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An open letter to Amy Goodman
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May 6, 2004

Dear Amy,

I have been a peace and justice activist for over 20 years, and I listen to Democracy Now every weekday. Your show is a mainstay for the movement. Thank you for informing and inspiring so many of us.

A little about me: I was a homeless rights activist with Food Not Bombs in the SF Bay Area for many years. I was arrested with Michael Parenti and 279 others in SF during the 1996 torchlight march in support of Mumia Abu Jamal. I helped organize the 1998 conference, "Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex" in Berkeley. I have written for Z Magazine (you referenced one of my articles on your show concerning immigrant rights and the Sierra Club), and I participated in the WTO protests here in Seattle, as well as in many other civil disobedience actions. I was also a friend of Judi Bari’s.

I mention this about myself in the hopes of establishing a basic level of openness and trust so you will take seriously what I have to say next.

I am currently the co-director and webmaster for the 9/11 Visibility Project, an organization supporting the 9/11 families. As you are aware, we have launched a grassroots campaign requesting that you have author and theologian David Ray Griffin on your show to discuss his book, “The New Pearl Harbor,” which details evidence for US government complicity in 9/11.

Exposing the 9/11 cover-up is the most important thing we can do to stop this Administration and their global agenda of war and empire, and many of us on the left who have been your most avid supporters are utterly bewildered that you have not done so. The non-corporate, independent media has a moral responsibility to at least ask the difficult questions -- for the sake of our fragile democracy, as well as the victims of US imperialism around the world.

Most of your 9/11 guests have simply repeated the official story that 9/11 resulted merely from “intelligence failures.” None has even implied possible complicity on the part of the Bush Administration, CIA or Pentagon. Last week you even had on your show “CIA analyst” Mel Goodman, who offended all the 9/11 family members when he said, “We don’t need to investigate what happened on 9/11. We already know what happened.”

Even the National Green Party in a recent press release has come out in support of the 9/11 families and called for a new investigation into 9/11 that focuses on the evidence for US government complicity – like, for example, why NORAD violated standard operating procedures and did not launch jets to intercept the hijacked planes until it was too late. The 9/11 families have been screaming for an answer to this question for almost three years, and not once has Democracy Now addressed this issue. Why?

And why has Ellen Mariani not yet appeared on Democracy Now? She’s the 9/11 widow from New Hampshire who is suing the Bush Administration under the RICO Act for allowing 9/11 to happen as a pretext for the war on terror. Her case has been recently nominated for the award of “most-censored news story” of the year. And there are many other people, like Howard Zinn (who has endorsed Dr. Griffin’s book) who you could have on your show to talk about this essential issue.

Please, Amy, the consequences of remaining silent are too great (as history has taught us). These are pivotal times. Our country and the world are in great peril. We need you. The world needs you. Please expose the 9/11 cover-up and have Dr. Griffin on your show.

Om Shanti,

Emanuel Sferios

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