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US fury over 9/11 'cover-up' claims

2011-01-25 22:16

New York - The United States on Tuesday demanded the sacking of a UN human rights expert for "noxious" comments claiming there had been a US cover-up over the September 11 attacks.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the comments by Richard Falk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, as "an affront" to the victims of the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, called Falk's views "despicable and deeply offensive" and said she had registered a protest and called for his dismissal.

Falk wrote in his personal blog on January 11 that there are "awkward gaps and contradictions in the official explanations" given for the attacks when hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Centre towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

He said there was "an apparent cover-up" by the US government over its knowledge of the attacks masterminded by Osama bin Laden.

Falk said mainstream US media had been "unwilling to acknowledge the well-evidenced doubts about the official version of the events: an al-Qaeda operation with no foreknowledge by government officials".

The US ambassador said she was "appalled" and joined calls by other groups for his dismissal.

"Mr Falk endorses the slurs of conspiracy theorists who allege that the September 11  2001, terrorist attacks were perpetrated and then covered up by the US government and media," she said in a statement.

"Mr Falk's comments are despicable and deeply offensive, and I condemn them in the strongest terms. I have registered a strong protest with the UN on behalf of the United States."

"In my view, Mr Falk's latest commentary is so noxious that it should finally be plain to all that he should no longer continue in his position on behalf of the UN," Rice said.

"The United States is deeply committed to the cause of human rights and believes that cause will be better advanced without Mr Falk and the distasteful sideshow he has chosen to create."

UN officials said that Falk is not appointed by Ban, but by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. The council must decide Falk's future, they said.

Speaking in Geneva, the UN leader expressed shock over the comments in a speech to the UN Human Rights Council.

"I want to tell you clearly and directly. I condemn this sort of inflammatory rhetoric. It is preposterous - an affront to the memory of the more than 3 000 people who died in that tragic attack," Ban said.

The US ambassador said the United States had already criticised what she called "Mr Falk's one-sided and politicised approach to his work for the UN, including his failure to condemn deliberate human rights abuses by Hamas, but these blog comments are in another category altogether.

"I would note that US and many other diplomats walked out in protest in September 2010 when Iranian President Ahmadinejad made similarly slanderous remarks before the UN General Assembly."

The Iranian leader also appeared to cast doubt on the causes of the September 11 attacks in his speech to the General Assembly last year.

Comments
  • Dar - 2011-01-25 22:45

    If his claims are so nauseating prove them wrong, its simple. All America has to do is to prove the bombings was not an inside job. Up until now, no convincing proof has been given.

      dannybfree - 2011-01-26 08:47

      There is something else. Since the Lockerbie (i guess in 1987) accident it was the USA who invented air control by military jets. The whole world had to follow and make sure that military jets are in the air within minutes of a suspicious passenger jet. The jets that hit the World Trade Centre were flying for about 20 minutes off their normal Transamerican routes before they hit the two towers. Did anyone of you see any military jets in the air above New York on all the movies that were ever posted?? If there are no military jets, then it automatically means that somebody in the US government had to be involved to keet these jets on the ground. Also the instructions for military interventions are very clear. They do have the right to shoot passenger aircrafts out of the sky that deviate from their original routes. No passenger jet was shot out of the sky instead more than 3000 people had to die in a spectacular fireball on CNN and other news. What do you think of that??

      Valkerie - 2011-01-26 09:51

      @ dannybfree: a question if you please. If these passenger airliners had been shot down before they hit their destinations, where would they have fallen? Shooting down an aircraft of that size, and probably carrying fuel as well, would cause a very big hole in the ground. If you had to make that decision, how sure would you be that it didn't hit suburban areas? It's a very difficult decision to make, especially if you'll have to account for lives lost in the end. Furthermore, to your statement: "If there are no military jets, then it automatically means that somebody in the US government had to be involved to keet these jets on the ground".... Nope, "automatically" doesn't work here. Your logic sounds flawed. How much do you know of air traffic procedures during an emergency?

      Valkerie - 2011-01-26 09:51

      @ dannybfree: a question if you please. If these passenger airliners had been shot down before they hit their destinations, where would they have fallen? Shooting down an aircraft of that size, and probably carrying fuel as well, would cause a very big hole in the ground. If you had to make that decision, how sure would you be that it didn't hit suburban areas? It's a very difficult decision to make, especially if you'll have to account for lives lost in the end. Furthermore, to your statement: "If there are no military jets, then it automatically means that somebody in the US government had to be involved to keet these jets on the ground".... Nope, "automatically" doesn't work here. Your logic sounds flawed. How much do you know of air traffic procedures during an emergency?

      Neo - 2011-01-26 12:14

      Of course they will be upset. So was Dewani, when acused of killing his wife. World control and dominance is worth a few lives, especially if you are just a paper tiger!

      Thangy - 2011-01-26 16:20

      Everyone with two braincells knows that Bush and his NWO buddies are responsible for 9/11, The minuscule hole in the Pentagon, the Two Towers Falling is such a controlled manner (we've all seen controlled demolishions)

  • CeeCee - 2011-01-25 23:38

    Where is the photos of the plane wreckage that hit the Pentagon? And how could the size of a passenger airplane make such a small hole in the wall of the Pentagon? And then just disappear. And while we are at it, they hit exactly where there is renovations going on and thus no casualties. Coincidence? Maybe, stranger things have happend.

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-26 00:54

      You really have no clue what happens to an airplane that slams full speed into concrete and stone walls, do you, especially reinforced structures. Go look up in the enternet before commenting idiot. The reason there was no footage of wreckage is because the airplane disintegrates on contact. it's a relatively thin tube of aluminium slamming into a solid wall at 500 kmph (or around that) with thousands of litres of fuel exploding as it does so.

      Olavin - 2011-01-26 03:03

      @Imduplessis. That does not explain the engines and wings. The hole in the pentagon was barely the size of the fuselage. There were no markings on the outter wall where the engines and wings should have hit and no wings or engine found. Are you to tell me they disintergated before it hit the wall?

      V. Zela - 2011-01-26 08:17

      Please go to website 911myths.com and then make up your own minds

      TruthSeeka - 2011-01-26 08:17

      Imdeplessis..your certificate is ready. You brilliant. I was wondering howcome in the history of mankind the only three steel structured buildings to fall because of fire damage happened to fall on sept 11. Staight to the ground nogal. Are they paying you to be blind and stupid? Sounds like it.

      JJSnuffels - 2011-01-26 12:44

      @TruthSeeka, it also happened when that fireworks factory caught fire in Lewes, East Sussex in 2006. The entire steel structure of the building failed and collapsed. I know of this example, but there might be other examples.

      TruthSeeka - 2011-01-26 17:29

      Heres the picture of the factory after the fire and explosion that you say collapsed: http://www.theargus.co.uk/resources/images/1100698/?type=display and the article: http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/4738410.Court_hears_of_aftermath_of_Lewes_firework_factory_explosion/ Y

  • skollie - 2011-01-26 02:11

    You know these fools from the UN can go and take a shit. What the hell do they know about 9/11. F#ck Them. It was a bloody dramatic disaster and those responsible needs to be castrated. Why in the world would this be a coverup?? Go Suck a Lolliepop idiots.

      TruthSeeka - 2011-01-26 08:13

      Damn you an A grade certified moron. Produce your evidence not some, "They hate our freedoms" bullshit al Qaeda blaming American propoganda. We are South African! We can smell bullshit a mile away and you my friend smell like you being paid.

  • moderfontein - 2011-01-26 02:18

    @imduplessis, are you saying that a plane engine weighting at least several tons just disintergates?. Nonsense , no engines were recovered from the wreckage, is that not rather strange?. Also minutes after the crash whilst emergency services were helping and rushing to the scene to help , the FBI called to all buildings overlooking the Pentagon and removed security cameras. Why has none of the foogage from these cameras never been shown or used as proof that a plane was used?. Check out on You Tube , some of the videos posted and supported by millions the world over , that Mossad and the CIA in a joint operation were complict in 9/11. In a recent survey in America , 35% of Americans do not beleive the official version of events. Do yourself a favour and become a free thinker. Check out on You Tube the videos, "no plane hit the Pentagon" also "the Pentagon was not hit by a air liner". There is now a large body of opinion around the world who no longer trust the official version of events.

      TruthSeeka - 2011-01-26 08:20

      Correction, recent American polls suggests over 65%. Google it.

      V. Zela - 2011-01-26 08:31

      Please go to website 911myths.com and then make up your own minds

      Lanfear - 2011-01-26 10:08

      Yes, yes, that for the plane into the Pentagon. What about the Towers though? Or did all the news agencies lie when they showed the planes [especially the live broadcast of the 2nd plane] flying straight into the towers? Oh I see, the structures were weakened before hand or some such. Look I'm not saying that the conspiracy theorists don't have a point, there is something fishy about the the official story. Yet to blindly believe the conspiracy guys, well that makes anything but a "free thinker".

  • Anton - 2011-01-26 06:21

    The George Bush goverment did this, it was an excuse to go and procure oil rights!

      Observer - 2011-01-26 08:06

      Have there been any oil benefits (to America) since the war on terror began? If anything, oil prices have shot up. So I dunno about your statement - although it's possible that the original plan has backfired. Maybe someone who knows more than I can comment further.

      ffaarg - 2011-01-26 08:28

      @Observer You may be interested to know that the US Congress wanted to make the money they were spending on rebuilding Iraq a loan, to be paid back from Iraq's oil revenue. Bush said he would veto any such legislation.

      Observer - 2011-01-26 08:46

      @ffaary - thanks for that. But that would be saying that Bush was against any benefit from the oil revenue? Or didn't want to benefit from the oil revenue? As it turns out, the loan move hasn't been the case (has it?) - so where has the benefit been from the oil? While Anton's statement is a well known argument, at the moment we aren't seeing that happening. Or are we?

      Observer - 2011-01-26 08:52

      Ooops, was meant to be "@ffarg" - apologies about that "y" in your username.

  • meganbickley - 2011-01-26 06:26

    someones actually doing something about all the lies they feeding us..

  • Ixian - 2011-01-26 07:25

    Okay, if it was not a plane that hit the Pentagon what then happened to the actual plane and passengers that was supposed to have hit it? Conspiracy theories may make an interesting read but usually the authors of such conspiracies leave out obvious evidence to better support their conspiracy theory.

  • Ixian - 2011-01-26 07:26

    Okay, if it was not a plane that hit the Pentagon what then happened to the actual plane and passengers that was supposed to have hit it? Conspiracy theories may make an interesting read but usually the authors of such conspiracies leave out obvious evidence to better support their conspiracy theory.

      moderfontein - 2011-01-26 17:44

      Think about it , not one single body part was recovered from the Pentagon. 7 out of the dozen or so alleged hijackers are alive and well in their own countries as proven by several western media outlets including the BBC. Up wards of 70 alleged Mossad agents were questioned , which included several stooped in a removal van which contained explosives , as they made their way to the Broklan Bridge. Several others were caught after they were reported celebrating and taking footage of the towers comeing down . One admitted on Israeli Tv that they had nothing to do with it and were there to "observe only" . How did they know to be in position prior to the event, strange. The owner of the removal company fled to Israel , leaving lock stock and barrel behind. Why?. A very recent poll in Germany concluded that over 85% of Germans are convinced the offical version is a cover up and it was a joint Mossad/CIA operation. Kids as young as five now will tell you who did it , as there is so many holes in the official conspiracy

  • jbotha780124 - 2011-01-26 08:14

    Go and watch some of these video clips. http://www.911docs.net/#911_Video_Clips

  • ludlowdj - 2011-01-26 08:20

    To many strange co-incidents, the American government was either responsibly for planning and executing the attacks themselves or help the people who did do it, The explanation given on why the towers fell so quickly also doesn't gel. the towers which were made up of floors fell at the same speed as a piece of metal dropped through the air from the same high, their was a bomb proof observation room built adjacent to the towers, it goes on and on. 9\11 was about OIL it had nothing to do with terrorism.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-01-26 08:25

    @imduplessis Time to check your facts, there are photo's available of the explosion at the Pentagon, released from the Pentagons security camera's and their is no plane of the size given shown in any of the pictures which cover the period from a second or so before the explosion to a couple of seconds after the fire ball had burnt itself out. see "An inconvenient Truth" for more facts that can't be explained

      Lanfear - 2011-01-26 11:30

      Err, just to set the record straight but "An Inconvenient Truth" is the documentary made by Al Gore on climate change. It has nothing to do with 9/11 or conspiracy theories.

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-01-26 08:30

    Its simple watch Zeitgeist and Fahrenheit 911, read some of David Ike's books amongst others if you think it was really a terror attack.. Oil procurement, and war are huge billion dollar money spinners.. any person that doesn't have their head up their own backside will know there was more to the 911 than what the US Gov /media claim... We have the media and Gov intervention in this country, us as the public don't get to see half of what actually go's on here, burying your head up your backside and believing rubbish the media produce is akin to believing in the tooth fairy!!!

      Ingwe - 2011-01-26 10:11

      Made in SA it is actually David Icke, not David Ike. By using his books as reference material I will use your own statement against you "burying your head up your backside and believing rubbish the media produce is akin to believing in the tooth fairy!!!" just change media to David Icke and you have the same formula.

      Ingwe - 2011-01-26 10:56

      V.Zela Please go to the following website http://www.debunking911.com/index.html and then thinking about it

      Lanfear - 2011-01-26 12:40

      ROFL! David Icke! Yah right, if you read his books and still believe him, then I can only shake my head and pity you. Have you actually READ some of the drivel this man spouts? You can just as well believe all the others i.e. that aliens are living at Rosswell, that the Illuminati controls the world, that Santa lives in Lapland and the Tooth Fairy comes in the night to collect children's teeth, and so forth. Of course governments interfere, they have done so since their existence in time out of mind. What the hell did you think guys like the Romans, the Greeks and the Han in China did? What do you think religions do? Still doesn't make everything that happens a "conspiracy"! As to 9/11, as I've said here in other comments, there are some discrepancies to the official story, yet the whole conspiracy theory reeks of unverified "facts" with holes so big you could drive a jumbo-jet through it. NB. I note you cite the Tooth Fairy yourself, yet you believe in David Icke, massive dichotomy there mate!

      TruthSeeka - 2011-01-26 13:14

      Sorry but David Ikes is another fruitloop used to ridicule any alternate voice. This is why he is promoted by the same media indirectly. I will give you small example: If David Ike says here is proof 911 or whatever is false..He will actually give you some truth and then he will also tell you aliens landed in his back yard and he shared a pudding together. These kind of ppl are easily identified once you learn the game. If you can control the truth and falsehood you will be in true control. Truth is a commodity now days. For the unsure..sometimes its better you dont know the truth.

      V. Zela - 2011-01-26 13:49

      Thanks Ingwe just proves these Conspiracy theorists live in a fantasy world

  • robincasino - 2011-01-26 09:39

    @Observer: convenient you left out the "y" when replying. doos. ever heard of the Carlisle Group, one of the biggest arms manufacturers in the world, google it, and guess who they count as their board members/major shareholders, george "dubya" bush, his daddy and donald rumsfeld, mmmmm. serves a company like that well to go chasing round a desert looking for imaginary terrorists "hiding" in caves don't you think. or do you even think?? @imduplessis you're a dumb shit as well, wake up!!

      Observer - 2011-01-26 10:29

      Huh? Left out the "y"? I put a "y" in instead of a "g" - by mistake. Or did I miss something? And that makes me a "doos"? Wow boet, some serious aggro there. I wasn't trying to be confrontational - I was asking because I didn't know - with all the material out there, you'll agree it's next to impossible to read up on everything? It seems where people want to force their ideas onto others, they feel the need to try and run a person down. Rather present your ideas, and let the person read them, think about them, and then make up their mind. That's how you convince people, and engage in rational debate. Slinging around names is akin to hitting someone if you don't like what they're saying.

  • Ingwe - 2011-01-26 10:06

    Ah it seems the conspiracy theorists are out in force this morning

      Olavin - 2011-01-26 10:37

      You say that like it's a bad thing, yet we all do it. How many people don't have theories on how government is conspiring in corruption?

  • barryjoelm - 2011-01-26 10:24

    Normally, I never bother engaging the uninformed, ill-educated paranoid conspiracy theorists, but I decided to post some quotes and links: "Blast expert Allyn E. Kilsheimer describes his own observations as the first structural engineer to arrive at the Pentagon after Flight 77 crashed: I saw the marks of the plane wing on the face of the building. I picked up parts of the plane with the airline markings on them. I held in my hand the tail section of the plane, and I found the black box".("9/11: Debunking the Myths." Popular Mechanics. March, 2005.) Also, go to: http://www.skepdic.com/911conspiracy.html or: http://www.debunking911.com/index.html Noam Chomsky, who is no fan of the US Government, stated: "I think the Bush administration would have had to be utterly insane to try anything like what is alleged, for their own narrow interests, and do not think that serious evidence has been provided to support claims about actions that would not only be outlandish, for their own interests, but that have no remote historical parallel". Go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzGd0t8v-d4 and: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoDqDvbgeXM

      Mikemcc - 2011-01-26 20:06

      I have not really decided one way or the other about the issue but I question how the rest of the aircraft apparently disintegrated upon impact but this structural engineer just happens to find the black boxes. How would a blast expert structural engineer know anything about identifying pieces of an aircraft wreck not only as to their function but also be able to identify the airline?

  • Lanfear - 2011-01-26 10:59

    Well, here's a couple of websites who claim, respectively, that there is a conspiracy and there isn't. http://layscience.net/node/124 http://www.jnani.org/mrking/writings/911/king911.htm http://desip.igc.org/WTC7.html

      TruthSeeka - 2011-01-26 13:04

      You doing a shit job. You not going to get that raise at this rate with this level of skills. Your other buddies do a much better job. Every single one of you arguments is beyond lame. By you not even acknowledging one possibility shows true identity.

  • robincasino - 2011-01-26 11:02

    g ever wonder y the kids at school didn't invite you to their birthday parties???

  • Sharief - 2011-01-26 12:09

    Lets face it,there is no Osama Bin laden,America planned the whole thing,dont you find it strange that a certain video recording was found watching the first plane hitting the first tower,also why does the Pentagon bombing not make sense,the wings on the plane is much bigger than the hole which was found on the Pentagon...AMerica wants to dictate to teh world and unfortunately the world are all puppets to believe them

      Ingwe - 2011-01-26 12:35

      Troll

  • Franny - 2011-01-26 12:15

    Yeah right....the US promotes human rights...what a la believe the guyatherugh...I'd r from the UN

  • diode - 2011-01-26 12:41

    http://www.infowars.com/

  • TruthSeeka - 2011-01-26 13:18

    Google Syncronised 911 News feed and you will be shocked to know every news agency that covered 911 was being fed the same feed at the same angle and rate. :)Now leave all other theories out...that is good yes?

  • TruthSeeka - 2011-01-26 13:52

    You were not there..but theses guys were. http://firefightersfor911truth.org

  • Alfred - 2011-01-26 21:43

    censorship is tyranny. news24 fascist pigs.

  • Alfred - 2011-01-26 21:45

    Susan Rice said. "The United States is deeply committed to the cause of human rights and believes that cause will be better advanced without Mr. Falk and the distasteful sideshow he has chosen to create." The hypocrisy of this statement is simply mind-blowing. Its an insult to our intelligence. Rice is a lying bitch. The USA commits more human rights abuses than the rest of the world put together. They illegally invade countries under false pretenses for their resources killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, they practice wholesale torture, they kidnap people all over the world and send them to torture camps or they simply disappear, they protest China's internal internet censorship then they try and censor the internet worldwide (Wikkileaks). The USA is effectively a police state with more prisoners per capita then any other country on the planet. In fact 25% of all the prisoners in the world are in american jails. And between 25 000 and 100 000 are in solitary confinement in supermax prisons in conditions that can only be described as inhuman. Their thug police force commits so many human rights abuses that it is now illegal to film them. Their so called democracy is a complete sham with only two viable parties, both openly in the pocket of big business and their so called 'freedoms' a complete farce, free to be wage slaves without any protections or rights, working the longest hours with the least paid leave in the first world. Their over the top outcry over Falk's comments reeks of "me thinks the lady doth protest to much" guilt. Nowhere does Falk state that 9/11 was committed by the american government, that's just a strawman. He just states that there was and is a cover-up which is pretty much common knowledge. Mossad agents where caught on film dancing with glee right after the first impact, so they must of known in advance that something was going to happen with the WTC.

  • Jerry Mason - 2011-01-27 07:55

    It is certainly curious that the nation that put men on the Moon can't tell the entire world the TONS of STEEL and TONS of CONCRETE that were on every level of buildings designed before 1969. What does this say about the world wide knowledge of Newtonian physics? Did the Laws of Physics care how many people died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Then what do the deaths have to do with the physics of 9/11? Why should we listen to any physicists from any institutions of higher learning talk about Black Holes or the Big Bang if they cannot question the distribution of steel in skyscrapers supposedly destroyed by airliners? Does gravity affect the design of skyscrapers? Do they think politics is more important than PHYSICS? 9/11 is the Piltdown Man incident of the 21st century. .

  • Jerry Mason - 2011-01-27 18:48

    So here we have what is probably the strangest incident in human history. There are skyscrapers all over the world, and yet the nation that put men on the Moon cannot tell everyone on the planet the TONS of STEEL and TONS of CONCRETE that were on every level of skyscrapers designed before 1969. And yet the World Trade Center was destroyed 70 years after the completion of the now 3rd most famous skyscraper. Even King Kong should laugh about this. Politicians all over the planet too dumb to comprehend Newtonian Physics! No wonder the planet is so screwed up. 9/11 is the Piltdown Man Incident of the 21st century. .

  • barryjoelm - 2011-01-31 13:26

    You are all falling into the trap of ignoring the REAL issues, such as American behavior outside of it's borders, and it's behaviour towards it's own citizens. I think it is irrelevant who perpetrated 911, although I must say the evidence points to AL Quaeda, as no one else has produced anything concrete. Here is a link to an interview with Noam Chomsky on the subject: http://www.rense.com/general74/dismiss.htm The irony is that the Paranoid Conspiracy Theorists have not "proved" that the Bush administration DID perpetrate 911; they need to "prove" that 19 Arabs DIDN'T!

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