The terror group al Qaeda has found itself curiously in agreement with the "Great Satan" -- which it calls the U.S. -- in issuing a stern message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: stop spreading 9/11 conspiracy theories. In the latest issue of the al Qaeda English-language magazine "Inspire", an author appears to take offense to the "ridiculous" theory repeatedly spread by Ahmadinejad that the 9/11 terror attacks were actually carried out by the U.S. government ...
Falk didn’t touch on the controversy until the end of the lecture. One man professed his disbelief at the accepted 9/11 story and asked Falk if he believed the official version of events. Falk chuckled. “I was waiting for the question,” he said. Falk responded by explaining he didn’t have the necessary knowledge to answer the question but said he felt there was enough “existential doubt” to re-examine the incident. “It can’t be dismissed by calling anyone who says there are some unanswered questions a conspiracy theorist,” Falk said.
I never endorsed doubts about the official version of 9/11 beyond indicating what anyone who has objectively examined the controversy knows — that there remain certain gaps in the official explanation that give rise to an array of conspiratorial explanations, and that the 9/11 Commission unfortunately did not put these concerns to rest. My plea was intended to encourage addressing these gaps in a credible manner, nothing more, nothing less. I certainly meant no disrespect toward the collective memory of 9/11 in the country and elsewhere. On the contrary, my intention was to encourage an investigation that might finally achieve closure with respect to doubts that remain prevalent among important sectors of the public, including among some 9/11 families.
A UN expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories on Friday denied that he endorsed claims of US government involvement in the September 11 attacks. “I wish to be absolutely clear; I do not endorse the theory that the US government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks,” Richard Falk said in a statement released by the UN human rights office. The United States on Tuesday demanded his dismissal for “noxious” comments over an alleged US cover-up.
According to Wikipedia, the phrase “third rail” is defined as “a metaphor in politics to denote an idea or topic that is so “charged” and “untouchable” that any politician or public official who dares to broach the subject would invariably suffer politically.” This most certainly applies to 9/11.
A UN expert on Palestinian human rights who suggested there was a cover-up over the September 11 attacks should be fired, US Ambassador Susan Rice said on Tuesday. US academic Richard Falk wrote in a blog this month that there had been an “apparent cover-up” over 9/11. In her statement, Rice called Falk’s comments “despicable” and “noxious” and called for his removal.
Falk wrote in a blog this month that there had been an “apparent cover-up” by US authorities over the September 11, 2001 attacks, in which hijackers flew airliners into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon near Washington. He said mainstream media had been “unwilling to acknowledge the well-evidenced doubts about the official version of the events: an al Qaeda operation with no foreknowledge by government officials.”
The United Nations has called on the United States to conduct a full investigation into torture under the administration of former US President George W. Bush. [...] The UN special rapporteur on torture, Juan Ernesto Mendez, urged Washington on Tuesday to prosecute offenders as well as senior officials who ordered the abuse of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. In his book, Bush confirms that he personally approved a request by CIA agents to use waterboarding and other forms of torture in the interrogation of so-called “terror suspects.”
He was greeted by applause when he walked into the United Nations General Assembly, and applauded again, even after questioning 9/11 and claiming that the American government may have been behind the attack. That’s right, applauded after questioning the motivation for the terrorist attacks, who was responsible for them, and essentially suggesting they were a U.S. plot. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made a variety of claims over the years during his appearances here, but he never has ...