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GUESTS THIS WEEK:
• RUSSELL FELT – Lawyer, Chemical Engineer – Researcher of 9-11
• CATHERINE STATZ, RN, BSN, MPH - Sister of 9-11 Victim and Nurse Manager in the UofM Department of Surgery
• LUCIE FERRELL - Healthcare worker at Ground Zero now suffering from chronic and debilitating diseases.
• RUBEN ROSARIO - Columnist, St. Paul Pioneer Press - Author of column on Lucie Ferrell
• MICHAEL ANDREGG, PhD - Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas; geneticist and peace researcher, founder of Ground Zero Minnesota
Like the Kennedy assassination, questions surrounding the events of 9-11 continue to haunt our consciousness. The word, conspiracy, has been batted around like a lead tennis ball. It pushes people to the edges of the conversation - one side firmly believing that, essentially conspiracies don't exist, let alone apply to these tragic events in which we all have sought simplistic answers based on what we've seen - in some cases, time and again– ad nauseam for many.
Now comes a series of examinations – and questions and accusations - by a fair number of scientists, architects, engineers, lawyers and pilots probing the 9-11 World Trade Center tower collapses as something beyond the power of two aircraft collisions with the two tall buildings, but especially the felling of a third, much shorter structure, Building Number 7. Other questions ask why what would have been expected damage and impressions of an aircraft collision with the wall of the Pentagon failed to materialize following the reported 4th aircraft's dive.
Many assert that we've been lied to from beginning to end, including several Twin Cities professionals and 9-11 family members. If that's the case, the next question would have to be: why in the world would the United States government, even that particular President (George W. Bush) - and/or Vice President (Dick Cheney) in power, dare to set up an event that would claim well over 3,000 lives in the collisions alone, and another 1,000 from the subsequent fallout - the toxic air left for responders - some 10,000 of them - to inhale?.
At least one of those 10,000, probably many more, live here in the Twin Cities area, and her condition is critical, as is the condition of the thousands of survivors - thus far - who found their leaders deaf and blind to all complains and claims that this was the place and the event that sickened them. Republicans in the Senate (and, perhaps earlier on in the House) refused to budge on a bill – the Zadroga 9-11 Victims Compensation Act – until the very last minute of this last Congress a few days ago which would have put their callous behavior permanently on the record. (Said to have revived his failing Presidency, the Zadroga vote allowed Mr. Obama and his Democratic colleagues to"bask in the glow" of their 11-hour victories.)
But the skeptics have been countered by various so-called “de-bunkers,” willing to spend a good deal of time questioning the questioners with their own claims of what “really happened” on that fateful Tuesday.
TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL talks with – and challenges – Monday’s guests as we explore the “truth” around 9-11 – and its fallout – a new enemy for Americans to attack: Islam – and our lurch into the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
We talk with Larry B. Leventhal, attorney to Tribes and Indian organizations for forty years. He discusses the recent Cobell Settlement approved by Congress, the Spirit Lake voting issue, and the Wolfchild suit to recognize that a trust exists for lineal descendants of the Loyal Mdewakanton.
Larry Leventhal is engaged in the private practice of law in the Twin Cities. He has represented Tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Oklahoma and other states in issues ranging from tribal government operations, gaming, business development, environmental issues, and litigation. He currently serves as legal counsel to several American Indian Tribes. Leventhal served a leading role during negotiations of Tribal/State Class III Gaming Compacts in North Dakota and Wisconsin.
Several years ago, Larry secured a verdict against the City of Minneapolis in favor of two American Indians who were thrown into the trunk of a police squad car and transported by city police. Among his more notable criminal cases, Leventhal was part of the defense team representing Dennis Banks and Russell Means on numerous charges arising out of the 1973 siege at Wounded Knee. After nine months of trial, the matter was dismissed because of government misconduct.
He served as project director in a federally-funded program of Indian Law seminars at colleges nationwide directed to educators of American Indian Students. He frequently speaks on Indian Law issues at legal education programs for attorneys.
TruthToTell Dec 20: OPEN ACCESS CONNECTIONS to the Homeless with Work and Housing – LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with organizers, agencies and participants in this extraordinary effort to make homelessness go away and allow self-sufficiency to take over through technology.