Ads questioning truth of 9/11 appear on OC Transpo buses


Ads questioning truth of 9/11 appear on OC Transpo buses

OC Transpo buses are displaying about 300 ads, such as the one above, with the words ‘ Did you know a 3rd tower fell on 9/11?’

OTTAWA — Did you know a third tower fell on 9/11?

The question appears on 300 OC Transpo buses this week in a global advertising campaign challenging the official version of the Sept. 11, 2001, disaster in Manhattan.

New York-based Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth is trying to rally public pressure for a new official inquiry into whether the World Trade Center towers and neighbouring WTC Building 7 were actually toppled by shadowy U.S. forces using controlled demolitions.

Though the group is careful not to blame anyone in particular, the implication is that elements allied with the former administration of president George W. Bush needed to manufacture sufficient reason to justify planned military assaults on Afghanistan and Iraq.

“We just want a thorough, honest investigation and wherever it leads, it leads,” said Ted Walter, a chief organizer for the month-long “” ad campaign.

The call to action is running on billboards, subways, buses and taxis in 10 North American cities, from New York to Vancouver, as well as overseas in London and Sydney.

It’s already causing a stir here. Ottawa councillor Diane Deans, head of the transit commission, first saw the ads Wednesday. She said the campaign is inconsiderate and wants the commission to review the city’s advertising policy.

“Two thousand, nine hundred and ninety six people lost their lives on 9/11 12 years ago, including 24 Canadians. It does appear insensitive to me, especially today on the anniversary,” she said.

“The challenge always is, where do you draw the line? You have to balance the constitutional right of free speech with the likelihood that the ads are offensive to our residents.”

Bus rider Andres Acero was shocked when he saw the ad Tuesday night.

“Disrespectful and callous,” he said. “It discredits the work done by EMS personnel and all the victims’ families.” He’s considering lodging a formal complaint with the bus company.

Rider Adam Toner said he doesn’t agree with the message. “I can understand freedom of speech where they have a right to say what they believe.”

But, “to have something like that on the anniversary, that’s a little disrespectful to families, friends who lost somebody there,” he said.

Frank Wilson, general manager of the Ottawa office of Pattison Outdoor Advertising, which handles advertising on city properties, said OC Transpo officials were consulted and approved the interior “transit card” message. He said it also conforms to the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards. And it appears to abide by the city’s current advertising policy, too.

“Everyone has a right to question whatever they want to,” Wilson said of the campaign. “I don’t think you need to be embroiled in conspiracy theory to wonder why … that at the end of the day this building just suddenly came down.

“We as a company have a responsibility to be very careful what we put up there because parents can’t screen it from their kids and it’s exposed to everyone. We pay attention to the creative side of the business and OC Transpo feels the same way.”

With sufficient public support, the U.S. campaign organizers hope to convince either the U.S. government, New York City council or even the United Nations to launch a new inquiry. Online donations to are covering the $225,000 costs, including $10,000 for the Ottawa bus ads.

The advertising blitz coincides with the release of results from a poll commissioned by the group suggesting 38 per cent of Americans have some doubts about the official account of 9/11, 10 per cent don’t believe it at all and 12 per cent are unsure.

The associated Ottawa-based group, 9/11 Justice Canada, said it has been trying unsuccessfully for a year to convince Ottawa NDP MP Paul Dewar to table a 1,400-signature petition in the Commons calling for a parliamentary review of the “of the omissions and inconsistencies” in the 2004 U.S. 9/11 Commission Report, which blamed the attacks on al-Qaida and a catastrophic breakdown of U.S. intelligence.

The so-called 9/11 Truth movement believes there is compelling forensic and expert evidence to show the towers were not destroyed by fire, but by advanced military-grade explosives and clandestine demolition measures that structurally weakened the buildings before the planes crashed.

They say the “smoking gun” is WTC 7.

The 47-storey steel-framed office building about 100 metres from the main WTC complex was not hit by one of the hijacked airliners. But it was damaged by debris from the 10:28 a.m. collapse of the north tower, which ignited fires on several floors.

Even so, WTC 7 appeared relatively unaffected by the surrounding disaster, so much so that many people have never heard of or taken note of its mysterious collapse. Yet at 5:20 p.m. WTC 7 pancaked straight into the ground.

An official investigation by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology concluded a critical interior column was likely weakened by the unchecked fires, eventually causing the loss of lateral support and cascading floor failures that brought down the entire structure.

It considered several hypothetical scenarios involving intentionally set explosives and rejected them all.

But the truthers point to contradictory evidence, some of which they say was never considered. That includes the apparent discovery in WTC dust of traces of the sophisticated explosive nanothermite.

What’s more, there are suspicions over why the building pancaked instead of toppling as one might expect, and that prior to 9/11 and since, no steel-frame highrise in the world — including ones that have been totally engulfed in flames — has ever been taken down by fire.

“Most people have trouble believing that fires could have brought Building 7 down that way,” said Walter.

David Long, founder and head of Ottawa’s non-profit 911 Justice Canada, said what happened that day led Canada into a costly war in Afghanistan. “There can be no greater act than an invasion of another country. It’s therefore absolutely important on the deepest level that this nation understand what happened on 9/11.

“The scientific evidence necessitates a reinvestigation of the matter. What scientists have proven is that the official story is false.”

Truthers believe debunking the official hypothesis on the WTC 7 collapse will cause the rest of the 9/11 official story to fall like a house of cards.

Yet how could such a massive conspiracy remain hidden for so long by the hundreds, if not thousands of people who would have been involved?

“I can’t answer that question,” said Walter. “We stick to the science and the science shows that the buildings were brought down by controlled demolition.”

— With files from Meghan Hurley

OC Transpo buses are displaying about 300 ads, such as the one above, with the words ‘ Did you know a 3rd tower fell on 9/11?’

OC Transpo buses are displaying about 300 ads, such as the one above, with the words ‘ Did you know a 3rd tower fell on 9/11?’


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