Friday, September 21, 2007

How we broke the Kennebunkport Hoax Story

Posted at Daily Kos here:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/9/21/143911/917


by Jenny Sparks

Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 01:28:52 PM PDT

After seeing the response to cberlet's extraordinary piece here:

http://www.dailykos.com/...

It ocured to me that Dkos readers might want to know more about the behind the scenes action of this hoax exposure.

This is a brief acccount of how a group of activists at TruthAction.org exposed an attempt to drive a wedge between the Peace movement and the Truth movement. For a more detailed account, go to Arabesque's blog:

http://arabesque911.blogspot.com/...


It started at the crack of dawn, Monday August 27th, 2007 when Webster Tarpley, a much respected researcher emailed the moderators of 911Blogger with this text document:

THE KENNEBUNKPORT WARNING

To the American people, and to peace loving individuals everywhere:

Massive evidence has come to our attention which shows that the backers, controllers, and allies of Vice President Dick Cheney are determined to orchestrate and manufacture a new 9/11 terror incident, and/or a new Gulf of Tonkin war provocation over the coming weeks and months. Such events would be used by the Bush administration as a pretext for launching an aggressive war against Iran, quite possibly with nuclear weapons, and for imposing a regime of martial law here in the United States. We call on the House of Representatives to proceed immediately to the impeachment of Cheney, as an urgent measure for avoiding a wider and more catastrophic war. Once impeachment has begun, it will be easier for loyal and patriotic military officers to refuse illegal orders coming from the Cheney faction. We solemnly warn the people of the world that any terrorist attack with weapons of mass destruction taking place inside the United States or elsewhere in the immediate future must be considered the prima facie responsibility of the Cheney faction. We urge responsible political leaders everywhere to begin at once to inoculate the public opinion of their countries against such a threatened false flag terror operation.

(Signed) A Group of US Opposition Political Leaders Gathered in Protest at the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, August 24-25, 2007

CYNTHIA MCKINNEY, FORMER U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN, GEORGIA

CINDY SHEEHAN, CANDIDATE FOR U.S. CONGRESS, CALIFORNIA*

ANN WRIGHT, COLONEL US ARMY RESERVE, FORMER US DIPLOMAT*

JAMILLA EL-SHAFEI, ORGANIZER OF KENNEBUNKPORT PEACE DEMONSTRATION , KENNEBUNK PEACE DEPARTMENT*

DAHLIA WASFI, M.D. WWW.LIBERATETHIS.COM*

GEORGE PAZ MARTIN

JOHN KAMINSKI, MAINE LAWYER, IMPEACHMENT ADVOCATE **

WEBSTER G. TARPLEY, AUTHOR, 'UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF GEORGE H.W. BUSH' & '9/11 SYNTHETIC TERROR: MADE IN THE USA'

CRAIG HILL, GREEN PARTY OF VERMONT, CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE

BRUCE MARSHALL, ORGANIZER OF PHILADELPHIA EMERGENCY ANTIWAR CONVENTION, PHILADELPHIA PLATFORM, WWW.ACTINDEPENDENT.ORG, GREEN PARTY OF VERMONT

This can be seen at:

http://www.911blogger.com/...

This certainly sounded alarming. Many of us know this administration, by it's appalling deceptions to justify the invasion of Iraq, is certainly not above manufacturing further consent to invade Iran, or any other nation that might be ripe for a profit motivated war. Anxiety is high, but, even so, some demand to know what is all this "massive evidence"? Evidence that is, presumably, above and beyond what we already know?

The next day, Tuesday, August 28th, Webster Tarpley emails the following:

Several readers of the Kennebunkport Warning have requested documentation on the evidence referred to in that document. I am enclosing my July 21, 2007 summary entitled "Cheney Determined to Strike in US with WMD this Summer," plus a portfolio of selected news stories covering July and August of 2007. (both items attached below) I have also included an early description of the Cheney doctrine by Philip Giraldi from August, 2005. This evidence could be supplemented, but it is already conclusive.

It would be foolhardy in the extreme for serious antiwar activists to ignore the grave danger of an upcoming attack on Iran, predicated on a new 9/11 and/or a new Gulf of Tonkin. I send this out in the hopes that it will promote a a vigorous open debate on these matters as we approach the sixth anniversary of 9/11.

A well-known Democratic member of the House of Representatives has repeatedly told individual supporters that the top leadership of the Democratic Party has explicitly approved an attack on Iran. Mrs. Clinton is openly offering herself as the politician best qualified to take over in the wake of such an event. It is therefore the task of genuine antiwar activists, together with institutional forces within the government and the military, plus certain international factions, to ward off this looming catastrophe.

Webster G. Tarpley
Washington DC

This can be viewed, along with attachments, at:
http://www.911blogger.com/...

This seems promising. But then it's found out that one of the items in the attachments is dated from 2005!

http://www.911blogger.com/...

Hardly a basis for "massive evidence" of anything imminent. Our doubts grow.

Then, on Wednesday morning, August 29th, we finally get a scanned copy of this alledged warning with signatures seen here:

http://www.911blogger.com/...

It is at this point that Jones Jones is almost certain this document is a hoax and explains why at TruthAction.org:

http://truthaction.org/...

That was the watershed. Together we worked, emailing signatories, researching documents and making calls, to get to the bottom of this. Several problems were apparent, the most disturbing being that Cynthia McKinney's signature was not among the signatures as stated in the text document. Nor were the signatures of Craig Hill or Webster Tarpley. The last is an odd omission, considering it was Mr. Tarpley himself who was so keen to share this document. But the biggest testimony that confirmed the dubious nature of these events came from Dahli Wasfi herself when she issued this joint statement:

"Each of us were approached during the rally at the Kennebunkport event on August 25, 2007, to sign a statement calling for the immediate impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney. Since then, the statement has been altered and posted on the internet, making it appear as if we have evidence that this administration will carry out a "false-flag terror operation."
None of us have such evidence, and therefore, none of us signed a statement stating that we do. We wish the authors of the document well in continuing much needed investigations of all aspects of 9/11.

Signed:
Jamilla El-Shafei
Cindy Sheehan
Dahlia Wasfi
Ann Wright"

This confirmed our suspicions and made us wonder what happened to what they did sign. Unfortunately, that was when the attacks started, by none other than Tarpley himself, amply assisted by Brush Marshall and Craig Hill.

First the attacks were directed at the Peace Activists:

By Webster Tarpley:

"Some of the signers, under the obvious threats of totalitarian forces, are lying in appalling fashion about what they signed and if they signed. You can see for yourself from the facsimile who signed. We need to move beyond these wretched individuals.

http://www.911blogger.com/...

by Craig Hill:

"The hoax lies in the lies of the signers, as you will see. "

http://truthaction.org/...

and a low key chiding by Bruce Marshall:

"For your information, I am the one who obtained the signatures and
other forms of support. Everyone read the document as adults and chose to
sign it. Some did not such as Debra Sweet from "World Can't Wait". There
were no tricks, no forgeries, just one person who became scared and
infected others. This is unfortunate.

My colleagues and I have been slandered, but that is not the issue, the
issue is saving this planet and our nation from a grave disaster in
the making. Digital photos of the documents will be online soon. "

http://truthaction.org/...

The Truth community was appalled. Did Webster Tarpley just call Cindy Sheehan a liar? Isn't that supposed to be Karl Rove's job?

The denouncement of Tarpley and his cohorts unacceptable behavior is swift throughout comments on various sites( easily seen for those who bother to look) culminating in this blog by art V:

TARPLY ARE YOU SERIOUS?

http://www.911blogger.com/...

The consensus is Tarpley needs to publicly apologize to Dahlia, Cindy, Jamilla, and Ann, in addition to explaining his actions.

But neither he, nor Bruce Marshall, nor Craig Hill apologize. Instead, they start attacking those who exposed the hoax:

Tarpley calls all here disinfo

http://truthaction.org/...

We are stunned. But then more research reveals what some have known all along: all those pushing the hoax and making the attacks have connections to Lyndon Larouche:

Who is Lyndon H. LaRouche?

http://truthaction.org/...

This can hardly be a coincidence but it's exact meaning has yet to be determined. Our research is ongoing.

Suffice it to say, Webster Tarpley has burned his bridge with the Truth movement. Until such a future time that he apologizes in public and in full for his shabby treatment of brave anti-war activists like Cindy Sheehan and Dahlia Wasfi, he has no place among us. We will not tolerate this behavior from those who claim to be part of the Truth Movement.

I will end with the kind words Dahli Wasfi sent me in an email after I sent a joint apology on behalf of the Truth Movement:

From: info@liberateXXXX
To: col_jennysparks@XXXX
Subject: RE: Our apologies from the 9/11 Truth Movement
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2007 17:01:47 -0400

Dear Col. Sparks--
I thank you for your efforts to find the truth. I've checked the
internet on the "Warning" from time to time and found your honest posts
there; so I'm grateful for your efforts to get information from the
"wretched liars'" mouth, if you will. :)

I've watched several documentaries on 9/11, and I support the honorable
efforts of the 9/11 truth movement. I believe our work is synergistic
in the struggle for justice.

In solidarity,
Dahlia

In solidarity indeed.

Thank you, Dahlia and all Peace activists who share with the Truth Movement the goal of ending wars--forever.