Response to the Simon Wiesenthal Center
and Mark Weitzman

Nov 17, 2007
By Richard Gage, AIA, and contributors

Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice
supports
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth's
'Letter to the Simon Wiesenthal Center'

BACKGROUND:
On Tuesday, November 6th, 2007, a House Homeland Security Subcommittee had a hearing on "Terrorism and the Internet" which is connected to the bill, H.R. 1955: 'Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007' (described in a recent Baltimore Sun editorial, Here Come the Thought Police).

The hearing featured presentations from several groups, including Mark Weitzman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and was chaired by California Democratic Representative, Jane Harman, and ranking Republican congressional representative of Washington, Dave Reichert. Toward the end of the hearing, Weitzman brought out a PowerPoint presentation, Use of the Internet by Terrorists, which included 9/11 truth websites mixed with websites offering training in terrorist tactics and glorifications of the 9/11/01 attack. Among the websites presented under the heading, "Internet: Incubator of 9/11 Conpiracies and Disinformation", were Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, many of whose members are also members of Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice.

Below is AE911truth's response to this event.

AE911Truth.org is extremely concerned about the recent portrayal of our peaceful organization and website by The Simon Wiesenthal Center alongside Taliban militant websites at the recent "Homeland Security Hearing" hosted by Congresswoman Jane Harman. By implication we and other 9/11 Truth organizations are branded as terrorists. We are therefore actively pursuing non-legal and legal remedies. The following letter written to the SWC by John Stevenson is posted in order to also express our concern. We will post updates as events unfold. Thank you for your overwhelming show of support!
-- Richard Gage, AIA

A letter written to Mark Weitzman at the Simon Wiesenthal Center regarding his efforts to equate 9/11 Truth with Terrorism, edited slightly for spelling, punctuation, formatting.

Dear Mr. Weitzman,

While I respect your efforts to prevent terrorism in all its forms, your suggestion that the 9/11 Truth Movement is in any way related to terror organizations, or could foment such interests, is ridiculous and dangerous.

The 9/11 Truth Movement is a non-violent effort by thousands (if not tens of thousands) of highly respected professionals in numerous areas of expertise (and potentially millions of other concerned citizens) to demand a legitimate and impartial investigation into the events surrounding the 9/11 attacks. There are countless weaknesses, flaws, and overt misrepresentations in the official account that are painfully obvious to those who actually KNOW something about the Systems and Material science involved in building collapse, as well as the numerous suspicious activities by government and various other domestic groups to suppress and even destroy evidence involved in this crime, for reasons at this point unknown. There are far too many important questions unanswered that can be answered with a legitimate investigation, rather than simply sweep this tragic crime under the rug. Is that what you suggest we do?

And if you are suggesting that simply demanding that a woefully inadequate investigation be conducted properly can in any way be aligned with terrorism, you do so in direct conflict with everything this country was founded upon, and in direct opposition to the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution — and that IS in some circles considered a crime.

While I believe your efforts are well-meaning, I strongly request, before you promote such assumptions, that you actually INVESTIGATE for yourself the aspects of 9/11 which are questioned by these experts I mention previously, and, regardless of your conclusion, refrain from incorrectly and libelously suggesting that anyone involved in this movement has any connection to terrorist activities or threats, simply based on their opinions or completely legal efforts in this regard. In doing so you denigrate the noble work the Simon Wiesenthal Center has done in the past, and the lives of those who died over the centuries for our freedoms. The right to freely question and investigate our government at any time and about ANYTHING is critical to the survival of our freedom and this country I love.

Sincerely,
John Stevenson
California, USA

See also:

EDITORIAL: Here come the thought police
By Ralph E. Shaffer and R. William Robinson
November 19, 2007
"With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman's "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman's Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain. Not since the "Patriot Act" of 2001 has any bill so threatened our constitutionally guaranteed rights."

C-SPAN Video House Subcommittee Presentation:
Use of the Internet by Terrorists
Length: 1 hour, 11 minutes
"Witnesses testified about terrorist groups using the Internet to recruit and radicalize their followers. Topics included illustrations of propaganda used on Internet sites, instructions for making bombs, the role of al-Qaeda, appealing to young people, counterterrorism through positive sites, and other solutions."

The Simon Wiesenthal Center

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