By Craig McKee
The Toronto 9/11 hearings are no longer the only game in town.
The 9/11 research group Citizen Investigation Team, which contends that no commercial airliner hit the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, has announced it will present a screening of its documentary National Security Alert on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in Toronto. The Sept. 11 event will also involve a multi-media presentation along with other evidence, according to a statement released today by CIT.
The event is being organized by Toronto media critic and 9/11 researcher Barrie Zwicker, who is supportive of CIT’s research, which indicates that a large aircraft did approach the Pentagon, but on a path completely inconsistent with the allegedly knocked over light poles. If the eyewitness accounts to this effect presented in National Security Alert are correct, then the pole evidence had to have been staged.
“Simply put, the plane did not fly where it absolutely had to be to match the government reports and cause the directional damage inside and outside of the building,” says Craig Ranke, co-founder of CIT.
There has been a concern among some 9/11 researchers who have studied the Pentagon event that the idea that no airliner hit the building would be ignored at the Toronto hearings (official name: the International Hearings on the Events of September 11, 2001). The hearings are being held in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 8-11 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11.They are being organized by the International Center for 9/11 Studies.
Most of the researchers who have been invited to present evidence are focused on the question of whether the World Trade Center was brought down by some kind explosive force – a belief that is virtually unanimous within the Truth movement.
The hearings will feature well-known members of the 9/11 Truth movement like David Ray Griffin, Richard Gage, Kevin Ryan, Paul Zarembka, Peter Dale Scott, Niels Harrit, Jonathan Cole, David Chandler, and Graeme McQueen. Former elected officials Mike Gravel and Cynthia McKinney are also on the roster of witnesses who will present evidence.
Some of these, including Gage, Cole, and Chandler, have denounced CIT and their research. They suggest we can never really know what happened at the Pentagon and therefore we should leave the subject alone and focus on the towers.
Griffin, who has written several books on 9/11, does not go along with this. He is on record as saying the evidence doesn’t support the idea that a 757 hit the Pentagon, and he agrees with Zwicker that the light pole evidence must have been staged as part of the deception (http://truthandshadows.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/david-ray-griffin-barrie-zwicker-support-cit%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98staged-evidence%E2%80%99-scenario/).
Concern has been raised by supporters of CIT’s research that there is a co-ordinated effort by certain members of the Truth movement to relentlessly and systematically attack CIT and its supporters. These would include many who post at 911blogger.com, the largest 9/11 web site. “Blogger” routinely bans people who speak in support of CIT.
According the web site for the hearings (torontohearings.org), the focus for the event will be on evidence that is the least controversial and where the greatest consensus exists. This would seem to virtually eliminate discussion about the Pentagon, even though one of the topics on the list to be addressed includes “anomalies at the Pentagon.”
According to Ranke, his group did not receive an invitation to present evidence at the hearings, nor did Zwicker, the author of Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11. Both will appear at the National Security Alert screening. The screening will take place at 8 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Royal cinema, 608 College St.