Do Information Science and Media Professionals Have a Duty to Provide Evidence-Based Information to a Questioning Public?

Published scientific articles include, in addition to the nanothermite study,[44]

  • six papers in the February 2010 American Behavioral Scientist, indexed by 67 databases, and published as a whole issue on State Crimes Against Democracy, with 9/11 used as a primary example;[45]
  • an article in The Environmentalist, “Environmental Anomalies at the World Trade Center: Evidence for Energetic Materials;”[46]
  • a paper, “Extremely High Temperatures during the World Trade Center Destruction;”[47]
  • a science article countering popular myths about the WTC collapses;[48]
  • 59 peer-reviewed papers on the physics of 9/11 events, published since 2006 in the Journal of 9/11 Studies, and 67 letters between members of the academic community;[49]
  • 9 scholarly papers published as a compendium in 2006 by Elsevier Science Press, suggesting US complicity in a false flag operation.[50] The Hidden History of 9-11-2001 was never reviewed in the mainstream press.

Other resources include Morgan and Henshall’s 9/11 Revealed[51] and Flight 93 Revealed;[52] two books by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, America’s “War on Terrorism”,[53] and War and Globalisation: The Truth Behind September 11;[54] and the Complete 9/11 Timeline investigative project.[55]

An association of professional architects and engineers held a worldwide press conference in February 2010, to announce 1000 members calling for a new investigation into 9/11 – based on the way the Twin Towers and Building 7 fell.[56]

In late 2009, Canada’s flagship investigative journalism program, CBC’s Fifth Estate, explored both sides of the 9/11 controversy in depth – the first balanced documentary in North America to do so.[57]

In summary, though the foregoing evidence against the official story has not been distilled into the systematic reviews and practice guidelines that are the products of evidence-based medicine, each claim has been either multiply peer-reviewed or substantially documented. All claims are based on continually updated and ongoing research.

This qualifies the independent research cited above as the best available evidence concerning the events of September 11.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, librarians and journalists face the dilemma that CBS anchorman Dan Rather described to the BBC to account for the failure of journalists to properly investigate 9/11:

“There was a time in South Africa that people would put flaming tires around people’s necks if they dissented. And in some ways the fear is that you will be necklaced here, you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. Now it is that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions.”[58]

The words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu offer moral direction for this dilemma: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”[59]

Librarians and journalists therefore have a solemn duty to their democracies to present the 9/11 issue as a scientific controversy worthy of debate.


[1] The White House. Office of the Press Secretary. “Remarks by the President on a New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan,” March 27, 2009 (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-on-a-New-Strategy-for-Afghanistan-and-Pakistan/).

[2] Niels H. Harrit, Jeffrey Farrer, Steven E. Jones, et al., “Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe,” Open Chemical Physics Journal, Vol. 2 (April 3, 2009): 7-31 (http://www.bentham.org/open/tocpj/openaccess2.htm). The media follow-up is documented in: Elizabeth Woodworth, “The Media Response to the Growing Influence of the 9/11 Truth Movement. Part II: A Survey of Attitude Change in 2009-2010,” Global Research, February 15, 2010  (http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?aid=17624&context=va).

[3] A thorough study of the Commission’s failings is available in:  David Ray Griffin, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, Olive Branch Press, 2004.  An online list of 115 failings may be seen in: David Ray Griffin, “The 9/11 Commission Report: A 571 Page Lie,” Global Research, September 8, 2005 (http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=907).

[4] Benjamin  DeMott, “Whitewash as public service:  How The 9/11 Commission Report defrauds the nation,” Harper’s Magazine, October, 2004 (http://www.harpers.org/archive/2004/10/0080234).

[5] Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, “Stonewalled by the C.I.A.,” New York Times, January 2, 2008 (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/02/opinion/02kean.html).

[6] David Ray Griffin, The New Pearl Harbor Revisited:  9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé,  Interlink/Olive Branch, 2008.  The PW review is at:  http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/1-legacy/15-web-exclusive-book-reviews/article/6017-web-exclusive-reviews-week-of-11-24-2008-.html.

[7] New Statesman. “The 50 people who matter today,” September 24, 2009   (http://www.newstatesman.com/global-issues/2009/09/world-fashion-gay-india-church).

[8] Peter Barber, “The Truth is Out There,” Financial Times, June 8 2008 (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/8d66e778-3128-11dd-ab22-000077b07658.html).

[9] Patriots Question 9/11. “Responsible Criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report” (http://www.patriotsquestion911.com/).

[10] Firefighters for 9/11 Truth (http://firefightersfor911truth.org/).

[11] FBI evidence presented at the 2006 Zacarias Moussaoui Prosecution Trial revealed that Barbara Olson’s single call to her husband Ted Olson, Solicitor General of the United States, lasted “zero seconds”.  See graphic at http://911research.wtc7.net/planes/evidence/docs/calls/Flight77/BarbaraOlson.jpg

[12] David Ray Griffin, Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive? Olive Branch Press, 2009.

[13] FBI, “FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive[s], Usama bin Laden. (http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten/fugitives/laden.htm).

[14] Kean and Hamilton, “Stonewalled by the C.I.A.;” John Farmer, “The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11,” Riverhead, 2009, p. 4.

[15] As a Canadian health sciences librarian, I spent many years delivering “best evidence” to health professionals in the British Columbia Ministry of Health.

[16] United States. National Library of Medicine. “Evidence-Based Practice and Health Technology Assessment,” Medical Subject Headings, 2009. (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hsrinfo/evidence_based_practice.html).

[17] Booth, A., and Brice, A., Evidence-Based Practice for Information Professionals: A handbook, London, Facet Publishing, 2004.

[18] Virginia Wilson, “An Introduction to Critical Appraisal,” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice,” February 5, 2010

(http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/EBLIP/article/view/7458/6438).

[19] 5th International Evidence Based Library & Information Practice Conference, Stockholm, June 29th – July 3rd 2009 (http://blogs.kib.ki.se/eblip5/).

[20] “The 10 Most Endangered Newspapers in America,” Time Magazine, March 9, 2009 (http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1883785,00.html).

[21] Philip Meyer, “The Elite Newpaper of the Future,” American Journalism Review, October/November 2008 (http://www.ajr.org/article.asp?id=4605).

[22] Richard Sambrook, “What’s So Funny About News, Comment, and Understanding?” May 5, 2009 (http://sambrook.typepad.com/sacredfacts/2009/05/whats-so-funny-about-news-comment-and-understanding.html).

[23] Wikipedia.  “September 11 attacks opinion polls,” May 25, 2010 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks_opinion_polls).

[24] Lev Grossman. Why the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Won’t Go Away,” Time Magazine, September 3, 2006 (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1531304-1,00.html).

[25] WorldPublicOpinion.org, “International Poll: No Consensus On Who Was Behind 9/11,” September 10. 2008 (http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/articles/international_security_bt/535.php?nid=&id=&pnt=535&lb=btis).

[26] See:

http://news.google.com/archivesearch?q=9/11+truth&scoring=a&sa=N&sugg=d&as_ldate=2010&as_hdate=2014&lnav=hist10.

[27] Woodworth, “The Media Response to the Growing Influence of the 9/11 Truth Movement.”

[28] Code of Ethics of the American Library Association, 2008 (http://staging.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/statementspols/codeofethics/codeethics.cfm).

[29] “A false flag operation is a staged attack, such as on a US ship, which is used to gain popular support for war against a predetermined enemy.” Ralph Lopez, Truth in the Age of Bushism, 2nd ed., CreateSpace, p. 97.

[30] Code of Ethics of the ALA.

[31] “Status of Journalists and Journalism Ethics:  IFJ Principles,” May 2003 (http://www.ifj.org/en/articles/status-of-journalists-and-journalism-ethics-ifj-principles).

[32] American Society of Newspaper Editors, “Statement of Principles,” 1975 (http://www2.sabew.org/sabewweb.nsf/8247d0ca4c256f7286256ad800773610/880622dc72b8016086256bf1006d227b!OpenDocument).

[33] Ibid.

[34] “Status of Journalists and Journalism Ethics:  IFJ Principles.”

[35] Ibid.

[36] Pete Brush, “Bush Opposes 9/11 Query Panel,” CBS News, May 23, 2002 (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/05/15/attack/main509096.shtml).

[37] Philip Shenon, The Commission:  The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation, Twelve, 2008.

[38] George Washington’s Blog, “Whitewash,” January 17, 2008 (http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2008/01/whitewash.html).

[39] David Ray Griffin, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions.

[40] These reports are available at http://wtc.nist.gov/.

[41] Dan Rather, CBS News, “9/11: Dan Rather Says WTC Collapses Look Like Demolitions,” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvx904dAw0o); Peter Jennings, ABC News, “9/11: Controlled Demolition Comparison,” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ptvvbaR0-U).

[42] NIST. WTC 7 Public Comments Received (2008) (http://wtc.nist.gov/comments08/).

[43] See http://davidraygriffin.com.

[44] Niels H. Harrit, et al., “Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe.”

[45] See February 2010 issue at http://abs.sagepub.com/content/vol53/issue6/. The print issue is available for $24 from Sage Journals at  [email protected], telephone 1-800-818-7243 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-818-7243      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

[46] Kevin R. Ryan, James R. Gourley, and Steven E. Jones, “Environmental Anomalies at the World Trade Center: Evidence for Energetic Materials,” The Environmentalist, 29 (2009): 56-63.

[47] Steven E. Jones et al., “Extremely High Temperatures during the World Trade Center Destruction,” Journal of 9/11 Studies, January 2008 (http://journalof911studies.com/articles/WTCHighTemp2.pdf).

[48] Steven E. Jones, et al., “Fourteen Points of Agreement with Official Government Reports on the World Trade Center Destruction,” The Open Civil Engineering Journal, vol. 2, 2008 (http://www.bentham-open.org/pages/content.php?TOCIEJ/2008/00000002/00000001/35TOCIEJ.SGM).

[49] Journal of 9/11 Studies, http://www.journalof911studies.com/.  The letters are published at http://www.journalof911studies.com/letters.html

[50] Zarembka, Paul, ed., The Hidden History of 9-11-2001, Elsevier, 2006 (http://econpapers.repec.org/bookchap/rpevolume/volm23.htm). A second edition (paperback) from Seven Stories Press appeared in 2008, http://www.amazon.com/Hidden-History-9-11-Paul-Zarembka/dp/B002YX0BUU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274834040&sr=8-1.

[51] Rowland Morgan and Ian Henshall, 9/11 Revealed: The Unanswered Questions, Carrol & Graf, 2005.

[52] Rowland Morgan and Ian Henshall, Flight 93 Revealed: What Really Happened on the 9/11 Let’s Roll Flight? Carroll & Graf, 2006.

[53] Michel Chossudovsky,  America’s “War on Terrorism,” Global Research, 2005.

[54] Michel Chossudovsky, War and Globalisation: The Truth Behind September 11, Global Outlook, 2002.

[55] History Commons, Complete 9/11 Timeline, (http://www.historycommons.org/project.jsp?project=911_project).

[56] Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, now has 1200 members. (http://www.ae911truth.org).

[57] CBC, Fifth Estate, “The Unofficial Story,” November 27, 2009. This program drew a record 377 public comments, ref. http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/discussion/2009/11/the_unofficial_story.html. Outside Canada, the documentary may be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkYlbpS-vVI.

[58] Matthew Engel, “US media cowed by patriotic fever, says CBS star,” The Guardian, May 17, 2002 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2002/may/17/terrorismandthemedia.broadcasting).

[59] Rosemarie Jarski, Words from the Wise, Skyhorse Publishing, 2007, p. 353.