After watching one of the many DVDs exposing the myth of
9/11 and attending 9/11 truth conferences in Los Angeles and Chicago, Joe
Hawkins made a life-altering decision. He gave up his lucrative practice as a
chiropractor to launch a full-time crusade to enlighten his entire Midwestern
In short order, he started his own radio program, hosted
three well-attended events, coaxed semi-respectful local media coverage, and
went around town sliding copies of Loose
Change under professors� doors and sticking them in car windshields. Now he
leads workshops sharing activism strategies he hopes will take hold throughout
Canada, that is.
This inspiring model of urging your neighbors to awaken to
what really happened on 9/11 emerged not from Minneapolis or Ann Arbor but from
Winnipeg, Manitoba. And Joe Hawkins hopes to light the torch in Montreal,
Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, and Thunder Bay, although if anyone south of
the border wants to catch the spark, that�s fine with him.
I heard Hawkins speak at the recent Vancouver 9/11 Truth
Conference, which drew some 450 attendees only weeks after David Ray Griffin
had attracted an even larger crowd in Vancouver. More than half the presenters
were Canadians, including Toronto journalist and media critic Barrie Zwicker,
author of Towers of Deception and
producer/host of the TV-style DVD The
Great Conspiracy: The 9/11 News Special You Never Saw. Zwicker�s
passionate, thoughtful, and articulate interviews and commentaries have led
many to call him the Bill Moyers of Canada. Can you imagine the impact on the
9/11 truth movement if Bill Moyers ever started seriously questioning the lies
But the message from the conference lectern and the streets
of Canada is not to wait for high-profile names�and certainly not the corporate media�to
pave the way toward a new an open and honest investigation of 9/11. Thanks to
the rapidly spreading DVDs and books, and the ever-growing number of websites
featuring scholars, scientists, independent journalists, pilots and dozens of
other groups and individuals sharing new evidence, the grassroots movement has
seen a legitimate surge. And the example of Joe Hawkins reminds us that the
spirit of 9/11 truth will continue to rise when more of those who believe 9/11 was an inside job take the
courageous step to start talking about it.
For some, that remains an intimidating prospect when even
many �left-leaning� members of our communities remain under the spell of the
brainwashing media. Even when confronted with the overwhelming evidence that
blows the 9/11 lie to pieces, they scoff or sneer as they say, �That�s for
conspiracy buffs, and I�m not one of them.�
Zwicker recommends that the next time someone calls you a conspiracy theorist
or one of the nastier offshoots, you say, �Stop right there.� Then you remind
them that, as documented in Senate hearings in the �70s, those dismissive terms
emerged from a CIA Psychological Warfare operation in 1967 as a directed
strategy for the media to squelch the early truth movement of the JFK
assassination. Of course, you might also remind your rebutter that 9/11 was a conspiracy.
Dismissive labels, though, are tame versions of what we�d
expect if we dared to go door-to-door or windshield-to-windshield with 9/11
truth DVDs. People in Canada are generally considered kind, respectful, and
more inclined toward dialogue than insulting confrontation when met with
differences, while we live in the Age of Limbaugh. Even approaching local media
about something as innocent as a public library meeting to discuss questions
about the 9/11 Commission Report can seem an open invitation for ridicule,
despite recent polls that show more than half the people in our country don�t
believe we�ve been told the full truth.
That�s why it�s encouraging to know our friends up north
have our backs. They care about what�s happened in our country because of 9/11,
in large part because it�s happening more and more to Canada too. Prime
Minister Stephen Harper, who once called the Kyoto accord a �socialist scheme,�
is widely regarded as a Tony Blair-like Bush poodle. Canadian troops remain in
Afghanistan despite large-scale resistance, and Canada recently installed its
own no-fly list, which blocked one Vancouver conference presenter from
traveling to the event.
�It�s like the elephant in bed with the mouse�every
time the elephant moves, the mouse has to get out of the way,� said Ian Woods,
publisher of Global Outlook, a
Canadian magazine devoted to 9/11 truth. He was paraphrasing a line former
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau once used in describing the Canada-U.S.
relationship. �We here in Canada are seeing our country move in lockstep with
the rising fascist state in the U.S. But if we show the official story of 9/11
is a big lie, we can derail the neocon agenda,� said Woods.
In 2004, Woods and Zwicker organized one of the earliest
9/11 truth conferences, opening the door for dozens more since then. �We
thought we could nail it then and there�get a real investigation going. We had enough evidence,�
he recalled. �Then a few months later the official report came out.�
So, along with like-minded Americans and doubters from all
corners of the world, Canadian 9/11 truthers dug in for the long haul. �If we
here in Canada put our shoulder to the wheel, we can help make a real
difference,� said Woods. �This is the most important populist revolution in the
Hawkins, whose presentation included reading the names of Canadians
killed on 9/11, admits that he had doubts about the �official� version early on
but didn�t do much about it. Work, bills, and the other stuff of life got in
the way. But something kept stirring.
�You reach this reality inside and that becomes the point of
no return,� he explained. �Then you work overtime to do what you can.�
For some Canadians, the lies of 9/11 and the changed climate
of American life hit closer to home. Will Thomas, author of All Fall Down and the recently released Days of Deception: Ground Zero and Beyond,
was an American until that day in 1970 when he was visiting his family just
before heading to Vietnam as a Navy pilot.
�As I was driving into the driveway, I had a vision: the
plane I was flying was dropping napalm bombs that were landing on my family�s
house,� Thomas recalled. �It was an epiphany.�
He soon packed up and headed for Canada, and he�s lived
there ever since. When he told the Vancouver gathering �this outpouring of
compassion and concern is most heartening,� he was speaking as someone whose
heart beats in both countries.
To Thomas, those seeking the truth about 9/11 in Canada, the
U.S., and everywhere else are answering a spiritual wake-up call. Others are
emphasizing more pragmatic steps. The Vancouver 9/11 Truth Conference closed
with international lawyer Alfred Webre�s call for an International Citizen�s
9/11 War Crimes Tribunal.
So we all do what we can. On the long trip back over the
border, I decided on one action I will take. I have begun gathering material
for a 9/11 truth book that will chronicle dozens of personal accounts of
ordinary people inside and outside the U.S. I invite anyone who would like to
participate to share their responses to these two questions: How and when did
you first begin questioning what we were told about 9/11 and seeking the truth
of what really happened? How has your involvement in 9/11 truth impacted your
By openly sharing our own experiences, we can encourage
those who may be just beginning to question (even if secretly) the Bush-Cheney
version to keep asking questions, to look at the evidence, to think. Together,
we can help move our global community toward justice and healing.
Kevin Quirk, a former journalist, is an author, editor, and personal
historian with A Writer�s Eye. To share your responses to his questions about
your personal 9/11 truth involvement, you may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.