Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan: “I am A 9/11 Truther”
Anti-war campaigner goes on record with assertion that attacks were an inside job
Tuesday, Sept 14th, 2010
Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist who lost her son to the ongoing war in Iraq, delivered an impassioned and emotional speech during which she specifically addressed concerns over the 9/11 attacks and stated that she believes they were orchestrated by elements of the U.S. government for political gain.
Sheehan was speaking at the All Souls Church on the upper East Side of Manhattan, on the eve of the ninth anniversary of 9/11.
Addressing a large crowd, Sheehan announced “I am a 9/11 truther.”
Following thunderous and sustained applause she continued, “I do think it was an inside job. We just don’t know – I don’t know – how far inside it went. But, you know, I’m sure Dick Cheney had something to do with it.”
Sheehan’s son Casey was killed in battle in 2004. Since that time Cindy has worked tirelessly to campaign for an end to the US led wars.
Perhaps most prominently, Sheehan camped close to George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford Texas in 2005, attracting much media attention when the president failed to address one question from the grieving mother.
Sheehan also spoke of the need to look beyond the left/right political paradigm, noting that “So many people have sold their souls to this empire. Whether it’s someone from the Republicans or the Democrats, or the military industrial complex – it’s all the same.”
“They all have the same goals, they all get paid by the same people, and I like to call the Democrats and the Republicans The War Party.” She continued.
“Since Obama has been president, everything that he and his justice department did was to protect the criminals of the Bush regime. They protect each other because they all want to do the same thing, they all want to have the same power.” Sheehan implored.
She also spoke of the loss of domestic civil liberties and the systematic erosion of the Bill of Rights in the wake of 9/11 and the endless “war on terror”.
“Just because I’m traveling doesn’t give you the right to take away my Bill of Rights.” Sheehan urged, as she spoke of her experiences of flying to and from events around the country. “Every time they ask me to go through one of the body scanners I say no, do what you have to do but I am not going through that.”
She asked those in attendance to give some regard on the anniversary of 9/11 to the plight of the Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani people, noting “I havn’t heard anybody speak for these people… We’re the occupiers – it’s up to us to do something about it”.
Sheehan has previously voiced support for the 9/11 Truth movement, noting on the Alex Jones show in 2007 that the collapse of the twin towers looked like a controlled demolition and that there should be a new investigation into the terrorist attacks.
Sheehan questioned why U.S. air defenses were distracted by drills and exercises scheduled for the morning of 9/11 and why standard operating procedure for intercepting errant aircraft was not followed for the first and only time in history.
“When you lose control of an airplane, you intercept it with a military jet and that should only take seconds – from what I understand it’s not even an order to do that it’s mandatory,” said Sheehan at the time.