September 9, 2011, 2:20 PM
9/11 ‘Truthers’ to Tone Protests Down, for a Day
By COREY KILGANNON
“No bullhorning during the memorial.”
That’s always been the rule of thumb among “truther” demonstrators at ground zero on Sept. 11, out of respect for relatives of victims of the terror attack, said Mike Skuthan, 32, a Web designer from Long Island who attends the demonstrations every year.
But after this Sunday’s memorial, Mr. Skuthan said, the bullhorns and signs will again be brought out and the groups will walk from one location to another in Manhattan chanting their message and engaging passers-by to help them call for a new investigation into the attacks.
“You have the usual chants — ‘9-11 Truth Ends Wars,’ or ‘Two planes, three buildings,’ ” Mr. Skuthan said. “The popular one this year will probably be, ‘Ten years, no justice.’ ”
Members of the so-called 9-11 Truth movement range from extreme conspiracy theorists who believe that the Bush administration engineered the attacks to consolidate power, roll back civil liberties and help oil mogul friends. But then there are more moderate factions that simply insist that top government officials know more about the attacks than they have acknowledged, and then used then used the attacks as a pretext for invading Iraq. A large percentage of activists outline — often in great detail — what they call inconsistencies in government explanations of the attacks, which many call a governmental cover-up.
There are scores of somber memorial events on Sunday commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 2001 attacks — poignant prayer services, candlelight vigils and, of course, the official commemoration at ground zero.
But for conspiracy theorists, the day’s poignancy is mixed with a renewed urgency to their demand for answers, and to dispute official explanations of the attacks. The slew of events leading up to Sunday include screenings of sept. 11-conspiracy films, and widespread “street action” protests. There are discussions by the leading proponents of so-called 9/11-truth theories, and even a spiritual service led by religious leaders who believe the public has not been told the whole truth about the attacks.
Because this is the 10th anniversary, and it falls on a weekend, “truthers’’ are hoping to get their highest turnout ever for demonstrations, said Mr. Skuthan, who pitched in this year by making a popular Web site for “truther” events this weekend, including the locations of numerous “street actions.”
The demonstrations may be more subdued this year, said Luke Rudkowski, 25, a journalist from Brooklyn.
Mr. Rudkowski is no shrinking violet. Armed with a video camera and a YouTube account, he has confronted the likes of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; Larry A. Silverstein, the leaseholder on the Trade Center; and Thomas H. Kean, a former governor of New Jersey who was chairman of the federal Sept. 11 commission.
In 2009, Mr. Rudkowski was arrested while attempting to question Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg about the lack of health care for emergency responders.
But when Mr. Rudkowski gathers with other activists at ground zero on Sunday morning near the official, private memorial service, he says, he will be in nonconfrontational mode.
We are organizing a demonstration to let the people at the International Law and Order community, International Criminal Court, and all the people on this world know the current status quo is not sustainable any longer and that the International Criminal Court has the duty to pursue the goals stated in their statues.
With not pursuing the people responsible for the Iraq war the international court paves the way for more criminal activities from this group. The current strategy will not only make the International Criminal Court’s powers totally useless on the short term, but on the long term, end the trust the court still has with the people, the people that pay the bills, the people the court sworn to protect and serve.
The International Criminal Court, and various prosecutors offices and police organizations, from what has become a shameful long list of countries, refuse to this day to investigate, prosecute or even file charges against this group, the various people and organizations involved in the creation of this war, as well as connections to / from or direct involvement of several arms suppliers, banks, governments and various private elite persons.
We organize this demonstration and memorial on March 19, eight years after the start of this illegal war in Iraq to remind the International Criminal Court to do justice to the victims of these crimes against humanity and to make clear they have to take direct action against this group as stated within the charter of the International Criminal Court.
We also want to make clear that it is no longer justifiable that the International Criminal Court keeps protecting this group with not taking action against them and that we will no longer accept this.
We expect a thorough investigation and direct action from the International Criminal Court, less than this is not enough and it will never be.
We also understand that the people at the International Criminal Court and the various administrations, public departments and police organizations know and realize that moving in this direction is the only way, but a very small group of powerful and rich people makes this almost impossible for them.
So we will demonstrate on March 19 to communicate to these people we are supporting those who can bring much needed change and that the current status quo does not meet our ever-shrinking world.
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