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The Little Newspaper that Could - DRAFT

WestView News Leads With Journalistic Integrity

Written by 9/11 TAP Staff

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In most 9/11 circles, the thought that any part of the mainstream media could allow a thoughtful discussion about the events of September 11 is viewed as an antiquated ideal – foreclosed by the media consolidation that the deep state found necessary after the "uncontrolled" media brought the pointless carnage of the Vietnam War into America’s living rooms – and tuned America against that war.

However, local newspapers have more flexibility in their ability to report on controversial topics – although community standards and prevailing sentiments may limit the depth of the stories they report on and the positions that they take on the topic. A good example of additional flexibility is a community newspaper in lower Manhattan called Westview News. This “little newspaper that could” has been following the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry’s presentation of their petition since last April.

Following the presentation the petition, the editor of the WestView News hosted attorney Mick Harrison, Julio Gomez, Dave Meiswinkle, and a dozen others supporters at the home and office of the publication. The WestView News home office is frequently a “salon” for people of social or intellectual distinction who discuss matters of the day.

George Capsis, Editor of the Westfield News

Earlier in his career George Capsis, editor of the Westfield News, had been a partner in Robinson, Capsis, Stern which built seven buildings for the 1964 New York World Fair – one of which was the Port Authority building. As part of that project, he visited the offices of Minoru Yamasaki & Associates, the architectural firm that had been awarded the contract for designing the World Trade Center complex. During that visit he had the opportunity to view a model of the Twin Towers and participate in an overview given by Yamasaki. Based on his recollection of the building design he was unwavering in his acceptance of the official story and the purported mechanism of destruction. As George recalled:

I told [the salon audience] how Yamasaki had told us that the steel outer walls held up a massive concrete floor. So, when the planes hit, the flames from the burning fuel heated the outer structural skin allowing the concrete floors to drop in on themselves causing a puff of debris to shoot out as if it were an explosion—and ah, there you have the gimmick of the conspiracy theory—those puffs of concrete dust looked like explosions—so they are explosions. So, who put those thermite bombs there? They were obviously triggered by an electronic signal, right?

Additionally, he was of the opinion that Osama Bin Laden’s Al Queda network groomed a handful of Muslims seeking martyrdom who then hijacked four passenger planes and flew two of them into the towers. The ensuing destruction resulted in a fire-induced gravity-only collapse as a result of the structural trauma and weakening of the steel in the impact area.

But when the discussion turned to the World Trade Center Building 7, he said:

My thoughts were that Building 7 sure looked like a controlled demolition but the planes could have and did destroy the towers, and yes, this should be opened up to see if explosives were planted in the buildings.

After a three hour salon with the lawyers and others making the case why the evidence for controlled demolition occurred in WTC 1, 2, and 7, George remained unconvinced. However, being a journalist in the finest tradition, he invited the lawyers to submit an article and he said the WestView News would publish it.

Attorney Julio Gomez, a member of the Lawyers’ Committee, did write an article which was supposed to be published in the May edition. However, members of the staff rose up in protest against publishing the article, saying the paper's audience would react negatively causing the paper's reputation to suffer.

This internal criticism from the newspaper’s staff was countered by the relentless efforts of George's colleague, Dusty Berke, who approached the article as a newsworthy item that was supported, at a minimum, by a significant collection of physical and forensic evidence. Finally, George agreed to review additional documentation.  At a minimum,  he was convinced that on the destruction of the World Trade Center Building 7 was unlikely to have been caused by fire.  Therefore, something entirely different must have occurred. Another meeting took place at the paper's offices and Julio appeared again to make the case.

Publishing the Articles

Eventually, George did publish the article, but with an extensive disclaimer about Dusty’s relentless role in advocating for newsworthiness of the Lawyer’s Committee’s petition.

Here is George's disclaimer article:

Does a Conspiracy Theory Hide a Conspiracy?

By George Capsis

Dusty won’t even look at the headlines of the Times let alone read it. She scans the alternate media on her iPhone while occasionally glancing up at the CBS six o’clock news. So, it is not too surprising that she is deeply submerged in a theory that it was more than a handful of Muslims seeking martyrdom, in two hijacked passenger planes, that brought down all those buildings on 9/11. No, it was much bigger than that—it was a conspiracy.

[Read more]

Here is the Lawyers’ Committee article:

Grand Jury Should Investigate World Trade Center Explosions On 9/11

By Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry

According to its report, the 9/11 Commission had a “sweeping” mandate to investigate the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It was supposed to provide the fullest possible account of the events surrounding 9/11, and to identify lessons learned. But no matter how noble its purpose, the Commission was “set up to fail,” according to Commission Co-Chairs Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton. The Commission was woefully under-funded, working under an unreasonable deadline, denied access to sensitive information, and faced continuous opposition and resistance from the very agencies whose cooperation was needed most.

In their book, Without Precedent, Kean and Hamilton wrote, “Fog of war could explain why some people were confused on the day of 9/11, but it could not explain why all of the after-action reports, accident investigations, and public testimony by FAA and NORAD [North American Aerospace Defense Command] officials advanced an account of 9/11 that was untrue.” In the end, the 9/11 Commission Report failed to address many of the public’s questions about that day.

[Read More ]

In the August edition of the WestView News, an article promoting an educational opportunity for the community was the focus of the next newsworthy event related to the petition.

9/11 Lawyers’ WTC Evidence Can’t Be Ignored

By Dusty Berke

[...] We’ve received a tremendous positive response from our readers thanking WestView for publishing the Lawyers’ Committee’s Op-ed and asking how you can learn more about what really happened in our City on 9/11.

In response, Richard Gage, A.I.A., president and founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (A&E), has offered to show their documentary film “9/11: Explosive Evidence—Experts Speak Out” at a screening event here in NYC and answer any questions our readers might have.

The Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry has also invited our readers to visit to read the Grand Jury Petition and see the 57 evidentiary exhibits that include expert testimony from architects, engineers and physicists, and eyewitness testimony from firefighters, law enforcement officers, other first responders, and residents.

[Read More]

The most recent article related to the petition was published in December following a reply by the office of United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York saying that they will comply with the law.

Who Else Did 9/11?

By Mark Channing Miller

[…] The office of United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York said in a letter that it had reviewed the Committee’s petitions submitted by the Lawyers’ Committee on 9/11 Inquiry on April 10 and July 30 and would comply with the provisions of United States Code 18, Section 3332, as they relate to the petitions.

The Nov. 7 letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, two sentences long, was signed by Michael Farrara, one of two chiefs of the D.A.’s Office’s Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit on behalf of the unit and of United States Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman. It was addressed to Attorney Mick G. Harrison, who was identified in it as the Committee’s executive director.

The letter does not say what specific actions the U.S. Attorney’s Office would take to comply with the cited federal law.

Lawyers’ Committee asserts that the law “is clear as to what these steps must be. This law states: ‘[a]ny such [United States] attorney receiving information concerning such an alleged offense from any other person shall, if requested by such other person, inform the [Special] grand jury of such alleged offense, the identity of such other person, and such attorney’s action or recommendation.’ This law also states that ‘(a) It shall be the duty of each such [special] grand jury impaneled within any judicial district to inquire into the offenses against the criminal laws of the United States alleged to have been committed in that district.’”

 [Read More

Support the “Little Newspaper That Could”

The journalistic integrity, exhibited by the WestView News editorial staff stands in stark contrast compared to other media outlets that appears to be rooted in the "polite establishment culture" view where the exposure of the real crimes of 9/11 as a threat. As journalists, they would rather live with the unquestioned lie than deal with the emotional upset of the depth of deception which hid the crimes of 9/11 from the American people and the world.  As we contrast the courage of the editors and staff of the WestView News versus the timidity in virtually every other mainstream news outlets, we recognize the importance of WestView News’ journalistic stance.  Their demonstration of integrity makes them a model for other local “mainstream” newspapers to follow.

It is terrific that the Westview News is at the forefront in the media by reporting on the petition and the evidences it contains. As with most newspapers, short articles or letters to the editors can be submitted and those providing supporting details regarding the evidence of demolitions, including witness testimonies, would contribute to the discussion.

The importance of additional submissions and article repostings support the exercise of journalistic inquiry as well as demonstrating that the public deserves a "full spectrum" investigation – which would finally include the existence of all facts, testimonies, and science which qualify as admissible evidence.

One way to be supportive of their effort would be to post links to the WestView News and the above articles (use of the social media button on the WestView News article pages to share is the best way to show support). Another way is to submit comments to the articles that are supportive, on-topic and emphasize the newsworthiness of reporting on the progress of the petition and the issues that it raises.

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