Kevin Barrett and his PR Manager Slander 911blogger, Truthaction, and 9/11 Activists

Kevin Barrett and his PR Manager Slander 911blogger, Truthaction, and 9/11 Activists

by Arabesque

Kevin Barrett is running for Congress on a “9/11 truth” platform. His public relations manager (PR) is Rolf Lindgren, who posts at 911blogger.com as Galileo. In a reply to prominent 9/11 activist and blogger Jon Gold, Lindgren wrote on 911blogger:

“Dr. Barrett likes to take the high road, and stay out of catfights between feuding activists, especially in a public forum. Catfights make bad impressions on newbies.”

What “catfight” was Lindgren referring to? He was speaking about the Kennebunkport Warning controversy in which Cindy Sheehan was called a “wretched individual” and 9/11 activists were slandered and attacked for reporting on the controversy.

Lindgren’s statement is misleading for several reasons. First of all, the Kennebunkport Warning controversy was not a “catfight”, since the attacks were almost entirely one-sided as I prolifically documented. This statement is also inaccurate since Mr. Barrett participated in the slander. In other words, Barrett was a part of the controversy. After adding his signature to the Kennebunkport Warning, Barrett said the following about Cindy Sheehan and other anti-war activists:

“But Tarpley’s ill-considered accusation is nothing next to the mendacious fraud accusations put forth by the four regretful signatories… Frankly, if I were one of the Warning’s organizers, I would be strongly considering legal action. The possibility of cointelpro involvement in this affair is not to be dismissed. It is hard to imagine how anyone could be so stupidly unethical as to make transparently false accusations of forgery without some form of pressure having been applied. That pressure could come from threats; or, more likely, from “nice antiwar friends” from the foundation-funded pseudo-left… the kind of people professional 9/11 coverup agent Chip Berlet hangs out with. Cindi Sheehan and her foundation-funded fake-peace-movement “friends” are easy targets for this kind of manipulation by professional psy-oppers. Wake up, Cindi! Anyone who takes foundation money is on the CIA payroll. The foundation-funded “left” magazines, radio shows, and organizations are CIA propaganda outlets. It really IS that simple.”

(Note: For the record, the current version of this article was edited to remove these attacks after 9/11 activists complained, but the screenshot I have attached proves that Barrett made these statements.)
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Visibility 9-11 Welcomes Ralph Schoenman

This week Visibility 9-11 Welcomes to the program, author, radio talk show host, and long time activist Ralph Schoenman Long active in political life, Ralph Schoenman has been involved in international resistance to imperialism and active in the workers’ movement in the United States.  The author of several books and publications, Ralph has written and lectured on the topics of the assassinations of President Kennedy and his brother, Malcom X, Martin Luther King, and the events of September 11th, 2001.

In this episode, Ralph discusses many of the problems with our present government and it’s propensity to do whatever it takes to hold onto their ominous power, including the infiltration and disruption of movements for social change.  Discussions include the “Kennebunkport Warning” and the recent disruptive and divisive accusations by Webster Tarpley against prominent peace and 9-11 activists.

Direct Download this episode of Visibility 9-11 or listen in the embedded player below.

Webster Tarpley Attacks 9-11 Activists on 6th Anniversary in NYC

Webster Tarpley Attacks 9-11 Activists on 6th Anniversary in NYC

If you drag the play indicator to one hour and 33 minute mark, you can witness the outrageous ad hominem attacks for yourself. I urge everyone to closely read my essay, 9-11 Synthetic Error – The meltdown of Webster G. Tarpley

UPDATE:  After exposing Webster Tarpley as a disinformation specialist, this video mysteriously disappeared off the internet.  You can still read about these unprecedented attacks on 9-11 activists Arabesque, Cosmos, and Michael Wolsey by reading the article 9-11 Synthetic Error – The meltdown of Webster G. Tarpley.  Fortunately, we still have the audio of Webster Tarpley attacking the 9-11 activists on his radio show which can be heard here.  You can also see the professionally commissioned cartoon featuring these 9-11 activists which was produced by Webster Tarpley and transmitted around the internet.

Editor’s Note:  UPDATE – Shortly after this video of Webster Tarpley attacking 9-11 activists surfaced, Webster Tarpley was soundly spanked and delegated to the un-trustable fringe of the movement by myself and many others.  It wasn’t long after that, this video disappeared down the memory hole.  I strongly urge the person who owns this video to put it back on youtube to better document this ugly chapter in 9-11 truth.  Fortunately, we still have the audio from Webster Tarpley’s radio program, basically saying the same things he said in this video, of course, without showing our pictures to an audience at a 9-11 anniversary event in NYC.

Kennebunkport Warning Cartoon: We are Funded by the Ford Foundation Because we Oppose Divisive Language?

Not a bad likeness, although my friends say my chin isn’t as long. One thing for sure, they got my cheap sunglasses! For a background on the ongoing attacks on me, Cosmos, Arabesque, and Col. Jenny Sparks, be sure and read my essay, 9-11 Synthetic Error – The meltdown of Webster G. Tarpley. Also see The Kennebunkport Warning Controversy Reviewed.

-Michael

Kennebunkport Warning Cartoon: We are Funded by the Ford Foundation Because we Oppose Divisive Language?

by Arabesque

barlet.gifIn yet another strange twist in the Kennebunkport Warning Controversy, a professional-quality cartoon suggests that Cosmos, Michael Wolsey, Arabesque, and Col. Jenny Sparks work for Chip Berlet and the Ford Foundation. Let’s examine this hilarious cartoon, shall we.

First of all, I have spoken out about Mr. Berlet; he is anti-9/11 truth and is not a credible source of information. Like all dubious sources, his material must be examined carefully and corroborated before acceptance at face value.

In the cartoon, we are seen marching against 9/11 truth and the Kennebunkport Warning with “FBI marching orders“, “poison pens“, and “funding” from the Ford Foundation. The claim that we “oppose” the Kennebunkport warning is demonstrably absurd. Take a look at the original post of the Kennebunkport Warning on 911blogger. Who supplied evidence to support the warning? It wasn’t Tarpley–he simply claimed “massive evidence” without at first providing any in the original post. It was me. If I “opposed” the warning, why would I support it with my own research? In fact, I’ve said all along I don’t oppose the warning.

In reality, Mr. Tarpley and his associates have continued to evade our complaint about the divisive language and accusations hurled against the anti-war activists. When we brought attention to this issue, Mr. Tarpley and his supporters started hurling the accusations at us.

Now let’s put this in perspective: Is Mr. Tarpley calling us “funded by the Ford Foundation”, and “CoIntelPro” because we oppose his divisive language?

If so, that is one of the most ridiculous accusations I have ever heard. It’s too bad I don’t have the “funding” to commission hilarious and professional-quality cartoons in response.

Cartoonish Attacks on 9-11 Activists Actually Emerge as a Cartoon!

9-11 Synthetic Error – The meltdown of Webster G. Tarpley

9-11 Synthetic Error – The meltdown of Webster G. Tarpley
by Michael Wolsey
September 17, 2007

“In our movement there has to be a sphere of theoretical discussion, which has to be done in a business-like and respectful manner, without slander, without defamation, without ad hominem attacks on every page.”
Originally broadcast on World Crisis Radio with Webster Tarpley, Sept. 9, 2006.

John Leonard, who as far as I can tell is the publisher of Webster G. Tarpley’s book, 9/11Synthetic Terror, Made in the USA, posted a blog entry at 911blogger.com dated September 6th, 2007 and titled Tarpley’s Rx for US 9/11 Truth Movement: Diversity and Civility in Discussion, Unity in Action.  As you can see from the above quote attributed to Mr. Tarpley, he is asking the 9-11 movement to conduct themselves in a “business-like and respectful manner, without slander, without defamation, without ad hominem attacks on every page.”

I agree wholeheartedly with the above statement by Mr. Tarpley.  I have been aware of the divisions within the 9-11 movement for years now and know that they have slowed our progress toward the truth behind the events of September 11th.  We do need to come together around the best possible evidence we have and get behind the best researchers to keep propelling our 9-11 questions to the forefront of the public eye.  So I was a bit surprised to find out that the very day that this article surfaced at 911blogger.com, Webster Tarpley was publicly attacking me, Cosmos, Col. Jenny Sparks, Jon Gold, and Arabesque on his radio program GCN World report.  In order to understand better what prompted this attack, it is important to step back in time and examine the circumstances surrounding the emergence of what is known as “The Kennebunkport Warning”, hereafter known in this article as the KW.  It is also worth a look at Mr. Tarpley himself and what he believes and advocates.

As news of the KW began to surface on the internet in late August, 2007, I received an email from a fellow activist here in Colorado who is a friend of one of the alleged “signers” of the KW, Dr. Dahlia Wasfi.  This email contained a statement by Dr. Wasfi saying that she did not sign the KW despite the fact that images being passed around the internet showed her signature among others including Cindy Sheehan on the document.  I immediately posted this discrepancy to the KW thread at 911blogger.com, which began the entire controversy.  Dr. Wasfi first issued a statement which read:

“I signed a statement in Kennebunkport to endorse the impeachment of Dick Cheney, but my signature has been used on this “Warning” without my consent. While I was humbled to have my signature misappropriated with such prominent voices as Cindy Sheehan, Cynthia McKinney, and Jamilla El-Shafei, none of us signed that document.”

She later released a joint statement, originally published at her website and from herself and three of the other “signers” which read:

Each of us were approached during the rally at the Kennebunkport event on August 25, 2007, to sign a statement calling for the immediate impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney. Since then, the statement has been altered and posted on the internet, making it appear as if we have evidence that this administration will carry out a “false-flag terror operation.”  None of us have such evidence, and therefore, none of us signed a statement stating that we do.  We wish the authors of the document well in continuing much needed investigations of all aspects of 9/11.

Signed:
Jamilla El-Shafei
Cindy Sheehan
Dahlia Wasfi
Ann Wright

Later, Dr. Wasfi also appeared on my program for a frank discussion about the KW and the abusive treatment offered by its author and supporters.

Despite a courteous denial, supplying their reasons and wishing those in the 9-11 movement luck, these messages were met with extremely harsh rhetoric coming from the supporters of the KW, led by its author, Webster Tarpley himself. In an email circulated to various 9-11 researchers and activists, Mr. Tarpley wrote:

Dear Friends —

Please get organizations from the peace, impeachment, anti-globalization, 9/11 truth, and other movements, as well as high-profile personalities, celebrities, etc., to endorse, support, distribute, and publicize the Kennebunkport Warning.  Some of the signers, under the obvious threats of totalitarian forces, are lying in appalling fashion about what they signed and if they signed. You can see for yourself from the facsimile who signed.  We need to move beyond these wretched individuals* to build support for this mobilization alert as we enter a very dangerous weekend.  Please make a special effort to gather support.

Webster Tarpley

*emphasis added throughout

In looking back at the sequence of events, it is not hard to see why someone might be puzzled at the recent boisterous rantings coming from Mr. Tarpley.  Many have seen this and regard his actions as contradictory, if not hypocritical.  Is it not strange that less than a year prior to these events surrounding the KW, Mr. Tarpley issued his call for unity and civility, and even reprinted the appeal in the 2007 4th edition of his book, pp. 452-453.  Why then, immediately before the 6th anniversary 9-11 events, did Mr. Tarpley and other supporters of the KW viciously attack leaders of the Peace Movement?  Why did you and your followers do this Mr. Tarpley, and why did you lead the way in these attacks?  Apparently the call to respect others and act in a “manner, without slander, without defamation, without ad hominem attacks on every page” does not extend to members of the Peace Movement.  We find out later that they do not extend to the 9-11 Truth Movement either.

Unfortunately, the harsh rhetoric aimed at the “signers” of the KW did not end with Mr. Tarpley.  Craig Hill, who has been a KW supporter from the beginning, has supplied us with some of the most vicious attacks to date on these Peace Activists, referring to them as “The Dahliar 4”.  From a posting by Joan Jones at the truthaction.org forum come the following statements attributed to Mr. Hill:

“The hoax lies in the lies of the signers”

 “Dahlia Wasafi is the original instigator of the campaign to destroy the messenger and the message of the Kennebunkport Warning”

” Dahlia is worse even than a liar, she is either part of the war effort she claims she denounces or an idiot out of her depth.”

 “The hoax here consists of a rally, essentially, by some of the signers to protect Dahlia’s family by amazingly, clumsily, arrogantly and stupidly destroying the credibility of a patriot who is simply trying to do what they have not the guts or brains to do on their own.”

” the bitterly dubious integrity of Cindy Sheehan or her crapulous judgment”

Here is a quote from Mr. Hill when he was a guest on Mr. Tarpley’s radio program on September 6, 2007:

“I’m beginning to think more and more that the peace movement is very much more infiltrated, and controlled even by elements of the perpetrators, coming from the perpetrators than even the 9-11 movement…And the reason I say that is that it seems now on 911blogger, which is supposedly THE authority on the internet such as it is for all things 9-11, has taken the side of these people who I call the Dahliar 4.In other words, the Dah-Liar 4.D-A-H-L-I-A-RJust put an R at the end of the name Dahlia.”

Isn’t that cute Mr. Hill?  Not bad for a 4th grader, but a grown man?  And you want to be part of the US Senate?  You can’t be serious.

Another supporter of the KW has been Bruce Marshall.  As you can hear from listening to the final segment of the September 3, 2007 edition of Truth Revolution Radio with Cosmos, Bruce Marshall is not interested in the “business-like” and “respectful” behavior that Mr. Tarpley advocated.  In fact, Mr. Tarpley himself was unwilling to abide by his own words and set the example.  His followers quickly followed suit, even using Mr. Tarpley’s radio program as a platform to ruthlessly slam “The Dahliar 4”.

I have to say that it is more than puzzling to attempt to explain Mr. Tarpley’s behavior toward the alleged signers of the KW.  It is completely contrary to his previous statements calling for unity, and goes against his efforts to promote the KW as an important document.  I cannot speak for others but I would think a reasonable individual who wanted to promote a certain cause, or in this case, a “document”, would want to avoid controversy.  If you really wanted widespread attention for your cause, controversy would be detrimental to your credibility and would turn people off to your message.  So why then, did the active supporters of the KW do everything possible to create as much controversy as possible?  Is this the first sign of a meltdown from Webster Tarpley?  Let us examine Mr. Tarpley a bit more in detail.

It is important now to go back to where we began this article.  On September 9, 2006 Mr. Tarpley made the following statement:

“In our movement there has to be a sphere of theoretical discussion, which has to be done in a business-like and respectful manner, without slander, without defamation, without ad hominem attacks on every page.”

A transcript was made from a segment of the radio program, which included the above quotation in the context of a larger discussion about the divisions within our movement.  This transcript, as previously mentioned, was posted at 911blogger.com on September 6th, 2007 and also printed in the 4th edition of Mr. Tarpley’s book, pp. 452-453 and titled Tarpley’s Rx for US 9/11 Truth Movement: Diversity and Civility in Discussion, Unity in Action.  What exactly does Mr. Tarpley mean when he uses the word “diversity” in this title?  Is this another word for the “big tent” analogy?

After being involved in the 9-11 movement for several years now, I have seen first hand how the disinformation is introduced and promulgated.  I have seen the instigators and been the target of their assaults because I would not circulate ridiculous theories about what happened on 9-11.  I have seen how these divisions are nurtured and I have seen how the disinformation has been injected into the pool of reputable 9-11 information.  The above remarks from Mr. Tarpley were delivered in a larger context as an appeal for all 9-11 truth activists to come together despite our differences.  In the larger context, Tarpley was calling for unity and civility around the information, think “diversity”.  Mr. Tarpley is suggesting a coming together, if you will, under what is known as the “big tent”, all in the name of “diversity”.  What if scientists and engineers used this diversity argument in their research and practice?

While I agree with Mr. Tarpley’s call for unity, I do not agree with the context in which this appeal has been delivered.  I believe it is essential that we only present to the public the best information that we have in our attempts to awaken the sleeping masses.  If we are to convince the average skeptic that “9-11 was an inside job”, then we had better be able to provide convincing proof if we hope to get that person on board with the movement.  Be very cautious of anyone who says differently.  If you don’t believe me, tell your friends that you think there were no planes on 9-11.  Tell them that the images they saw on TV that day were inserted real time into the live video AND all the still photos that were taken on that day.  Tell them that explosives were detonated inside the towers in the exact shape of an aircraft to imitate a plane hitting it.  While you are at it, tell them a missile hit the Pentagon and then tell them that space beams brought down the World Trade Center and see how they react.  Don’t be surprised if they discount your notions out of hand and laugh at you; maybe even call you a few names.  Would you be surprised if you found out that Mr. Tarpley advocates and supports these ridiculous theories?  It sure surprised me.

All this is not to say that I think that the work of researchers should be censored.  On the contrary, I think that a person has a right to pursue whatever line of research he or she decides.  If someone thinks that they have research that deserves attention, Dr. Steven E. Jones has provided an outlet for such purpose called the Journal of 9-11 Studies.  This site was set up and invites all theories to be submitted for peer review by other 9-11 researchers.  As Dr. Jones has said, all theories are welcome at the Journal, indeed encouraged.  While most 9-11 activists and researchers invite new and credible research to support our assertions (isn’t that what we all want?), we also recognize the need to use caution when presenting information to the public.  It goes without saying to most reasonable people that if you are going to talk about 9-11 to the public, you better have your ducks in a row.

Let us now take a look at the big tent that Mr. Tarpley wants us to come together under, and see who else would be there with us when we get there.  A good place to start is Mr. Tarpley’s book, 9/11 Synthetic Terror, published through Progressive Press.  This book was hailed by many as one of the better books on the subject of September 11th.  Upon closer examination, there are many clues which would tell us Mr. Tarpley’s version of who would be joining us under his big tent.

Mr. Tarpley includes in his book, a foreword written by a man named Thierry Meyssan.  In his article 9/11 Conspiracies: When a Knock is a Boost, which was a response to the History Channel hit piece, Mr. Tarpley heaps praise upon Mr. Meyssan, writing:

“Thierry Meyssan, the founder of our worldwide movement, got more recognition tonight than he has ever received in this country, and it is about time – his book the Big Lie is and remains a classic.”

Far from the “founder of our worldwide movement”, Mr. Meyssan has been the original source for the “no plane” theories which have so divided the 9-11 movement.  Mr. Meyssan gave us the original straw man argument, which first surfaced as the idea that a truck bomb caused the damage at the Pentagon.  This story later morphed into the claim that a missile or a global hawk hit the Pentagon.  Later, these Pentagon theories gave birth to the ridiculous notion that no planes were used on 9-11 whatsoever.  Mr. Meyssan and his theories, and all those related to his original claims have been widely rejected by serious 9-11 researchers and activists for years.  Is it reasonable to assume that Mr. Tarpley is unaware that most of the movement has soundly rejected Mr. Meyssan’s work?  Why does Mr. Tarpley feature Mr. Meyssan so prominently in his book, and speak so highly of him and his work?  I submit that the reason for this is not ignorance, but acceptance and endorsement.

Let us now turn to the back cover of Mr. Tarpley’s book.  We see that Mr. Meyssan is handsomely represented there too in one of a series of short endorsements of the book.  Almost surprisingly, among the other short endorsements is one written by the notorious blogger and troublemaker, Nico Haupt.  Mr. Haupt, well known as a disinformation specialist has been extremely vitriolic toward any 9-11 researcher or activist (or anyone for that matter) who refuses to accept and promote his unproven theory that not only were there no planes on 9-11, but what he calls “TV fakery” was used to superimpose the images of planes hitting the towers in real time, on live TV.  Mr. Haupt has repeatedly attacked me and many others and it is believed he is in part responsible for the dis-informative and derogatory websites 911truthy.org, 911 Truthlings Watch (now defunct,) and 911researchers.com (now defunct, not appearing in web archive).  In this article from the Rolling Stone magazine, Matt Taibbi refers to Mr. Haupt as “the movement’s house lunatic”, citing an anecdote where Mr. Haupt tried to provoke him into a fight while picketing his office.  It is beyond debate that Mr. Haupt is one of the worst problems facing the 9-11 movement, yet he is featured prominently on the back of Mr. Tarpley’s book and has been a guest on Mr. Tarpley’s radio program.  Why?  Can we consider this an endorsement of Mr. Haupt and his ludicrous behavior and theories?

Another standout personality featured on the back of Mr. Tarpley’s book is a man named Gerhard Wisnewski who is coincidentally a supporter of the KW.  Mr. Wisnewski’s website is in German but also contains a rudimentary English translation. Despite what is probably a rough translation, there seems to be indications that Mr. Wisnewski also believes there were no planes on 9-11.  One quote I did find to this effect reads:

“Two passenger planes (at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania) disappear without a trace – the two others leaving no trace of a voice recorder and, in the case of the World Trade Center, most likely not even bodies.”

From A Medieval Myth by Gerhard Wisnewski

One thing that is certain when you look at his website is that Mr. Wisnewski believes that the landing on the moon was all a hoax.  He has, in fact, written two books on the topic titled One Small Step? and his new book, Lies in Space.  While I do not fall on either side of this debate, the fact still remains that if the opportunity were to ever present itself to the mainstream media, they would use these “moon landing hoax’ theories to discredit Mr. Wisnewski’s 9-11 work and the movement in general.   If we welcome Mr. Wisnewski under our big tent, why not bring in the holocaust deniers, anti-Semites, and alien abductees?  Is that what you want Mr. Tarpley?

We can also look to supporters of the KW for clues as to who would be joining us under our big tent, here constructed by Webster Tarpley.  On his September 6, 2007 edition of Genesis World Report, Mr. Tarpley said:

“Who supported the Kennebunkport Warning?  Well, as you heard last week, generally speaking, recognized leaders who have built the 9-11 and the peace movements over many years.  That would include Jim Fetzer, you’ve seen him fighting with Hannity and other people on television, Kevin Barrett who fought at the university of Wisconsin, Daniel Abrahamson of False Flag News, Jimmy Walter, who put on the biggest single 9-11 meeting we’ve ever had in New York City in September of 2004, Morgan Stack, a heroic 9-11 fighter from Ireland, Gerhard Wisnewski, he’s got two books out plus the first big special on prime time network television in one of the larger NATO countries, and now Yumi Kikuchi of the Global Peace Campaign in Japan, a very important group, and of course Bruce Marshall who’s been instrumental in fighting the impeachment battles up in Vermont.”

We have already discussed in detail some of these supporters of the KW. Let us take a brief look at some of the others not previously mentioned.  Under Mr. Tarpley’s big tent of diversity, we would obviously have Mr. Jim Fetzer.  This is the same Mr. Fetzer who is responsible for the break up of Scholars for 9-11 Truth.  Among other things, Mr. Fetzer ruthlessly attacked Dr. Jones on several occasions, and Dr. Jones responded with facts and answers in a peer-reviewed letter. This is the same Mr. Fetzer who openly supports divisive people like those at WING-TV and Nico Haupt, the same Mr. Fetzer who promotes the junk science of “TV fakery”, space beam promoters Judy Wood and “no planes on 9-11”, Morgan Reynolds (at the st911.org site). Fetzer has threatened legal action against several 9/11 researchers but fortunately failed in his legal action against 9/11 researcher Fred Burks.  Mr. Fetzer’s “Scholars” group has shrunk by about half since his attacks on others in the 9/11 Truth community.  This also happens to be the same Mr. Fetzer who has been widely rejected by serious 9-11 activists.  Jim Fetzer is far from a “recognized leader” who has “built the 9-11 and peace movements over many years”.  It is a huge distortion for Mr. Tarpley to include Jim Fetzer in such a list.  Is it possible that Mr. Tarpley is unaware of the movement wide rejection of Mr. Fetzer and his Orwellian “Scholars for 9-11 Truth”? (Fetzer’s small group was, however, identified with the 9/11 community in the History Channel attack piece.) Or does he support the use of absurd theories in presentations to the public?

Below is an excerpt from an email I recently received from someone who had looked into our movement for what he calls “an inordinate amount of time”.  Take a good look at the handy work of Mr. Jim Fetzer.

“The 9/11 attacks were the deliberate action of Al Qaida, they planned it, confessed, they had the means and the motive. Last year I spent an inordinate amount of time reading up on various 9/11 claims and found them not credible. The self named “Scholars for 9/11 truth” contained almost no scholars with any relevant expertise……”

How about the “heroic 9-11 fighter from Ireland”, Morgan Stack?  A quick look at his website, now defunct, reveals him to be a big supporter of the KW.  Mr. Stack is also, apparently a big supporter of Scholars for 9-11 Truth, “TV fakery”, and “no planes on 9-11” advocate Morgan Reynolds.

These are the promoters of the Kennebunkport Warning according to Mr. Tarpley.  Is it a coincidence that most of them, including Mr. Tarpley himself, are also pushing the worst dis-information about 9-11?  Is this your idea of “diversity” Mr. Tarpley?  Why did Mr. Tarpley not mention some of the plethora of solid researchers and activists who have really built our movement?

Unfortunately, Mr. Tarpley again ignored his own advice, when on September 6th, 2007 he renewed his attacks on the “Dahliar 4”.  On his radio program, Mr. Tarpley again used his platform to attack those who claimed that they did not sign the KW, but this time his derogatory rhetoric included ad hominem attacks on me, Cosmos and truthaction.org, Arabesque and his website, meticulous 9-11 researcher Jon Gold, and blogger “Col. Jenny Sparks”.  We were 5 people who had the courage to stand up and say “Hey wait a minute here!” when we saw Mr. Tarpley and others attacking these ladies in the Peace movement.  Many of us who have been involved in the 9-11 movement for a long time have worked hard on forging relationships between our movement and the Peace movement.  We saw these attacks as detrimental to all of our hard work and called Mr. Tarpley and Mr. Hill out on their reprehensible behavior.  We have said all along that we do not totally disagree with the content of the KW.  What we do object to is the way the alleged “signers” were treated by the author and purveyors of this document.  We have also asked the question, and still do, why don’t you take these signatures off your document?

Below is a short transcript of the main part of Mr. Tarpley’s attack on me and the others.  The audio of the 2nd hour of his program, where these remarks can be heard is found here.

“Who opposes the Kennebunkport warning? We discovered going through this that if you take all the slanderous filth, counter-organizing, disinformation and so forth, about two-thirds of it comes from about half a dozen people as far as I can see.   And let’s tell you who they are.  First of all, you have to look at the site called truthaction.org.  As far as I can see about two-thirds of the site appears to be devoted to slanders and vilification of the Kennebunkport Warning.  This shows what one can only call the typical style of the counter-gang.  In other words it takes elements from lots of people’s work including my own.  They talk about truth squads, they have a candidate tracker, they talk about a general strike, they take things from Ron Paul, they take things from We Are Change, but then they mix in a huge dose of anonymous slander, vilification, denigration, calumny, libel, and defamation.  The leading poison pen seems to be an individual called Cosmos.  Now this I think is extremely objectionable.  Here is somebody who will not tell you his real name but he demands the right to be a poison pen.  Anonymous slanders are his stock and trade.  He wants to slander you and vilify you from the shadows, spread disinformation, distortions.  These are the venom-mongers, the merchants of pus who like to operate from behind the scenes.  These are the wreckers and saboteurs, and of course the question is posed: Is this COINTELPRO?  Is this the conform of the FBI counter-gang?  Those are interesting questions.  I can’t answer them, but they are very interesting.

Then we have somebody else called Colonel Jenny Sparks in quotation marks.  She shows herself as a cartoon figure prancing in an abbreviated costume before the Union Jack.  Another poison pen slanderer, another wrecker and saboteur.  The only questions we have are, is this COINTELPRO, is this the current style of the FBI counter-gang?

So here we have Cosmos who shows you he looks like he’s trying to imitate Che Guavara or a member of the Sons of David baseball team.  He’s hiding behind a huge beard, looks like the Italian aviators in A Night at the Opera.  He’s got this army fatigue cap pulled down over his eyes so you can’t see him, he might as well be anonymous. Jenny Sparks completely anonymous.

Michael Wolsey, Visibility 9/11. He appears of course in shades, he’s got some cool shades on, he doesn’t want you to see him.  Remember visibility911.com is not the same as 911visibility.org.  911visibility.org is a reputable website; you have Janice Matthews and many others who work there.  This is visibility911.com with Michael Wolsey.

Another person who has been active in these slander operations is somebody called Arabesque.  Arabesque has a blog devoted to discussing 9/11 news research and disinformation, and I think the disinformation department is absolutely admirable.  He seems to have all the disinformation you could want.  He’s pushing it and peddling it on this sleazy, smelly website.  So that’s arabesque911.blogspot.com.

The interesting thing about these people is that they all appear in the year 2006, 2007.  What’s their track record in the 9/11 truth movement?  Do they have any?  Do they have contributions?  Have they done anything to build the movement?  Who are they? They come out of nowhere and then they set themselves up as leaders.  Cosmos in particular starts saying that it’s time for everybody to get active on the eleventh on every month.  Well we don’t need him to tell us this and to take credit for it.

I’m afraid also Jon Gold is somebody who has been in the movement, puts his blog at Arabesque and he has joined in the slanders.

These people have practiced a constructive fraud on public opinion.  I think they operate with multiple pseudonyms.  We do not know who they are.  Colonel Jenny Sparks for all we know may be a cigar-chomping FBI agent or a branch of Shin Bet somewhere in the Occupied Territories or a subcommittee of the National Security Council.  We simply do not know.

Colonel Jenny Sparks appears with no face.  Arabesque has no face.  Cosmos has got the cap pulled down over his eyes.  Michael Wolsey’s got his shades on.  These are the poison pens and the slander snipers and these are the people you have to watch out for.

And I think it is monstrous that a lot of people who have been in the 9/11 movement and have seen COINTELPRO in action in past years are now willing to go down this road once again with disinformation, distortion and the constant mania of people who insist on operating under false names, anonymous slanderers.  It’s a despicable way to wage political activity.”

[transcript by CV]

These are the same kind of ad hominem attacks that come from the mainstream media when we try to talk about 9-11.  The big difference here is that these attacks are being orchestrated by a high profile member of the 9-11 movement, aimed at other members of the same movement.  Worse still, is the fact that these unfounded and unproven allegations are very serious and include accusations of being government agents.

Throughout this attack, Mr. Tarpley engages in ridiculous and transparent arguments, instead of addressing the concerns we have.  Sound familiar?  This is exactly what the main stream media does to us as a movement.  The above rant is a text book example of an ad hominem.  Dictionary.com defines an ad hominem as:

2. attacking an opponent’s character rather than answering his argument.  A Latin expression meaning “to the man.”  An ad hominem argument is one that relies on personal attacks rather than reason or substance

Why did you not address our concerns Mr. Tarpley, but instead, chose to engage in the exact behavior we abhor from the mainstream media?  Instead of answering our questions, you attacked us Mr. Tarpley.  Answer our questions won’t you?  Why did you attack these ladies in the Peace movement?  Why don’t you take them off your document?

During this rant, Mr. Tarpley relied exclusively on personal attacks or ad hominems. You attack me because I have sunglasses on in a couple of pictures at my website?  I don’t want anyone to know who I am?  Is this for real?  If Mr. Tarpley had bothered to look, he would have found this picture of me, without sunglasses.  And by the way, I do use my real name.  How am I anonymous Mr. Tarpley?  And so what if I was?  Does anonymity automatically make one COINTELPRO?  Or is it anonymity, together with standing up to you that invites this designation?  What about “George Washington” over at 911blogger Mr. Tarpley.  Is he COINTELPRO too?

Mr. Tarpley, how do your transparent attacks make us COINTELPRO? How does the fact that Arabesque and Col. Jenny Sparks chose to write under pen names make them COINTELPRO?  How does having a nickname, or a beard, or a hat make Cosmos COINTELPRO?  Where is your proof of these allegations Mr. Tarpley?

Apparently, Mr. Tarpley chose to take these attacks to the 6th anniversary events in NYC. According to a posting at truthmove.org stating:

“im at the conference right now. tarpley just called cosmos, jenny sparks, arabesque, michael wolsey, and john gold all cointelpro. he even put pictures of some of these peopleup on the screen.”

If it is true that Mr. Tarpley did indeed make theses accusations against me, Cosmos, Arabesque, and Jenny, these are serious claims that I do not take lightly.  As they say out here in the West, Mr. Tarpley, either put up or shut up.  Provide the evidence to back up your claims, or shut up.   Of course, Mr. Tarpley cannot “put up” and that is why he chose to use ad hominems in a feeble attempt to demonize me and my colleagues.  May I be the first of many to denounce such behavior from Mr. Tarpley and I demand a public retraction and apology, to myself, and to all whom Mr. Tarpley has attacked, including the ladies in the Peace Movement who want their names removed from the KW.  Mr. Tarpley, you also owe the entire movement an apology for such juvenile actions and behaviors.

Another equally unfounded statement by Mr. Tarpley is as follows:

The interesting thing about these people is that they all appear in the year 2006, 2007.  What’s their track record in the 9/11 truth movement?  Do they have any?  Do they have contributions?  Have they done anything to build the movement?  Who are they?  They come out of nowhere and then they set themselves up as leaders.

This statement constitutes a gross distortion at best, and at worst, a blatant lie.  Speaking for myself, I can say that this statement is an insult to the selfless work I have done in the 9-11 movement for years now.  Others have recognized my work as well, here, here, here, here, here, and here.  Did you bother to look into my work at all before you made the decision to attack me Mr. Tarpley?  Not even a google search?  It seems to me had Mr. Tarpley done just a bit of homework, he could not have, with a clear conscience, said the things about me that he did.

I know there were lies and fabrications and ad hominems aimed at my colleagues Cosmos, Arabesque, Jon Gold, and Col. Jenny Sparks, which I will leave for them to address individually.  It should be known that I denounce Mr. Tarpley and his ad hominem attack on all of us in the strongest of terms and that the others who were attacked have my full and undivided support.

In closing I will say that what Mr. Tarpley has done to cause the controversy surrounding the KW is nothing short of despicable.  Additionally, he has for years promoted some of the worst information regarding the 9-11 cover-up, a fact that seems to either have been ignored, or hidden in plain sight, or both.Today, instead of practicing what he preaches, he simply attacks anyone who might dare stand up to his egomaniacal little tirade against the Peace Activists.  I am aware of calls to move past the KW, and yes, I would like nothing better.  This has cost me many hours of valuable time that I could have used much better.  However, the fact remains that Webster G. Tarpley has behaved in a way that cannot and should not be ignored.  In the past, and using the mantra “for the sake of the movement”, it has been the practice to ignore these disruptors.  What has ignoring these people done?  Have things got better as a result of ignoring them?  Have they gone away?  On the contrary, like busy little termites, the have been slowly eating away at the foundations of our movement.  These outrageous actions by Mr. Tarpley cannot, and will not go unchallenged by me.  We as a movement need to come together on how we handle such disruptors and re-evaluate the unwritten, failed policy of ignoring them and hoping they will just go away.

We Don’t Need Any More Warnings

We Don’t Need Any More Warnings
by Kevin Ryan

the-warning.JPGWhile busy with an event on September 10th of this year, I heard about some goings-on that resulted in bad publicity for the 9/11 Truth movement. Of course it is no longer surprising to many of us, who have been involved in fighting for the truth for years, that there would be some kind of hullabaloo just before the anniversary. This year the uproar included something called the “Kennebunkport Warning”, and a problem with this document as pointed out by some of the alleged signatories.

This warning document itself did not present any newsworthy information as far as I can see, other than the idea that some leaders of the Peace movement may have signed it. In fact, if it weren’t for these few signatures from prominent leaders of the Peace movement the warning would have been unremarkable, actually, as the message is fairly standard fair within the 9/11 Truth crowd, and is what many of us would be expected to say.

But when those prominent Peace movement leaders put out a statement suggesting that their signatures were either obtained under false pretenses, and/or they were less than fully aware of the entire message they had signed on to, the document gained attention. And as could have been predicted, that attention quickly turned into a divisive mess.

People asked how this could have happened. Then accusations were made, culminating in some ludicrous claims that some of our best leaders were disinformation agents for the government. How can we tell? Because, for example, one wears sunglasses and another has a beard. Brilliant.

Maybe this is just another ego problem, and maybe not. If it is, then it’s another opportunity to better understand that common problem we share. After all, that is the game upon which we are, as a society, being played.

As usual, we’ll see how these things develop, but we don’t really need any more warnings. We’ll do what we can to communicate the vital need for 9/11 truth and reach out to others in our country who work for peace. Until then, my thoughts and support go out to the great Cindy Sheehan, my friends Jon Gold and Michael Wolsey, the fine writer Arabesque, and those others who were unfairly treated in this incident. Hang in there and don’t give up hope.

(mp3) Webster Tarpley Attacks 9-11 Activists on the Genesis World Report

Webster Tarpley Attacks 9-11 Activists on the Genesis World Report
From the September 6, 2007 broadcast on GCN.
Rebroadcast on September 13, 2007.

Full audio of the 2nd hour here.

Transcript of selected excerpts:

“Who opposes the Kennebunkport warning? We discovered going through this that if you take all the slanderous filth, counter-organizing, disinformation and so forth, about two-thirds of it comes from about half a dozen people as far as I can see. And let’s tell you who they are. First of all, you have to look at the site called truthaction.org. As far as I can see about two-thirds of the site appears to be devoted to slanders and vilification of the Kennebunkport Warning. This shows what one can only call the typical style of the counter-gang. In other words it takes elements from lots of people’s work including my own. They talk about truth squads, they have a candidate tracker, they talk about a general strike, they take things from Ron Paul, they take things from We Are Change, but then they mix in a huge dose of anonymous slander, vilification, denigration, calumny, libel, and defamation. The leading poison pen seems to be an individual called Cosmos. Now this I think is extremely objectionable. Here is somebody who will not tell you his real name but he demands the right to be a poison pen. Anonymous slanders are his stock and trade. He wants to slander you and vilify you from the shadows, spread disinformation, distortions. These are the venom-mongers, the merchants of pus who like to operate from behind the scenes. These are the wreckers and saboteurs, and of course the question is posed: Is this COINTELPRO? Is this the conform of the FBI counter-gang? Those are interesting questions. I can’t answer them, but they are very interesting.

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(mp3) Truth Revolution Radio with Cosmos

truthnow.jpgTruth Revolution Radio with Cosmos
Monday, September 3, 2007

Michael Wolsey of Visibility911.com was the guest on the Sept. 3 edition of Truth Revolution Radio. We discussed his work as a truth activist and radio host, with a special focus on his series on COINTELPRO. We are also joined by investigative activist Col. Jenny Sparks and discuss a bit of the controversy behind The Kennebunkport Warning.

Bruce Marshall called in during the last segment to discuss his role in promoting The Kennebunkport Warning, during which Mr. Marshall lost control of himself and began screaming and yelling. Hear it for yourself by clicking here.

Visibility 9-11 Welcomes Peace Activist Dr. Dahlia Wasfi

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This week Visibility 9-11 welcomes peace activist Dr. Dahlia Wasfi to discuss her connections to the war in Iraq, her activism against the war, and her views on the 9-11 cover-up. Dr. Wasfi also responds to recent ad hominem attacks aimed at her and other alleged “signers” of the Kennebunkport Warning.

Visit Dr. Wasfi’s website here.
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Courage to Resist

Intermission music by Yvan Le Gall.

Listen to the program here.

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