NY Times “German 9/11 mosque” article plagued by false statements, Islamophobia

Not everybody “got” the ambivalent humor of my Build a Mega-Mosque on Ground Zero proposal. So I’m returning to straightfaced seriousness — all outrage and no wit. Below is today’s letter to the New York Times ombudsman.

Arthur Brisbane, Public Editor
The New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
(212) 556-7652

Dear Mr. Brisbane,

The article “Mosque Used by 9/11 Plotters Is Closed” published August 9th contains misstatements of fact that appear designed to incite Islamophobia.

The article begins: “The authorities in Hamburg said Monday that they had shut down the mosque where several of the hijackers involved in the Sept. 11 attacks had met…”  Its ninth paragraph reads: “The mosque achieved worldwide notoriety after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and other members of the group that carried out the attacks had used the mosque as a meeting place.”

Atta, al-Shehhi and the “other members of the group” have never been convicted in a court of law of carrying out the 9/11 attacks, nor has any actual evidence  against any of them — and by “evidence” I mean evidence that would stand up in a court of law — ever been made public. On the contrary, not one shred of evidence has ever placed any of the nineteen alleged hijackers aboard any of the alleged attack planes. Conspicuously missing from the record are boarding passes, official passenger lists, security videos, and testimony from those who would have ticketed and boarded these young men had they actually been on the planes. Additionally, at least ten of the alleged hijackers were reliably reported to have been alive after 9/11, and several others were victims of identity theft and impersonation, apparently by intelligence agents setting them up to be framed for 9/11.

The best short scholarly study of how these nineteen young men were apparently framed for 9/11 is Jay Kolar’s ” What We Know About the 9/11 Hijackers,” published by Elsevier, Europe’s leading scholarly publisher.

Kolar’s article, which has never been adequately answered by supporters of the official conspiracy theory, shows, at minimum, that there is a robust scholarly debate about the quality of “evidence” against the nineteen alleged hijackers. Therefore, calling these innocent young men — innocent because they have never been proven guilty in a court of law — “9/11 plotters,” “hijackers,” or members of “the group that carried out the attacks” is Islamophobic propaganda, not journalism.


Dr. Kevin Barrett
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin (2004), Arabic/Islamic Studies focus

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  1. Anonymous on the 19. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    There won’t be an independent investigation regarding 9/11, beyond the crap the Philip Zelikow and Dov Zackheim turds cranked, aka the Omission Report.

    Most of the insiders in Washingtoon, District of Corruption, know who pulled off 9/11. They know it was an INSIDE JOB. They know that the Israeli MOSSAD did the demolitions work in the ’3′ buildings destroyed in New York. They also know that they get a shitload of money from A.I.P.A.C. to keep their treasonous mouths shut about 9/11 as well.

    Though you could rationally argue that not ALL of the U.S. government was involved in the plot, it is also quite true that virtually ALL OF IT as involved in the COVER UP after the self-inflicted wound took place. This includes the F.B.I., the Dept. of Justice, NORAD, the entire United States Air Force, and virtually every single element that had anything to do with national defense that day.

    This was treason, folks. This was not incompetence, or an oversight, or a bunch of out of sync individuals all not working in concert with each other to defeat 19 arab hijackers with box cutters.

    This was a plot by the MOSSAD and the U.S. federal everything, to kill people on U.S. soil and blame it on Afghani’s and Arabs., with the sole purpose of legitimizing the invasion of Afghanistan, and the invasion and war with Iraq. It had nothing to do with accidental anything.

    Mr. Barrett, I think you’re barking up the wrong tree expecting the perpetrators to investigate themselves in the crime of the century. It will never happen. The Israeli lobby is too powerful, it’s stranglehold on U.S. political processes too great, and the ramifications of this treason are too far reaching and way too awful for this to ever in a million years, come to fruition.

    Right now, the nation is just peechy keen with pretending it was 19 arab hijackers who did this.

    No amount of money is going to make a new investigation happen. This was treason, Kevin. It was committed by too many politicians in the COVER UP, for it to ever be punished.

    The only fitting punishment is for all involved parties to either be SHOT or HANGED. The heinousness of this crime screams for that justice, and that justice will never happen. In other words, the scum who did this, GOT AWAY WITH IT!

    They got away with it!

  2. Rehmat on the 19. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    The author of the book Truth Jihad, Dr. Kevin James Barrett (b. 1959) is an Arabist-Islamologist scholar and one of America’s best known critics of the “War on Terror”. From 1991 to 2006 Dr. Barrett taught at colleges and Universities in San Francisco, Paris and Wisconsin. In Summer 2006, Dr. Barrett was attacked by a group of Republican state legislators who called for him to be fired from his job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison due to his political opinions. Since 2007, Dr. Barrett has been informally blacklisted in teaching in American colleges and Universities. Dr. Barrett ran for Congress in 2008. Currently he authors books, work as a radio talk show host, writes a blog and is founder of the Muslim Jewish Chriatian Alliance for 9/11 Truth (MUJCA), a nonprofit organization. Dr. Barrett is son of Olympics sailor Peter Barrett and professor Laurie Barrett, both Unitarian. He converted to Islam in 1992. Dr. Barrett lives in Wisconsin with his wife, two sons and a dog named Salman Rushdie….


  3. Ross on the 20. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    WTC 7 is the key to opening the minds of people to the grand lie.NIST cannot even refute the over whelming scientific evidence which proves beyond any shadow of a doubt,that controlled demolition brought down a building which housed CIA,FBI and ENRON offices.

    This will not fade into the ether like the assassination of JFK.This is an ongoing festering sore of war,injustice ,mass murder,and the oppression of all humanity which must be defeated.

  4. Dawoodi Morkas on the 21. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Ground Zero Mosque

    The controversy of the mosque at the site of the Twin Towers has been blown more for the political mileage then the issue deserves.

    Zionist, and their control of the media the world over is a phenomenon that deserves an appreciation from the non-Zionist, in as much as the Zionist knew where the information control will lead them, it was to make them the masters of the lot and has made them such a master.

    USA is the top spin country of the world. The people ordinarily work harder then any other nation of the world, yet they are not their own master, the media at the eleventh hour gives them such an information, of course right or wrong as desired by the Zionist mindset, and the people of the great democracy of the USA listens to it and act on it as if it were the bible for them.

    Dear Madam Debbie, we have to come up with an alternative to the media control of the Zionist. For that I at least know that your work is a milestone, however, a lot has to be done and the channels such as the Al-Jazira, and any of such channels which can come from Iran or any Zionist adversary would be a blessing, and would catch the eye of the ordinary Muslim community. It would be a great achievement. I am particularly putting this suggestion to you since I think Iran would listen to a reasonable voice such as yours in this direction.

    The issue of Ground Zero Mosque, if a Zionist plot has been won by them, we should not shed our tears on this issue as we have already lost, as such we must concede a retreat.

  5. Debbie on the 22. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Thank you Mr. Morkas.

    In other words, you are saying the same thing which Dr. Mahathir the ex-PM of Malaysia said a few years ago… that Muslims should take a page from the Jewish book and replicate it into Islam… Organization, coordination, and unity.

  6. Ross on the 23. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    So Debbie ,are you implying that Mahathir and Morkas are emulating the facist ideals of Zionism?

    The Roman Catholic Church helped Nazis escape justice after WW2.

    It seems that the lust for power has a common denominator of insecurity and god runs poor second to money, the power facilitator.

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