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As seen in this revealing photo the Twin Towers' destruction exhibited all the characteristics of destruction by explosions:

1.

Extremely rapid onset of “collapse”

2.

Sounds of explosions at plane impact zone — a full second prior to collapse (heard by 118 first responders as well as by media reporters)

3.

Observations of flashes (seen by numerous professionals)

4.

Squibs, or “mistimed” explosions, 40 floors below the “collapsing” building seen in all the videos

5.

Mid-air pulverization of all the 90,000 tons of concrete and steel decking, filing cabinets & 1000 people – mostly to dust

6.

Massive volume of expanding pyroclastic dust clouds

7.

Vertical progression of full building perimeter demolition waves

8.

Symmetrical collapse – through the path of greatest resistance – at free-fall speed — the columns gave no resistance

9.

1,400 foot diameter field of equally distributed debris – outside of building footprint

10.

Blast waves blew out windows in buildings 400 feet away

11.

Lateral ejection of thousands of individual 20 - 50 ton steel beams up to 500 feet

12.

Total destruction of the building down to individual structural steel elements – obliterating the steel core structure.

13.

Tons of molten Metal found by FDNY under all 3 high-rises (no other possible source other than an incendiary cutting charge such as Thermate)

14.

Chemical signature of Thermate (high tech incendiary) found in slag, solidified molten metal, and dust samples by Physics professor Steven Jones, PhD.

15.

FEMA finds rapid oxidation and intergranular melting on structural steel samples

16.

More than 1000 Bodies are unaccounted for — 700 tiny bone fragments found on top of nearby buildings

And exhibited none of the characteristics of destruction by fire, i.e.

1.

Slow onset with large visible deformations

2.

Asymmetrical collapse which follows the path of least resistance (laws of conservation of momentum would cause a falling, intact, from the point of plane impact, to the side most damaged by the fires)

3.

Evidence of fire temperatures capable of softening steel

4.

High-rise buildings with much larger, hotter, and longer lasting fires have never “collapsed”

9/11 - Key Issue of our Time

Australian 9/11 Truth Movement Statement
11 September 2010

Building What? How SCADs Can Be Hidden in Plain Sight

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25569.htm

By David Ray Griffin

May 28, 2010 "
Information Clearing House" -- At 5:21 PM on 9/11, Building 7 of the World Trade Center collapsed, even though it had not been hit by a plane – a fact that is important because of the widespread acceptance of the idea, in spite of its scientific absurdity, that the Twin Towers collapsed because of the combined effect of the impact of the airliners plus the ensuing jet-fuel-fed fires. The collapse of World Trade Center 7 (WTC 7) thereby challenges the official account of the destruction of the World Trade Center, according to which it was accomplished by al-Qaeda hijackers, even if one accepts the government’s scientifically impossible account of the Twin Towers. This fact was recently emphasized in the title of a review article based on my 2009 book, The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7,1 by National Medal of Science-winner Lynn Margulis: “Two Hit, Three Down – The Biggest Lie.”2


1. Why the Collapse of WTC 7 Created an Extraordinary Problem

The collapse of WTC 7 created an extraordinary problem for the official account of 9/11 for several reasons.


An Unprecedented Occurrence

One reason is that, because of the collapse of WTC 7, the official account of 9/11 includes the dubious claim that, for the first time in the known universe, a steel-frame high-rise building was brought down by fire, and science looks askance at claims of unprecedented occurrences regarding physical phenomena. New York Times writer James Glanz, who himself has a Ph.D. in physics, wrote: “[E]xperts said no building like it, a modern, steel-reinforced high-rise, had ever collapsed because of an uncontrolled fire.” Glanz then quoted a structural engineer as saying: “[W]ithin the structural engineering community, [WTC 7] is considered to be much more important to understand [than the Twin Towers],” because engineers had no answer to the question, “why did 7 come down?”3


Visual Evidence of Implosion

Equally remarkable, besides the mere fact that this building came down, was the way it collapsed: straight down, in virtual free fall, making the destruction of this building appear to be an example of the type of controlled demolition known as “implosion,” in which explosives and/or incendiaries are used to slice the building’s steel support columns in such a way as to cause the building to collapse into its own footprint. CBS anchor Dan Rather, not one to let a remarkable fact go unremarked, said:

“[I]t’s reminiscent of those pictures we’ve all seen . . . on television . . . , where a building was deliberately destroyed by well-placed dynamite to knock it down.”4

Dan Rather, moreover, was not the only reporter to make such a comment. Al Jones, a reporter for WINS NYC News Radio, said: “I turned in time to see what looked like a skyscraper implosion – looked like it had been done by a demolition crew.”5

Moreover, whereas Jones and Rather, being laymen in these matters, merely said that the collapse of Building 7 looked like a controlled demolition, experts, upon seeing the video, could tell immediately that it actually was a controlled demolition. In 2006, for example, a Dutch filmmaker asked Danny Jowenko, the owner of a controlled demolition company in the Netherlands, to comment on a video of the collapse of WTC 7, without telling him what it was. (Jowenko had been unaware that a third building had collapsed on 9/11.) After viewing the video, Jowenko said: “They simply blew up columns, and the rest caved in afterwards. . . . This is controlled demolition.” When asked if he was certain, he replied: “Absolutely, it’s been imploded. This was a hired job. A team of experts did this.”6

posted 29 May 2010 21:21 | Permalink | Leave a comment.

Afghans believe US is funding Taliban

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/may/25/afghans-believe-us-funding-taliban

Daniella Peled | Tuesday 25 May 2010 12.00 BST

Intellectuals and respected Afghan professionals are convinced the west is prolonging conflict to maintain influence in the region

It's near-impossible to find anyone in Afghanistan who doesn't believe the US are funding the Taliban: and it's the highly educated Afghan professionals, those employed by ISAF, USAID, international media organisations – and even advising US diplomats – who seem the most convinced.

One Afghan friend, who speaks flawless English and likes to quote Charles Dickens, Bertolt Brecht and Anton Chekhov, says the reason is clear. "The US has an interest in prolonging the conflict so as to stay in Afghanistan for the long term."

The continuing violence between coalition forces and the Taliban is simple proof in itself.

"We say in this country, you need two hands to clap," he says, slapping his hands together in demonstration. "One side can't do it on its own."

His arguments are reasoned, although he slightly ruins the effect by explaining to me that no Jews died in the Twin Towers. It's not just the natural assets of Afghanistan but its strategic position, the logic goes. Commanding this country would give the US power over India, Russia, Pakistan and China, not to mention all the central Asian states.

"The US uses Israel to threaten the Arab states, and they want to make Afghanistan into the same thing," he says. "Whoever controls Asia in the future, controls the world."

"Even a child of five knows this," one Kabuli radio journalist tells me, holding his hand a couple of feet from the ground in illustration. Look at Helmand, he says; how could 15,000 international and Afghan troops fail to crush a couple of thousand of badly equipped Taliban?

And as for the British, apparently they want to stay in Afghanistan even more than the Americans. The reason they want to talk to the Taliban is to bring them into the government, thus consolidating UK influence.

This isn't just some vague prejudice or the wildly conspiratorial theories so prevalent in the Middle East. There is a highly structured if convoluted analysis behind this. If the US really wanted to defeat the Taliban, person after person asks me, why don't they tackle them in Pakistan? The reason is simple, one friend tells me. "As long as you don't get rid of the nest, the problem will continue. If they eliminate the Taliban, the US will have no reason to stay here."

The proof is manifold, they say (although it does tend to include the phrase guaranteed to dismay every journalist: "everybody knows that …").

Among the things everybody knows are that Afghan national army troops report taking over Taliban bases to find identical rations and weapons to their own US-supplied equipment. The US funds the madrasas both in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, which produce the young Talibs. US army helicopters regularly deliver supplies behind Taliban lines. The aid organisations are nothing more than intelligence-collecting agencies, going into regions the army cannot easily reach to obtain facts on the ground. Even the humblest midwife-training project is a spying outfit.

One political scientist, who works as an advisor to US agencies in the north of the country, recounts how people fear the continuing influence of the warlords, illustrating his point with descriptions of violence and corruption that extends into the realms of banking, government and trade.

Afghans hate these warlords, he says, but the US wants them kept in place. "If they were removed, and competent and clean people brought in, we would bring in revenues of our own. We could have our own economy, and demand foreign investment with transparency. We would have a true army, to protect us and serve Afghanistan."

So why do these well-educated Afghan professionals work for governments they are convinced want to sink their claws into their country?

There's nothing contrived about their patriotism – with their skills they could easily study or work abroad, but choose to stay to build a better future for their country. Afghans have a historical suspicion towards any foreign power involved in their country and maybe with the resilience of a nation which has seen off one occupier after another, they are willing to wait it out, confident the will of the US will break before their own.

They don't want Nato to leave for 15, maybe 20 years, anyway. It will take that long for Afghan institutions to be able to survive independently. In the meantime, as my literature-loving friend – who works for a number of US agencies – tells me, there is no contradiction in survival. "I like Benjamin Franklin in my pocket," he smiles. So much for hearts and minds.

posted 28 May 2010 14:27 | Permalink | Leave a comment.

Invisible Empire film night - a video montage

This video is a selection of moments from the screening of Invisible Empire held in Newtown, Sydney on 22 May 2010.

More information here: http://www.meetup.com/wearechange-oz/...

watch it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO24XmP1c5E


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvaQH1IjqnQ

Nano-thermite expert Prof. Niels Harrit to visit Australia

http://www.truthnews.com.au/radio/wordpress/?p=1402

Truth News Radio Australia | 21 May 2010

 
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Nano-thermite found in the WTC rubble
Photomicrographs of active thermitic material found in samples of the WTC dust.

We begin tonight with a round-up of Australian and regional news, including the crisis in Thailand.

In the second half we welcome John Bursill, aircraft engineer and member of ae911truth.org who brings breaking news of the upcoming visit to Australia of Professor Niels Harrit. Professor Harrit is the lead author of a ground breaking research paper which demonstrates the presence of high tech explosive residue in dust from the collapsed World Trade Center.

Details of Prof. Harrit’s lecture

Saturday 17 July, 2010
@ 7PM

Mitchell Theatre,
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts,
280 Pitt Street, Sydneya
Enquiries: 1300153372 (free call)

In an effort to improve the quality of our news service we ran the show tonight with a tigher presentation format. We hope you enjoy the results!

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posted 21 May 2010 18:00 | Permalink | Leave a comment.

Lord Monckton shows his true colours

In this excellent interview by We Are Change Chicago, Lord Christopher Monckton reveals his slavish adherence to the official conspiracy theory of 9/11 and applauds the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Lord Monckton is clearly highly intelligent. Personally I find it implausible that he is merely mis-informed about 9/11. i think that he is up to mischief.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5efzozOIxwQ

John Bursill interviews 9/11 whistle blower Kevin Ryan

14 May 2010 | http://visibility911.com/blog/?p=1724

Download audio: click here

Kevin RyanIn this excellent interview Kevin Ryan, certified quality engineer, talks about his involvement in the 9/11 truth movement and the latest developments in research on the unexplained anomalies of the collapse of the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001.

Former Site Manager for Environmental Health Laboratories, a division of Underwriters Laboratories, Mr. Ryan was fired by Underwriters Laboratories 5 days after sending a letter to a NIST scientist pointing out inconsistencies in the NIST report on the causes of the building collapses at the World Trade Center and asking for clarification. - http://patriotsquestion911.com/engineers.html#Ryan

"In this show we ask Kevin to look back at the investigative work he and his peers have carried out for the Journal of 9/11 Studies of which he is a Co-Editor and leading author. There are simply too many topics covered in this interview to mention them all here in the notes.  Highlights include Kevin’s work on discovering who had access to the Towers, his recent correspondence with 9/11 Commission Co-Chairman Lee Hamilton and we also ask Kevin, 'who did 9/11?'"

posted 18 May 2010 11:02 | Permalink | Leave a comment.

9/11 Fire Fighter ex-Chief Dan Daly: Solo Truth Action in Newcastle

by Naomi | 17 May 2010

Sorry this is long. Need to vent.

I attended a talk in my hometown of Newcastle on 14 May 2010 by ex-Fire Fighter, ex-Chief Dan Daly, about 9/11 and how it changed his life. I found out about it from a friend of a friend. The talk was arranged by a Catholic Church Chaplain through his Passionist Family Group and cost $5.00. The Chaplain is a personal friend of Dan’s and was also in New York on September 11. Some background on Dan:

Dan Daly was promoted to Fire Captain with Engine 52 in 2001. The service was to take place on September 12, 2001. On September 11, 2001 his rig was one of the last to arrive at the Twin Towers. He and his crew arrived from the Bronx just as WTC 7 collapsed. He spent the next six months at Ground Zero. Dan retired in November 2002 and spent five years with the State Department’s Cultural Educational Exchange Program.

Dan is the founder of Fire Fighters for Humanity, a non-profit organisation committed to unite fire fighters worldwide in serving people everywhere. The program stared with NYC Fire Fighters supporting disabled people and disabled war vets.

Dan has given speeches worldwide. His clients have included US Dept of State, King Pharmaceutical and Lehman Brothers. Dan has been an Ambassador of Peace for the US Dept of State.

Dan spends much of his time working as a volunteer with wounded veterans back from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as teaching public speaking in prisons. Through his speeches Dan hopes to entertain, educate and inspire the listener.

Anyway, I arrived a couple of minutes late but was warmly welcomed by the Chaplain and given a front row seat. There were about 60 regular churchgoers in attendance. Unfortunately there were no Fire Fighters there.

Dan mentioned the pancake theory and discussed the high temperatures and continual fires at Ground Zero at which point I put up my hand and said “there was molten metal”. He also namedropped Colin Powell and Henry Kissinger, both of whom he had given speeches for on their request.

I listened politely to his speech and clapped at all the right times. Dan then asked if anyone had any questions:

Me: Do you support the victims’ family members who want a new independent investigation into the events of September 11 based on the new scientific evidence that has come to light concerning controlled demolition and the presence of the explosive, thermite, in the dust samples?

Dan: (seething with anger) I saw a TV show about this and it was called Bullshit which is what I think of this crap. This girl is from one of these fringe (may have said ‘splinter’) groups who have sprung up. They believe no planes hit the Twin Towers.

Me: That is incorrect. The 9/11 Truth Movement was started by the family members and is made up of millions of concerned citizens. We do not believe that no planes hit the buildings. Our evidence concerns controlled demolition and thermite.

Dan then repeated his comments at which point I stood up and addressed the audience for one minute, mainly telling them that the victims’ family members wanted people to see this evidence. I mentioned Fire Fighters for 9/11 Truth, AE911 Truth and Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth (the Monsignor nearly fell off his chair).

I asked Dan if he had seen the peer reviewed and unchallenged paper on the thermite. He said “I don’t want to see it”. I pulled a copy out of my bag which he refused to take. I then said that I had plenty of information and DVDs to hand out to the audience. At this point there were a few cries of ‘sit down’ and the Chaplain stood up and said:

Chaplain: Why don’t you find a nice man, get married and have babies.

Sheeple: Signs That You Might Be Part Of The Herd

http://waronyou.com/topics/sheeple-signs-that-you-might-be-part-of-the-herd/

Giordano Bruno | 6 May 2010

SheepleMillions of people from countries across the world have begun to wake up to the very real threat of repressive and engineered Globalism, or what the financial elite and the politicians who work for them often refer to as “The New World Order”. The movement against this centralization of economic and social power has gained traction in nearly every sphere, to the point where even the mainstream media has been forced on occasion to acknowledge its existence and prevalence. Those of us who have been working more than a few years in this activist organization, what many of us call the “Patriot Movement”, or the “Liberty Movement”, have seen incredible leaps and bounds in the fight against disinformation and the spread of unadulterated truth. Our work has gone viral, and our membership has skyrocketed, however, the task of diluting ignorance in the overall populace is far from over.

Every researcher, writer, and filmmaker who tackles the New World Order issue will suffer the unfortunate experience of running into people who are almost criminally uninformed, and this will happen on a regular basis. For a long time, our frustration was magnified by our inability to specifically define what it was that made these people the way they were. Were some just mentally inadequate, and unable to effectively process the facts? Were they so indoctrinated by the MSM that there was no turning back? Was there an innate difference in intuitive faculties that made some people quick in picking out a lie, and others slow? Many theories abound, but one thing was certain; in our quest to inform the masses, there were always going to be those who were incapable of hearing or understanding what we had to say, no matter how factual, rational, and refined our arguments. We now call these wonders of intellectual rustication “Sheeple”…

Sheeple can be found in every country, every ethnic background, every religious organization, and every subculture. After years of examination and experience, it has become much easier for the Liberty Movement to identify and categorize the various forms of sheeple, and come to terms with the triggers in the human mind that cause some to willfully ignore logic and wisdom. I have written in the past about some of these triggers, including my article “Sheeple: Why They Are The Way They Are”: http://neithercorp.us/npress/?p=182

I believe it is important to cover this issue once again, especially in light of recent attempts by the MSM, along with the ADL and SPLC, to demonize our movement and paint us as villainous cartoon characters in the minds of the general public, which will make things even more difficult for us in the near future if we are not prepared. For those in the movement, knowing when you are dealing with sheeple, why they function cognitively the way they do, and how you might be able to get around their mental blocks, is of utmost importance today. Every new person who is awakened to the abyss they are about to plunge into could tip the balance away from tyranny and establish a cultural foothold for free-thought. Every person counts. With the world on the edge of financial and political ruin due to the manipulations and mechanizations of elitism, we must work harder than ever before.

Identifying Sheeple

Not everyone who is unaware or uneducated on the intricacies of Globalism, Central Banking, and the NWO, is necessarily “sheeple”. All of us, at one time or another, were nearly clueless as to the real workings of our government and our economy behind the proverbial curtain. I have found that many people are quite open to the information I make available as long as I make it available in a way that is not immediately overwhelming for them, and as long as I present solid evidence to back every claim that I relate. It is very important to be able to make the distinction between those who are brazenly dim-witted, and those who simply have not been adequately exposed to the facts.

Below, I will list my observations on the various ‘types’ of sheeple, and how to recognize them. Keep in mind some people might fall into more than one category.

posted 17 May 2010 17:29 | Permalink | Leave a comment.

Invisible Empire Film Screening - ITINERARY & REQUEST FOR HELP

Invisible EmpireWAC Sydney is holding a screening of the Jason Bermas film "Invisible Empire", see the full listing here:
http://www.meetup.com/wearechange-oz/calendar/13264340/

When: Saturday, May 22, 2010 7:00 PM

Where:
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
1 Bedford St. Newtown NSW 2042
Sydney

ITINERARY FOR THE NIGHT

6:45-7:15 - Drinks and snacks + Jazz guitar by Lawrence McDonnell

7:15 - 9/11 and the NWO: Introduction by John Bursill (engineer & member of ae911truth.org)

7:30 - Presentation on the NWO in Australia by human rights lawyer Rochelle Macredie.

8:00 - Film Part 1

9:00 - Intermission: original song compositions + food and drinks.

9:30 - Film Part 2

11:00 - Finish

We need help from our members for the screening of Invisible Empire.

Please reply to the discussion thread or call me on 0415 059675 if you are able to help.

Here are some specific things we need:

  • A person with a station wagon to transport gear from Glebe to Newtown and back. Note: MUST be a station wagon because we have a long object (screen) which won't fit in a sedan. The car would be needed in the afternoon at 4:00PM and again at 11:00PM.
     
  • A photographer for the night. It is really valuable to have good quality photos. Part of this job involves uploading your images to the meetup site photo album (note: this is important!)
     
  • Help with setup and cleanup. If you are able to help with setup you need to be there at 5:00PM.
     
  • 2 people to attend the front desk. This is a very important job and it's vital you are there by 6:30 at the latest. Your job will be to welcome people, get them to put their email in the guest book, and encourage them to donate to the event.
     
  • 1 person to manage the cash box - this is very important too for obvious reasons.
     
  • 2 people to manage refreshments. Refreshments will be served from 6:45-7:15 and 9:00-9:30.
     
  • 1 person to take care of lights and any general needs during the show.
     
  • A videographer for the night. I can supply the video camera. I would like to record the introductory speeches and some of the interaction during the night.

Please note that the success of the evening depends on your help.

If you do offer to help please make sure that you get there on time, and if you have to cancel please give us as much notice as possible so we can organise a replacement.

best regards,
Hereward
m. 0415 059675

posted 12 May 2010 10:50 | Permalink | Leave a comment.

Jeremy Scahill is a Douche Bag

http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/jeremy-scahill-is-a-douche-bag/

May 9, 2010 by Scott Creighton (H/T Kenny’s Side Show)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBS7kdgVb6A

It’s not so much that Scahill denies there is any reason to believe elements of the previous Bush administration facilitated the attacks of 9/11… I wouldn’t expect anyone who makes a living doing interviews on Democracy NOW! and being published in magazines like The Nation to say anything else. Its how he said it that makes Jeremy Scahill such a douche bag.  How he said it and why.

There are so many question one could put to the arrogant prick, such as… how does he account for NIST’s Building 7 report that at one time said it was physically impossible for the building to have fallen at free-fall acceleration, then 3 weeks later, they admitted Building 7 fell at free-fall acceleration?

How does he account for the hundreds of eye-witness reports from the first responders who reported hearing explosions, seeing flashes all around the buildings as they came down?

How does he account for three steel and concrete skyscrapers collapsing at near free-fall acceleration, essentially due to office fires (according to NIST), for the first time in history and never again since?

How does he account for the most secure building in the world, the Pentagon, being hit nearly an hour after the first attack on the North Tower, without so much as an alarm sounding in the building?

How does he account for Rumsfeld announcing the missing 2.3 trillion dollars the day before 9/11, THEN the ONLY office that is hit on 9/11, just HAPPENS to be the office where they were doing the audit?

How does he account for the fact that the invasion plans for Afghanistan were finished and placed on George Bush’s desk on Sept. 9th, 2001?

How does he account for the fact that the UNICAL pipeline deal had effectively stalled prior to 9/11, but then were remarkably back on just after?

How does he account for the fact that it took 400+ days for the Bush administration to ok an investigation into 9/11 and then they tried to put Henry Kissinger in charge of it?

Did Osama bin Laden Confess to the 9/11 Attacks, and Did He Die, in 2001?

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=18923

Prof David Ray Griffin | April 30, 2010

In 2009, I published a little book entitled Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive?1 Much evidence, I showed, suggested that Osama bin Laden had died on or about December 13, 2001. (Although this book was ignored by the US press, it received major reviews in British newspapers,2 and it even provided the basis for a BBC special.3) Pointing out that the only evidence to the contrary consists of “messages from bin Laden” in the form of audiotapes and videotapes that have appeared since 2001, I devoted one chapter to an examination of the most important of these tapes, showing that none are demonstrably authentic and that some are almost certainly fakes.

 

In the chapter preceding that examination, I discussed two videotapes containing purported interviews of Osama bin Laden in the fall of 2001, when the issue was whether he had been responsible for the 9/11 attacks. I suggested that both of these tapes, in which bin Laden allegedly admitted his responsibility, were fakes. If they were, I pointed out, this fact would increase the likelihood that all of the “Osama bin Laden tapes” appearing in the following years – when the question of whether he was still alive was added to that of his responsibility for 9/11 – were also fakes.

 

The clearest example, I argued, was the most famous of the so-called bin Laden confession videos. Having allegedly been found in a private home in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in late November 2001, it is sometimes called the “November 9 bin Laden video,” because this date was stamped on it, implying that this was when it was made. It is also called the “bin Laden video of December 13,” because that was the date on which it was released to the public by the Pentagon – which is perhaps significant, given the evidence that bin Laden may have died on that day. (If he had, he would have obviously, and perhaps conveniently, been unable to comment on whether the tape was authentic.) In any case, I provided several reasons for concluding that this video was almost certainly fabricated.

 

I also suggested, with greater tentativeness, that another pre-2002 video had been fabricated. This one had been described in a November 11, 2001, article in London’s Telegraph by David Bamber entitled “Bin Laden: Yes, I Did It.” According to Bamber, the Telegraph had on the previous day “obtained access” to a video in which “Osama bin Laden has for the first time admitted that his al-Qa'eda group carried out the [9/11] attacks.” Bamber added that this video, which would “form the centrepiece of Britain and America's new evidence against bin Laden,” was going to be released to the public on November 14.4

 

When November 14 came, however, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that his government did not actually have the video or even a complete transcript. But his government released quotations said to be “extracts” from it – quotations that were widely regarded as confirming Bamber’s assertion that bin Laden, when asked about 9/11, had in effect replied: “I did it.”

 

Saying that it was “hard to know what to make of this episode,” I argued that, if both the Telegraph and “intelligence sources” had copies of such a video, then Blair’s government would surely also have a copy. And if it did have a video in which bin Laden had for the first time confessed his responsibility for the 9/11 attacks, Blair’s government – which at the time was encountering much skepticism from the Muslim world about bin Laden’s responsibility for those attacks – would surely have released it.