by James Corbett
The Corbett Report
5 March, 2010
When losing a discussion on the facts of 9/11, a so-called 9/11 “debunker” will often rely on an old canard to “prove” that 9/11 could not have been an inside job: “So many people want their quarter hour of fame that even the Men in Black couldn’t squelch the squealers from spilling the beans,” write self-satisfied defenders of the government story. According to the logic of this argument, if there are no 9/11 whistleblowers then 9/11 was not an inside job.
So what if there are 9/11 whistleblowers? What if these whistleblowers come from every level of government and private industry, individuals who have even had their cases vindicated by internal government reports? As you are about to see, there are numerous such whistleblowers and each one is a thorn in the side of those who want to pretend that the 9/11 Commission represents the sum total of knowledge on the 9/11 attacks.
That is precisely why these whistleblowers are not lauded by legislators or trumpeted by the media, but actively suppressed by government officials and the corporate media alike. These courageous insiders have been sidelined, gagged, hounded from their positions and ignored to the point where their stories are virtually unknown among the general public. And that is exactly why it is vital for the alternative media to make these stories known by bypassing the filters and control of the establishment media.
In an effort to draw more attention to the critical issues and troubling questions raised by the testimony of these insiders, The Corbett Report has just released a documentary exploration of key government and corporate whistleblowers, including a discussion of whistleblower protection and what the public can do to facilitate a wider distribution and awareness of this information. Download an mp3 audio file of the documentary or listen to it in the player below:
The 9/11 Whistleblowers
The 9/11 Commission – The myth that the 9/11 commission report represents an adequate investigation into the events of 9/11 is perhaps best exposed by the commissioners themselves, 6 out of 10 of whom have questioned the commission and its conclusions personally (namely Kean and Hamilton, Kerrey, Roemer, Lehman and Cleland). Commission co-chairman Thomas Kean once famously remarked that the Commission was “set up to fail.” Commission members considered bringing criminal charges against Pentagon officials who had deliberately lied to them about the military’s complete lack of response on that day. One of the commissioners, Max Cleland, even resigned because the commission had been “deliberately compromised by the president of the United States.”
911 Commissioner Bob Kerrey claims 911 was a 30 year conspiracy:
Richard Andrew Grove – In 2000, Richard Andrew Grove was working for Silverstream Software, a software development company specializing in enterprise architecture software. By October of that year he had landed the firm their largest client in the company’s history: Marsh & McLennan. After finding evidence that Silverstream was overbilling Marsh by nearly $7 million and being told to keep quiet by both his own management and those he confided to at Marsh, he was fired. After his termination, he was invited to present his evidence at a staff meeting in Marsh’s offices where Marsh employees who were suspicious of such transactions themselves were gathered. That meeting was on the 98th floor of the World Trade Center. It was the 11th of September, 2001. And everyone who was in attendance at the meeting died there that day. Grove, who had been late for the meeting, survived. His remarkable story, as well as subsequent events, led him to start piecing together how 9/11 helped financial institutions and insurance companies cover up billions of dollars in fraud by eliminating those who were asking questions about it.
Richard Grove, Wall Street Whistleblower
Sibel Edmonds – In the wake of 9/11, Sibel Edmonds heeded the FBI’s call for Middle Eastern language experts to support their counterterrorism unit. Fluent in Turkish and Azerbaijani and conversational in Farsi, she joined the FBI as a translator on September 15, 2001. She soon discovered gross negligence and criminal conspiracy in the FBI and State Department, including deliberately mistranslated documents in the Bureau’s possession before 9/11 that contained information about the attacks, nuclear spies being facilitated by top government officials and foreign operatives who were taken in for questioning after 9/11 being released because they were connected to those spy rings. A 2005 report from the Office of the Inspector General determined that none of Edmonds’ allegations can be refuted. In 2009, Edmonds revealed that Osama Bin Laden had been working for U.S. intelligence right up to the day of 9/11.
Sibel Edmonds: Bin Laden Worked for U.S. Right Up Until 9/11 PT1
William Bergman – In August 2001 the Federal Reserve Board of Governors issued a non-routine supervisory letter warning Fed banks to be vigilant in monitoring suspicious activity reports. At the same time, the United States’ economy was experiencing its largest June-August spike in M1 money supply since 1947, with more than $5 billion being added to the currency in circulation over that period. Piecing this information together at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago two years later, economist Bill Bergman wondered if the sudden infusion of currency might have been an indicator of foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks, as those with assets in danger of being frozen in the wake of such an attack would naturally want to liquidate their holdings before an investigation could occur. When Bergman wrote to the Board of Governors to ask for clarification as to why they had issued their supervisory letter, he was told that he had committed “an egregious breach of protocol in calling the Board staff and asking the question.”
Coleen Rowley – When the so-called “20th hijacker” Zaccharias Moussaoui was detained on August 15th, 2001, agents in the Minneapolis FBI field office immediately sought a criminal warrant to search his belongings. Management at the FBI dealing with the request threw up numerous obstacles to the agents, and even withheld information from them, including the now-infamous Phoenix Memo written by an agent in Arizona warning of terrorists training in flight schools for a possible upcoming attack. The request was denied and agents were prevented from searching Moussaoui’s laptop, which contained information that would have tipped the FBI off to the 9/11 plot. The Minneapolis field office Chief Counsel, Coleen Rowley, has been very public with her disgust at the conduct of FBI management during the case and its subsequent review, and she has supported causes like NYC CAN which seek to re-open the 9/11 investigation.
J. Michael Springmann – A 20-year veteran of the State Department’s Foreign service, J. Michael Springmann served 18 months as the head of the visa section at the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1988-89. During that time he repeatedly rejected visa applications from unqualified individuals only to have his decisions overturned by the head of the consulate. When he returned to Washington, he discovered that the Jeddah consulate was being used as a place for funnelling Afghan mujahedeen into the U.S. for training, facilitated by the CIA on behalf of their asset, Osama bin Laden. The Jeddah consulate would be the very office that issued 15 of the alleged 9/11 hijackers’ visas to enter the United States. After numerous complaints up the chain of command, Springmann’s contract with the State Department was not renewed.
Jeddah, Visa Express & J. Michael Springmann
Robert Wright – In the 1990s, Special Agent Robert Wright of the FBI’s Chicago field office spearheaded an investigation into terrorist financing codenamed Vulgar Betrayal. The investigation uncovered information about Yassin Al-Qadi, a terrorist financier who would go on to be designated a global terrorist financier by the U.S. treasury in the wake of 9/11. Vulgar Betrayal led to information about the African embassy bombings in 1998 and resulted in the seizure of $1.4 million of terrorist financing. Despite the investigation’s remarkable success, however, Wright was taken off of Vulgar Betrayal in 1999 and reduced to a paper pusher. In 2002, Wright went public with information about how his investigations had been systematically starved for funds, hindered and obstructed by FBI management and revealed that he believes 9/11 could have been prevented if he had been allowed to continue his investigation. The Bureau prevented him from releasing a book about his experience. He was threatened with legal action if he revealed any details about what he had been investigating.
Robert Wright Judicial Watch briefing
Indira Singh – As a risk management consultant for J.P. Morgan in 2001, Indira Singh was tasked with implementing the next generation of risk management software for the firm. Working for one of the largest financial institutions in the world, Singh wanted to choose a reputable software vendor for the task, one with a proven track record of working with the sensitive information of important clients. She solicited a presentation from Ptech, an enterprise architecture software firm whose clients included some of the most sensitive departments in the U.S. government, including the FBI, the Department of Defense, the Treasury, the IRS, the US Navy and the White House. After performing due diligence on the company, Singh discovered that it had been started in part by funds from Yassin Al-Qadi (the same Specially Designated Global Terrorist that Robert Wright’s investigation had been focused on). She discovered many other disturbing links between Ptech officers and suspected terrorist organizations. Ptech had been conducting tests on the interoperability of FAA and NORAD computer systems in the event of an emergency on the morning of 9/11. When she tried to bring this information to the FBI in Boston she was told by one agent that she was in a better position to investigate the case than the Bureau was.
Barry Jennings – Barry Jennings was the Deputy Director of Emergency Services for the New York City Housing Department. On the morning of 9/11, he received a phone call informing him that a plane had hit the World Trade Center and asking him to go to the Office of Emergency Management in World Trade Center Building 7. Arriving at the office with New York City Corporation Counsel Michael Hess, the men discovered that the OEM had been abandoned. When they attempted to leave there was a series of explosions inside the building, trapping them in the stairwell. Eventually Jennings and Hess were rescued by firefighters, and as they were leaving World Trade Center 7, they had to step over a number of bodies. Jennings’ account contradicts the official government explanation of the collapse of World Trade Center 7 at 5:20 p.m. that day, which stated there were no explosions or casualties in the collapse. Jennings died on August 19, 2008 under extremely suspicious circumstances.
Protecting the Whistleblowers – New Legislation Threatens Whistleblower Protections in the U.S.
All of the 9/11 whistleblowers have faced intimidation or even prosecution for going public with their stories and the establishment media has played along by failing to publicize their information. But as incredible as it sounds, things are going to get even tougher for national security whistleblowers if draconian new legislation in the Senate gets signed into law.
According to Stephen Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center, the bill (S.372) actually started off as whistleblower protection legislation, but “poison pills” have been inserted at the last minute that will repeal already-existing protections for national security whistleblowers. “[This legislation] gives the FBI director the authority to summarily fire any whistleblower with no judicial review” Kohn told The Corbett Report in a recent interview. “These […]consitutional thugs—administrators who have no respect for the public right to know, no respect for freedom of speech—they want more power. And they’re going to get it if this law passes.”
Even worse, the bill is being passed through the senate via a special legislative process known as “hotlining.” This means that it will be automatically passed by the senate unless a senator steps forward to object to the bill. No vote will even be held unless such an objection takes place.
The good news is that this process requires unanimous consent, meaning that if even a single senator raises an objection to the bill it will have to be re-worked and/or brought to a vote on the senate floor. The really good news is that there is no excuse for any senator to duck political pressure on this issue: there is no 60-vote supermajority needed here, and a senator doesn’t have to be on any specific committee to voice opposition to the bill. This means that average U.S. citizens have a very good chance of stopping the bill in its tracks. All that is required is for people to make their senators aware just how important this legislation is to them and that they won’t stand by while the courageous national security whistleblowers are railroaded and stripped of their protections. If this becomes a significant issue, it is almost guaranteed that a single senator could be persuaded to raise an objection.
All U.S. citizens are strongly advised to contact their senator about the bill and to get others to do the same by passing this information around. The 9/11 whistleblowers and many others like them have risked everything including their careers, their reputations and even their lives to bring the inside truth to the public. Now it’s time for the public to give something back by opposing S.372 and showing their solidarity with the whistleblowers.
From the archives:
S.372: Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009 – U.S. Congress – OpenCongress
The Media Response to the Growing Influence of the 9/11 Truth Movement, Part II by Elizabeth Woodworth
Bombshell: Bin Laden worked for US till 9/11 by Luke Ryland
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Re. Barry Jennings, I don’t know what the length of the clip at blip.tv is, but if it’s not at least 20 minutes, then I first came across a video by the same title at 911blogger.com and it was 20 minutes or more, and I recently did a search for updates about him and found a video at Google for the interview he gave to the Loose Change team and this clip is a little over 30 minutes, if recalling correctly. Yes, 34 minutes. It’s easy to find by using the Google Videos search page and his name, alone, for search term, and then selecting the Google search option for videos that are 20+ minutes long. I just did that search and the first link returned is for a full interview for a clip of 34 minutes.
I wouldn’t want to miss any part of what he said, so I recommend the fullest clips found.
Actually, I just checked for the “… Uncut” clip at 911blogger.com and it’s a blip.tv clip.
Also recommended is to look for updates since his death. I know that one of the Loose Change team, Jason Bermas, I believe, spoke a little on the Alex Jones Show, but Dylan Avery spoke on the Jack Blood Radio program last year, March or April 16th and 20th, and this is an important interview and discussion.
Barry died in a hospital I believe August 18th, 2008, shortly enough after Loose Change released the interview that he had provided the LC team. And the cause of his death is unknown, say officials, while of course some doctors know what the cause is; surely. After all, he died at the hospital where he was hospitalized for care, treatment, not in some “mysterious” accident.
Dylan Avery told Jack Blood that he had hired the best private investigator he could get in NYC to investigate the cause of Barry’s death, and that the PI returned his money within 24 hours and said to never contact her again. He then found another PI and this one did provide a little information about what he learned and which is that the cause of death is officially declared unknown.
It’s an excellent and important interview, and Jason Bermas told Alex Jones that Dylan was rather very afraid for his life. But I listened to this video that can be found at Youtube using “Jason Bermas”, “Jennings” and TheAlexJonesChannel for search terms, but most of the clip is Alex being the sole person to speak. Jason doesn’t join until around three-quarters of the way into the clip.
Thanks for the link, Mike.
Here’s a short interview: https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2008/06/23/wtc7-survivor-barry-jennings-account/
Updated: Dec. 16, 2014
Added a 21 minute video with 2 interviews
That’s a fine clip and I see it’s an intro. or promo. for James Bermas’ documentary film “Fabled Enemies”, which I have downloaded from Google, but haven’t yet viewed. And it’s also okay that he uses the short clip from Barry Jennings’ account provided to the LC team for promoting “Fabled Enemies”, which I’ve read includes the full interview, too. BUT, there are two things that are a little wrong with the clip; and the second that I’ll mention is awfully minor, not really worth mentioning, though I will anyway.
1) Near the very end of the clip, at 6:45, Jason provides pictures of the relatively light damage done to the Millenium Hilton hotel, but while this is good, very good to show, he doesn’t say where this building was located with respect to WTC 1, 2 and 7, so a viewer like myself is left wondering what the pertinence of showing these pictures is. Of course a person could search the Web for the lacking detail, but this could take considerable time; before finally finding a page that specifically says what the locations of these four buildings were relative to each other.
2) If I understood Barry’s words in the short clip that you provided a link for correctly, then he said that he and MIchael Hess had made it to the 6th floor. In the full interview, and surely in the “Uncut” copy at blip.tv, which is supposed to be complete, he later says that he and Hess actually did not make it to the 6th floor. This is not a serious piece that’s lacking in the short clip you provided a link for though, for if I recall correctly, then Barry nevertheless said that he and Hess were prevented from making it to the 6th floor when they were descending from the 7th. That is, they had made it to the 7th, but not quite to the 6th; before everything beneath them “disappeared” and left them hanging.
The fuller description that he provided for that moment or experience is important though, for it definitely makes it much clearer how powerful the explosion had to be.
It’s a short clip, but it’s good.
One very good article that could be considered as strongly complementary for “Fabled Enemies” is the following one. It’s five pages and Parts I and II by Kevin Ryan provide information about who some of the enemies are or likely are. It’s about 9/11, or based on it anyway, who could have seen to the demolition of the WTC towers; certainly 1 and 2 anyway. Whoever did did not suddenly become an enemy only for the 9/11 attacks.
“Good Riddance to the Big Lie:
Kevin Ryan’s ‘Demolition Access …’ Lights the Shadows
An Introduction to the 4-Part Investigative Series by Kevin Ryan”
by DON PAUL, February 18, 2010
Just below the title, author name and date is a link for the same article at PuppetGov.com, a copy with embedded videos, which aren’t included in the following copy. In the following page, however, he provides a very convenient ToC (table of contents) with hyperlinks for each part of section of the four parts by Kevin Ryan.
It’s a long article but spend some time with it and see for yourself that it provides a lot of infornation found hardly anywhere else in a single source or combined in a single article, or two (since Don Paul’s part is of considerable length and information, too). There title of Don Paul’s page is followed by a note saying that there’s a copy with embedded videos at puppetgov.com, which I just checked and the parts for the copy of Kevin Ryan’s article at that site don’t have any embedded videos. So those appear only those in the page for Don Paul’s article. For reading, I prefer the above copy, which is the website of Jim Hoffman, who also has http://www.wtc7.net.
That information and article is not in relation to what Barry Jennings says, well, actually, it is. I was only adding it while thinking of “Fabled [Enemies]”, emphasis on enemies, for we have some alright and they’re domestic, which is why I perceive Kevin Ryan’s article as strongly complementary for Jason Bermas’ film. But the article is strong complementary when considering the account provided by Barry Jennings, for the article, Parts 1 and 2 anyway, is about who could have done the work needed to demolish the WTC Towers and Kevin Ryan names companies and people. The Towers were clearly destroyed using controlled demolition and this strongly lends credibility to the great and important interview that Barry Jennings gave.
Disgustingly, while he was still alive and capable of talking, Michael Hess never contradicted the account that Barry had given. Hess never said anything nearing the amount of what Barry said, but hadn’t really contradicted him. This apparently changed rather drastically after Barry died. Since then, Hess is flagrantly lying and contradicting Barry’s account, as well as possibly some things Hess had previously said.
He’s been lying ever since, for the truth does not drastically change like Hess’ story has.
When I first listened to the full interview that Barry provided, I was certain, would literally swear on the Bible, that he was definitely telling the truth and not fibbing or exaggerating about any parts of the story that he gave to the Loose Change team; and this view is not about to change anytime for me.
Here is Fabled Enemies:
[edited: off topic]
Anyway, what did you think of Fabled Enemies?
Lt Col. Anthony Shaffer’s testimony about ABLE DANGER; very important and relevant! There are good video clips at Youtube, and possibly at Google, for this. But I’m going to hit the sack in a few minutes, so won’t look for links to include for this very important story in this post. However, it’s very easy to find plenty of clips by using his name and “Able Danger” for search terms, or even one or the other.
Btw, and re. Lt Col. Shaffer’s account, referring to it in my above post, I don’t refer to it to mean to say or infer that I believe that the alleged hijackers actually commited the 9/11 attacks, for if any of those alleged terrorists that his account is about were at all really involved in the 9/11 attacks in any way the US govt would claim to be terrorism, then they were PATSIES.
What’s important in his account is what he reveals about what the Able Danger team discovered of CIA and FBI activities that were evidently or obviously of covert kind and within the U.S.; and not long before 9/11. If any of the alleged terrorists that he speaks of in his account were at all treated as 9/11 atackers by the US govt, then LOOK to the CIA and FBI operators. That’s wherein his account is important. He doesn’t say this, but this criminal CIA and FBI activity associates them with the 9/11 attacks and the foreign goofballs that Lt. Col Shaffer speaks of were patsies used by the real attackers for cover-up.
It’s evidence of covert CIA and FBI terrorism.
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