|Dick Gregory with Wayne Madsen Speaking|
WMR/Longtime comedian and peace activist Dick Gregory moderated the "How the World Changed after 9/11" seminar panel in New York at which this editor spoke on September 12.
Gregory is beginning a liquid fast until 2012 until questions about 9/11 are answered by the government.
On a lighter note, this editor stayed in New York a block from the Riverdale condominium where television host Ed Sullivan once lived. I mentioned that tidbit to Gregory knowing that he appeared on Sullivan's variety show a number of times. Gregory mentioned that he was a guest on the very last Ed Sullivan show in 1971. Gregory said that Sullivan, aware of Gregory's anti-war stance, was scared to death what Gregory might say on the show. Gregory's description of Sullivan was a bit more colorful than described here.
Gregory said that he will be 80 in 2012 and that the fast concerned his friends who asked him, "what does your doctor think about going on a fast?" Gregory responded, "my doctor's been dead for 30 years."
"How the World Changed after 9/11"
Presented by the International News Net. A made for television event at Walker Stage in lower Manhattan on September 11th and 12th, 2010
Four hundred people attended our 2-day symposium featuring 8 panel discussions designed to explore the important changes in our world since the attacks of 9/11 and the ever increasing need to understand its relevance. On the 9th anniversary of these attacks looked back on 2 wars, 2 U.S. Administrations, a world financial crisis and the impact on culture both home and abroad. Of particular interest was the changes in the face of the military, the surveillance state, the media, the economy, politics and corporatism that have been cast by the official government narrative of the attacks and the struggle against empire embodied in these changes.
We thank our stellar array of speakers who have gained global recognition for having engaged and challenged these changes.
|3rd Beam at Ground Zero for WTC 7 9/11 2010|
The entire event was filmed and is now being edited to DVD format and will be available to the public by early November. Sign up for our email list for updates. In case you missed the event, visit our Program and Speakers sections for program details.
Of additional interest, at 9:11 pm on the evening of Sept. 11, 2010 a unique event occurred in the skies over lower Manhattan.
Every year since the tragic events of 9/11 NYC authorities have projected 2 huge light beams into the night sky above Ground Zero, replacing the World Trade Towers that once stood there with a powerful symbol of remembrance. But why just 2 beams?
Most of the world still doesn't know that a third tower fell on 9/11. WTC7, which was a 47-story steel-framed building collapsed at freefall speed in 6.5 seconds into it's own footprint at 5:20pm. It wasn't hit by a plane, and did not have serious structural damage. Why wasn't this televised repeatedly? Why hasn't this been truthfully explained? Isn't it time for the world to know? Google WTC7 collapse and research it for yourself. The truth matters.
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PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE
Format — Each panelist made a presentation following a brief topic intro by the moderator, who then questioned and challenged each panel member. There was also Q&A for each panel with the studio and online audience.
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Saturday, Sept. 11
PANEL 1 — 1:15pm - 3:15pm: The 4th Estate Fails In Its Duty And The Birth Of Alternative Media
It has often been said 'The first casualty of war is truth'. What about truth in the never ending war on terror? This first panel will look at modern reporting, military censorship, taboos, and techniques often used by media to hide the truth. A look at spin and sell and the false legitimacy added by today's mega networks. Panelists will also explore the use of revisionist news as events are entered into the history books. The panel will explore the birth of the citizen journalist movement, open publishing, and alternative broadcasting.
Moderator: Priya Reddy
The Panelists: Robin Andersen: Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordam University. Danny Schecter: author, filmaker and commentator on economic issues. Lynn Landes: publisher of The Landes Report and Ecotalk.org Christina Borjesson: award winning journalist and author of 'Into the Buzzsaw, Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press'
PANEL 2 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm: Goodbye 4th Amendment: Your Government is Watching You!
9-11 and the Rise of the Security State. A look at the Patriot Act and other laws, as well as new interpretations of the law which have eroded privacy and the ability to travel freely without fear of unlawful search and seizure. Panelists will recount how decisions, often politically motivated, have thwarted and hindered vital investigations which may have changed the course of history. This panel will also address the unregulated and expanded use and sharing of databases amongst newly formed private quasi-security agencies.
Moderator: Daniel Sunjata
The Panelists: Ray Mcgovern: former CIA analyst Katherine Albrecht: leading privacy advocate, co-author of Spychips: How Major Corporations Plan to Track your Every Move with RFID Coleen Rowley: former FBI agent and whistleblower Annie Machon: former British MI5 agent
PANEL 3 — 5:45pm - 7:45pm: Truth and Consequences: 'Resistance is Futile' , Or Is It?
A look at gains and disappointments of different social and political movements since 9-11. Four leaders of the anti-war and social justice movements speak on their experiences and the struggle to mobilize people against war, oppression, and government policies after 9-11. Panelists will look back at the Bush years and examine the current difficulty of mobilizing against the new friendly face of war under Barak Obama, as Bush's policies remain unchanged. This panel will also look at how differing analysis between leftist scholars and independent researchers on the events and repercussions of Sept. 11th, 2001 have split the left.
Moderator: Sam Husseini
The Panelists: Cindy Sheehan: American activist Elaine Brower: Military Families for Peace and 'World Can't Wait'Matthis Chiroux: Iraq Vets Against the War Sara Flounders: movement organizer, International Action Center
PANEL 4 — 8pm - 10pm: Rule of Law: Speak Truth to Power and Pay the Price
In a democracy debate is essential, unless, of course, you object to the ever more profitable war machine. Three leading American politicians and a former member of England's Parliament will look at how their governments and their own parties ousted them and others like them for taking a stance against war and equality.
Moderator: Tom Kiely
The Panelists: Mike Gravel: former Democratic Alaska US senator and presidential candidate Don Siegelman:former Alabama governor falsely convicted and jailed in a Bush era political prosecution. Cynthia Mckinney: former Democratic Georgia congresswoman targeted questioning the official 9/11 narrative and for her anti war views.
Sunday, Sept. 12
PANEL 5 — 11am - 1pm: Islamophobia and the Rise of Hate in the US
As the human rights of Muslims were sacrificed in wars outside the U.S.A., Muslims inside the U.S. began to experience overt attacks and persecution fueled by a misguided and generalized hate. In this panel, representatives of several major Muslim organizations discuss the rise of hate against their communities and its effects on all communities and on the world. After 9/11 many experienced what seemed to be a coordinated effort to legally justify racial profiling, police brutality and economic boycott. We'll take a close look at state sponsored fear and media sanctioned hate. Was 9-11 the end of equality for Muslim citizens and the end of freedom to worship wherever and whenever you please if your not a Christian or a Jew? This panel will also look at the Ground Zero Islamic cultural center controversy.
Co-Moderators: Ryme Katkhouda and Enver Masud
Ryme Katkhouda: is a member of the National Council of Arab Americans, Director of the Peoples MEDIA Center and a Sr. Producer at Pacifica Radio. Enver Masud:is founder and CEO of the Wisdom Fund and the recipient of the 2002 Gold Award from the Human Rights Foundation for his book The War on Islam. He is also a co-author of Islam: Opposing Viewpoints, and 9/11 and American Empire.
The Panelists: Imam Mahdi Bray: Director-Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, Steering committee member-ANSWER, weekly radio host Abed A. Ayoub, Esq.: Legal Director-ADC (American Arabs Anti-Discrimination Committee) Amin Nathari: National Representative of Islam in America Movement Aisha H.L. al-Adawiya: founder of Women in Islam, Inc., the oldest Muslim women’s human rights and social justice organization in New York
PANEL 6 — 1:15pm - 3:15pm: Distrust Your Government: How Conspiracy Theorists Become Conspiracy Realists
This panel will peer behind the scenes of events that shape our world. The real motives of power are often hidden behind noble pretexts. This panel will shine light into the archives of historical and future plans for managing and handling societies.
Moderator: Brian Madden
The Panelists: Peter Dale Scott: professor at U.C. Berkely, author of American War Machine: Deep Politics, the Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan Mark Crispin Miller: Author, NYU media professor, recent books include Fooled Again Michael Parenti: award winning, internationally known American political scientist, historian 1 other tba
PANEL 7 — 4:15pm -6:15pm: Are We Patriots or Are We Terrorists? Have We Grown Afraid of Our Own Government?
Why have we grown afraid of our own government? A look at racial profiling, the home grown terror legislation movement, the merging of the war on terror and the war on drugs, and the threat of collapse of civilization.
Moderator: Dick Gregory - Activist, Philosopher, Anti-Drug Crusader, Comedian, Author, Actor, Recording Artist, Nutritionist
The Panelists: Wayne Madsen: investigative journalist former NSA analyst, publisher of 'The Wayne Madsen Report'Mike Ruppert: investigative journalist, fouunder 'From the Wilderness', author of Crossing the Rubicon, center of the documentary 'Collapse' Hank Albarelli: author of A TERRIBLE MISTAKE: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments. Ralph Schoenman: author of The Hidden History of Zionism; Iraq and Kuwait, and co-host of Taking Aim with Mya Shone on Pacifica Radio and the Progressive Radio Network Gary Franchi: founder of the Lone Lantern Society of America and current head of RestoreTheRepublic.com
PANEL 8 — 6:30pm -8:30pm: The Science Of 9-11: Myths And Miracles
If 1+1=2, somebody's lying here. Reports have emerged in accredited journals from scientists presenting evidence which contradicts the official version of 9/11. A close and fair look at the government's science and that of independent professionals who disagree.
Moderator: Lenny Charles
The Panelists: Kevin Ryan: former UL labs technician fired for leaking the steel stress tests of the twin towersRichard Gage, AIA: Founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth Niels Harritt: associate professor of chemistry at the University of Copenhagen and author of a recently published scientific article in The Open Chemical Physics Journal Crockett Grabbe: Caltech astrophysicist, and University of Iowa research professor who worked on the starwars program.
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