Vancouver truth seekers question 9/11

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      Darren Pearson makes a point of being at Vancouver’s Robson Square on the 11th of every month.

      He and his colleagues have been setting up shop at the downtown plaza for more than three years to distribute leaflets and DVDs commemorating an event that changed the world: the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S.

      But more than just remembering the almost 3,000 people who perished, including 24 Canadians, Pearson’s group is asking the question that refuses to die in the minds of many: was 9/11 an inside job?

      According to the founding member of the Vancouver 9/11 Truth Society, being involved in such a cause involves some serious challenges.

      “I guess alienating myself from some people that may have been friends at one time—that certainly becomes a part,” Pearson told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview. “And even family members, for that matter.”

      But it has its rewards. According to Pearson, he has received notes from people who feel that they’ve been enlightened. “I feel that I have been recognized by individuals who have said that I have changed their lives,” he said.

      Largely ignored by media and shunned by other activist groups, 9/11 truth societies have managed to keep their crusade alive. That’s largely because of the Internet and social media, according to Mario Canseco, vice president of communications with Angus Reid Public Opinion.

      “We need to remember that it’s easier now to tell a story than it ever was because of social media, because of blogs, because of Twitter,” Canseco told the Straight in a phone interview. “It’s never been as easy as it is now to deal with ways to get your message across. Not only that, it’s not just putting something out there but actually connecting with people who feel the same way you do.”

      About two years ago, Canseco’s company conducted a survey on public perceptions of 9/11. The results showed that 34 percent of Canadians believed that the U.S. government “let” the attacks happen. While 29 percent thought that the administration of then–American president George W. Bush had no prior knowledge, 16 percent of Canadians believed that the U.S. “made” the attacks, and 21 percent were undecided.

      “We’re basically talking about almost one in four Canadians who think that the collapse of the World Trade Center was a result of a controlled demolition,” Canseco said.

      According to SFU history professor Mark Leier, it’s a “natural human thing” to have theories that events like 9/11 or the 1963 assassination of then–U.S. president John F. Kennedy or even the car accident that caused the death of Princess Diana in Paris in 1997 are the handiwork of powerful people in government.

      “They are so out of the ordinary and so surprising that they push people to try to find explanations that make the whole thing somehow fit into a pattern that they can get their hands around,” Leier told the Straight by phone. “And so for a lot of people, the idea that, say, George Bush would engineer the attacks on the World Trade Center is somehow more plausible to them than the idea that people could be extremely angry at America for its actions in other parts of the world.”

      Lee Moller of the B.C. Society for Skeptical Enquiry has one quick response to claims that 9/11 was perpetrated by the American government.

      “The government is made up of tens of thousands of people, and they’ve all got different motivations, so it’s almost impossible to imagine that the government could pull off something like this and have nobody find out about it,” Moller told the Straight by phone.

      But for Pearson, looking for alternative answers is a quest for “justice, I suppose, on some level”.

      On Saturday (September 11), Pearson’s group won’t just be giving out leaflets and DVDs. They’ll have a full-day event starting at 10 a.m. in Room C225 at UBC Robson Square, featuring live speakers, conversations via Skype with famous 9/11 truth seekers like American architect Richard Gage, film showings, music, question-and-answer sessions, a raffle, and a silent auction.

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      Sep 9, 2010 at 10:44am

      Moller is a shill or has no idea who governments really work. It's quite simple. A lot of government officials have spoken out about the official government story. In fact, commission co-chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, commissioners Bob Kerrey, Timothy Roemer and John Lehman, all basically said that there was a massive cover-up going on by the pentagon.

      Here's more info on what the commissioners said.

      These articles just prove that everything in the official story is a lie! Go read it for yourself! It reads like a work of fiction.


      Sep 9, 2010 at 10:45am

      To Lee Moller of the B.C. Society for Skeptical Enquiry,

      No one is accusing "the whole government" of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks. That is a strawman argument.

      If you want to know who WAS involved look no further than the Neoconsevatives who drafted up the Rebuilding America's Defenses document for PNAC in 2000 who called for a "New Pearl Harbour" event to launch America into decades of global military dominance.

      PNAC members include:
      -Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, William Kristol and Robert Kagan.

      Also Larry Silverstein who was the leaseholder of all 3 demolished buildings on 9/11 (yes 3 came down that day) made over 5 billion dollars in insurance claims.

      For those who want to learn why so many people reject the official story of 9/11 I suggest you watch:


      Michael Hey

      Sep 9, 2010 at 11:55am

      The world according to Lee Moller:

      “The government is made up of tens of thousands of people, and they’ve all got different motivations, so it’s almost impossible to imagine that the government could pull off something like this and have nobody find out about it,”

      This odd view that factions within governments are incapable of keeping secrets defies everything history has tought us. Outside the context of 9/11, I have never encountered anybody who would ever back such a ludicrous assertion.

      Moller's statement is doubly bizarre since it has never been our position that the perpetrators of 9/11 were successful in their deception. On the contrary, we are convinced that the silent majority of Canadians understands perfectly well that the official narrative defies reason. In our view, the real problem is that society is living in denial because we are afraid to confront the political reality of our day.

      Accepting the official story as absurd requires each and everyone of us to look inward, to re-examine our belief systems and to confront the embarrassing revelation that we are all capable of believing in falsehood. This is the point where 9/11 truth, once we embrace the cause, has the potential to aid us in furthering the collective evolution of human consciousness.

      Perhaps the biggest irony of all is that Lee Moller identifies himself as a "skeptic" when he is willing to accept the official explanation without any hard evidence to support it. That's not my claim - it is the official position of the FBI which shocked everyone in 2006 with the revelation that there is "no hard evidence against Osama Bin Laden".

      In reality, it is the truth activists who are showing signs of healthy skepticism.


      Sep 9, 2010 at 1:00pm

      why has my comment been published?


      Sep 9, 2010 at 1:58pm

      Mr Leier, people don't reject the OFFICIAL bin Laden- kidney diaylsis, caveman, kamikazzi Conspiracy Theory because they dislike the Cheney-Bush cabal (as disdainful as it was) but because the very narrative itself is implausible from an engineering, aeronautic etc.

      Political persuasions do not explain how the laws of physics are defied.

      There are numerous groups questioning the official conspiracy theory including: Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth etc.

      **Check out the hundreds of government, intelligence and military officials who reject the official account at, and ask yourself why the voices of such highranking insiders have been censored from media coverage.


      Sep 9, 2010 at 2:08pm

      sonya, your comment hasn't been published because we can't handle your truth.


      Sep 9, 2010 at 2:08pm

      Lee Moller

      I find it rather fascinating that so-called "skeptics" aren't the least bit skeptical of challenging official claims that hold no water but that are obediently regurgitated by a largely complicit, controlled media.

      Their selective "skepticism" seems to be reserved for those who challenge the officially sanctified version of events only.

      They roll out the red, carpet of no questions asked when it comes to coddling the patently absurd official version of what took place on Sept. 11th.


      Sep 9, 2010 at 2:19pm

      For those like Moller who use the hackneyed,evidence-avoiding argument that "thousands" would need to be in on it and therefore foul play couldn't have been involved, I have two words for you...

      OPERATIONS GLADIO .... probably 99.??% of people have never heard of it yet it was probably the largest false flag operation in history unfolding over DECADES... so how did they get away with it...

      For someone who regard himself as a "skeptic" I find it laughable that Moller
      is so grossly naive as to the mechanisms by which false flag operations are carried out and potential whistleblowers are silenced.


      Sep 9, 2010 at 2:27pm

      Re. Mark Leier,

      I find it troubling that someone who has a position as a Professor of History- who should be well versed in the numerous documented false flag operations that have been carried out throughout history to implement covert agendas, is unable to spot such a classic false flag operation as 9/11

      9/11 was not only a classic false flag operation but a sloppy one.

      Methinks the good professor should educate himself as to the single greatest contorter of history and the most effective ploy for inciting invasions and other agendas - the FALSE FLAG OPERATION