials below helpful for further exploration.
A good place to start:
"9/11 Press For Truth" at http://www.wanttoknow.info/911video Watching this video will allow you to hear the families of those murdered on 9/11/01 raise their unanswered questions as they demand an authentic investigation.
For another audio-visual introduction to the unanswered questions of 9/11/01 please link to http://www.gamin.org/video.him . This website features the 60 minute documentary film "Rethinking 9/11: Why Truth and Reconciliation are Better Strategies Than Global War", narrated by University of Minnesota Professor, Michael M. André.
http://tyrannyalert.com/9-11%20fairy%20tale.pdf This PDF tells the 9/11/01 story from start to finish. It brilliantly challenges both the official representation of the facts of that tragic day and the false interpretation of these facts that has been promoted by the United States government and the American mass media in order to justify endless war abroad.
For further research we recommend these on line videos:
"September 11th Revisited" at http://www.911revisited.com/video.html and
"How Did the Twin Towers Fall?" at http://www.911podcasts.com/view.php?cat=0&med=0&ord=Name&strt=0&vid=95&epi=275&typ=0&form= to learn more about the collapse of the twin towers and building 7 in NYC.
Watch "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime" at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9007079754355711945&q=everybody%27s+gotta+learn+sometime&total=166&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=1 to get some of the bigger picture. This video also has a lot of heart energy in it as it details the painful truths we all need to confront.
And finally, we recommend you watch "911 Mysteries" at http://www.911weknow.com/ (click on "911 Mysteries: English). Be sure to watch all the way through to the credits to catch the take home message of how we can work together to use the events of 9/11/01 as stepping stones to a new shared sense of mission and purpose for our lives!
We recommend these websites for in depth and reliable information:
www.911review.com This site offers a complete overview of the events of 9/11/01.
http://www.wanttoknow.info/9-11cover-up This site presents a summary of major media articles that point to a cover up of the true nature of the events of 9/11/01.
www.911truth.org This site keeps abreast of developmetns in the 911 Truth Movement.) New to the 911 Truth Movement? Link to this page on the 911Truth.org site to get more foundational information: http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20050204132153814 .
http://www.ae911truth.org/ This site presents scientific analysis of the collapse of the three world trade centers and offers conclusive evidence of controlled demolition in each of the collapses.
http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/attack/wtc7.html This site zeros in on questions relevant to the mysterious collapse of World Trade Center Building # 7.
http://911review.com/errors/pentagon/index.html This site offers a thoughtful response to those who challenge the notion that a Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon and also focuses on the more relevant issues the 911 Truth Movement would do well to attend to with regards to the attack on the Pentagon.
www.oilempire.us This site puts the events of 9/11/01 into larger political contexts.
We recommend these books for further investigation:
The New Pearl Harbor by David Ray Griffin available at http://www.interlinkbooks.com/BooksN/New_Pearl_Harbor.html This book is a good place to begin 911 Truth research. Professor Griffin's subsequent book Christian Faith and 9/11 is available at http://911sharethetruth.com/911books.htm. This book challenges Christians in particular to address the search for 911 Truth, in light of the moral teachings of the Christian Faith. Professor Griffin's most recent books Debunking 9/11 Debunking, which responds to current challenges to the perspective of the 911 Truth Movement and The New Pearl Harbor Revisited, which updates his research into 9/11/01, are both available at http://911sharethetruth.com/911books.htm.
Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert available at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0865715408?v=glance . This book offers a comprehensive look at the events of 9/11/01 in the historical and current context of US government covert and "black ops" activities.
Painful Questions by Eric Hufschmid and available at http://www.erichufschmid.net/PainfulQuestionsBook.html . This books uses photographic evidence quite skillfully to make the case that the collapse of the three World Trade Center buildings involved controlled demolition with the use of pre-planted explosives. This recommendation should not be misconstrued as an endorsement of all of Hufschmid's writing in other research areas, however.
The Shell Game by Steve Alten. This novel by New York Times bestselling author Steve Alten addresses the 9/11 stand down, the injection of false radar blips into air traffic controllers' screens, PNAC, the 9/11 Commission whitewash, the Anthrax attacks, and related issues. Reading Alten's book is an entertaining way to explore and think about the issues he raises. And more importantly this book makes an excellent gift for someone you know who may not be ready quite yet to confront the reality of 9/11/01 in a hard cold facts documentary format. It is available at http://www.amazon.com/Shell-Game-Steve-Alten/dp/1599550946 .
If by now you are starting to suspect that "The UNTHINKABLE may be true", you are not alone! Link here to www.PatriotsQuestion911.com to learn about hundreds of government and military officials, prominent academics, pilots, engineers and others who share your concerns. At the end of the Patriots Questions site you will find resources for further research and suggestions for practical action steps you can take to bring 911 Truth out into the light of day.
Stepping back from the search for 911 Truth for a moment, let's all pause to remember that as things stand now, Spaceship Earth is headed for a crash landing! But there are millions of people, just like you and me, who are working hard to bring Mother Earth down gently to rest into a sustainable future where non-renewable resources are conserved as wisely as possible, renewable resources are carefully managed and fairly shared, human rights are universally respected and lovingkindness is the organizing principle in ordering all our relationships.
Can you imagine that kind of world? If not, spend a few moments at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrV89rRMju0&mode=related&search= .
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Here is the Punchline...
Uncovering and exposing 911 Truth is a central lynchpin
in building that future we all dream of in our heart of hearts!
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If you want more links to reliable 911 Truth information, or if you want to get more actively involved in the 911 Truth movement please contact me personally or get in touch with our organization through our website at http://www.boston911truth.org/ . If you are seeking practical action steps you can take right now to support the search for 911 Truth, consider the recommendations offered at this link: http://www.septembereleventh.org/getinvolved.php