We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Secret Service Failures on 9/11: A Call for Transparency

Click here to access article by Kevin Ryan, a guest post at Washington's Blog. The author is a...
...former Site Manager for Environmental Health Laboratories, a division of Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Mr. Ryan, a Chemist and laboratory manager, was fired by UL in 2004 for publicly questioning the report being drafted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on their World Trade Center investigation. In the intervening period, Ryan has completed additional research while his original questions, which have become increasingly important over time, remain unanswered by UL or NIST. 
The author points out more discrepancies and anomalies between known facts and the official story by focusing on the Secret Service's lack of concern about protecting either the President or the Vice-President after knowing that air attacks had been launched. (Note: as you read the article, you may want to refer to a timeline of the 9/11 events.) 

The same author also wrote a report in December that was published in Foreign Policy Journal entitled, "Questions on Two Flights Out of Andrews AFB on 9/11", with similar discrepancies.