IMPROBABLE COLLAPSE includes statements by a number of people who call out for the truth and question the official accounts of the September 11th events, and others who have fought for transparency, disclosure, accountability and justice.
APRIL GALLOP – Pentagon Attack Survivor
“You live with it, almost every day,” April Gallop told the Washington Post. “You carry it with you.” The Army officer and her 3-year old son Elisha received serious injuries when the Pentagon was struck.
Daniel Ellsberg was the military analyst who precipitated a national uproar in 1971 when he released the “Pentagon Papers,” a set of US military documents about decisions concerning Vietnam, to The New York Times. After the Times was slapped with a gag order, preventing further publication, Ellsberg went underground and continued releasing the documents through other newspapers, evading a succession of gag orders.
Ellsberg’s revelation of the Pentagon’s true motives in Vietnam eroded public support for the war. Many wonder whether the far more centralized corporate media of today will ever again provide a platform to a government whistleblower like Ellsberg, no matter how compelling the case.
Daniel Hopsicker is the author of Welcome to Terrorland, Mohamed Atta & The 9-11 Cover-up in Florida (2004: Mad Cow Press). He is one of the few journalists to take a genuine “gumshoe” approach to the facts of September 11th, uncovering numerous anomalies in official accounts of the alleged hijackers’ activities. He is practically the only one to examine the role of the Florida flight schools where the alleged terror pilots trained. Hopsicker’s investigative articles are published at his website www.madcowprod.com
Richard Ben-Veniste was one of ten members of the 9/11 Commission. A lawyer to President Clinton in the Whitewater case, Ben-Veniste also played a role in Hopsicker’s prior book, Barry and the Boys, as counsel to Barry Seal. (Seal, who once conducted a sting operation on behalf of George Bush Sr., was credited with being the leading coke-runner of the 1980s, transporting billions in narcotics through the Mena, Arkansas airport during the tenure in that state of Governor Clinton.) While not necessarily a truth-seeker, during his brief appearance in Improbable Collapse Ben-Veniste does deliver a frank assessment of the function of the 9/11 Commission.
Though far from exhaustive, our sample group reveals that skepticism about official accounts of September 11th is found among people of every possible station, creed and political persuasion. They also sometimes differ in their opinions about 9/11, and how best to respond to it.
Paul Hellyer was Defence Minister of Canada for most of the 1960s. He later founded the Canadian Action Party, and has been active as an opponent of weapons in space. Of the events of September 11th, he has said: “As a former Minister of National Defense, when the news came out I had to wonder. Why did airplanes fly around for an hour and a half without interceptors being scrambled from Andrews [Air Force Base]? I think the inquiry has been very shallow and superficial… At least to why some of the things happened that seem to be, for an ordinary person, inexplicable.” (more)
Hellyer is one of many former government members, elected officials and military officers, both in the US and abroad, who have raised doubts about September 11th.
Don Paul is the co-author with Jim Hoffman of Waking Up from Our Nightmare: The 9/11 Crimes in New York City. His work has focused on the financial architecture of September 11th. The photo shows Paul (r.) at a 9/11 research conference in Washington DC with Jim Marrs (l.) author of Inside Job.
Jamey Hecht is the author of Plato’s Symposium: Eros and the Human Predicament, the translator of the Three Theban Plays by Sophocles, a painter, a poet, and a rapper who produced a hip-hop tribute to Robert Kennedy. Hecht is also the senior staff writer for From the Wilderness publications, the newsletter of Michael Ruppert (copvcia.com).
The following officials do not appear in the film, but deserve mention:
Cynthia McKinney, six-term member of the House from Georgia.
Catherine Austin Fitts, asst. housing secretary in the Bush Sr. administration.
Former Sen. Max Cleland, resigned from 9/11 Commission after calling it a “whitewash.”
Michael Meacher MP, former environment minister in the Tony Blair government.
Col. Robert Bowman USAF (ret.), a former director of US space weapons programs.
Andreas von Buelow, former science minister of Germany.
Gen. Anatoli Kornukov, commander-in-chief of Russian air forces on Sept. 11th.
Lt. Col. Steven Butler (ret.), vice chancellor of Defense Language Institute at Monterrey.
Paul Lannoye, Green member of the European Parliament from Belgium.
STATEMENT AND PETITION
Several of the officials named above signed the 911 Truth Statement, along with 100 other luminaries from many fields and 50 relatives of people who died on September 11th. The statement poses twelve questions ignored in the official 9/11 investigations and calls for a new investigation. Many thousands of people have signed the “Justice for 9/11” petition, which demands a grand jury be convened to investigate the unsolved crimes of September 11th.