For 9/11 truth seekers across the continent, all roads lead to Vancouver in June. That's when the city will host a three-day gathering of activists who question the American government's account of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S.
Darren Pearson, an organizer of the Vancouver 9/11 Truth Society, is thrilled. That's because the event follows on the heels of a symbolic decision rendered on May 11 of this year by an international people's tribunal sponsored by the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War, a private organization founded by former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. A panel of judges issued a verdict declaring ex–U.S. president George W. Bush and seven members of his administration, including former vice president Dick Cheney and ex–defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld, guilty of torture and war crimes in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“That's big news in my world,” Pearson told the Straight in a phone interview. “That's a great achievement, even though we know that nobody went to jail yet. It's a long ways from that. But that's still an important step.”
American lawyer Alfred Webre, who was a judge in the Kuala Lumpur proceedings, is coming to Vancouver for the event. Webre will help evaluate information presented by speakers at the so-called Vancouver Hearings, which will be held at Denman Cinemas June 15 to 17.