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9/11 truthers want public vote on further investigation

A group has collected enough signature for a ballot referendum in NYC. Would Alex Jones approve?


Elias Isquith
July 10, 2014 6:30PM (UTC)

It's been nearly 13 years since the towers fell, but this November, voters in New York City will finally get the chance to get to vote on whether they want to expend time, money and effort toward deducing who's really responsible for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

According to a report in the New York Post, an organization called the NYC Coalition for Accountability Now has amassed enough signatures — more than double the 30,000 required — to place a measure up for referendum this fall that would require the city's Buildings Department to investigate the collapse of 7 World Trade Center.

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Two previous reports have found the building to have fallen due to fires from the terrorist attack. For reasons unknown, however, the organizers behind NYC Coalition for Accountability Now believe that, if given a third opportunity, a government agency will uncover a grand and evil conspiracy perpetrated by ... the government?

“We are very concerned that a 47-story skyscraper that collapsed was not properly investigated,” said Ted Walter, the group’s director. Pushed by the Post to explain who, exactly, he believes was involved in the building's collapse, if not al-Qaida, Walter demurred. He did say, however, that he didn't believe the government was involved.

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The City Council will decide whether to add the issue to the ballot, assuming at least 30,000 signatures are declared legit.

But even if the council rejects the proposal by the Sept. 2 deadline, it could move forward if the group gets another 15,000 signatures by Sept. 4 — which 50 paid staffers are already out collecting in shifts.

The group’s Facebook page describes it as “a non-partisan organization comprised of 9/11 Family Members, First Responders, Survivors and concerned citizens committed to bringing about in [sic] independent, impartial investigation of the events surrounding September 11.”

Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have investigated 7 WTC and determined it was brought down by fire.

“We still stand 100 percent behind the findings of our investigation into the collapse of 7 World Trade Center,” NIST spokesperson Michael Newman told The Post.


Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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