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Freedom of Speech demonstration slated for Sept. 11

By Natasha Clark

Reminder Assistant Editor

SPRINGFIELD On Sept. 11, the organization, Western Mass 9/11 Truth, will host a freedom of speech demonstration at the Federal Building, in Springfield.

In a release to local media, it said the organization is hosting the event in response to Sept. 11 investigation cover-ups and lies perpetrated by the Bush administration.

There are many grassroot organizations demanding an independent investigation be conducted into the happenings of Sept. 11. While the majority of the organizations seem to use the internet as an outlet to distribute their information,,,, and are just a few of the sites a lot of them have produced documentaries, pamphlets, and have begun to take their message to the masses through conferences, marches and documentary screenings.

Stephen Goodale is the founder of the local Western Mass 9/11 Truth. Activist and editor Jonathon Mark also works with Goodale in the organization.

Goodale said the object of the demonstration is for it to be an opportunity for people who have some knowledge about this to speak out, and other people who have an opinion about Sept. 11 to have their voices heard.

"The Sept. 11 crimes, I call them crimes not attacks because some of the evidence does not make it clear whether it was done by hijackers," Goodale said. "No one has been held accountable for the Sept. 11 crimes so far. The evidence indicated not only a cover-up with serious media complicity, but also the evidence pointed toward high level government complicity."

Goodale said he believes one of the core elements of a democracy is access to the truth. He said Americans get limited truth when it comes to issues the government is involved in.

"[Truth] is no longer available to the american people right now," he said. "The american people rely heavily on mainstream media. It's a strong monopoly. [There is] heavy government influence on the media right now."

"We really hope that people will pay attention to this issue and do whatever they can do to become well informed about it, to get both truth and justice on the Sept. 11 crimes," he added.

Goodale said getting to the truth is the most respectful thing society can do for the civilians who lost their lives on that day.

"I think the greatest service we can provide is to find out who the perpetrators are and bring them to justice. I think this is the most respectful thing we can do," he said.

The group has also planned a viewing of "Loose Change 2nd Edition" at First Church on Main Street in Northampton, at 7 p.m. that evening.

"Loose Change" is a documentary written and directed by Dylan Avery which presents an alternative explanation for the events on September 11, 2001. "Loose Change" alleges the government was responsible for the attacks. "Loose Change" held the top position as the most downloaded video available on Google earlier this year. The DVD will also be for sale at the event. "This is a totally non-violent speak out and we will have people there as peace keepers," Goodale said. "We have no intention of doing any civil disobedience, but that does mean we're opposed to it."

Western Mass 9/11 Truth's Freedom Speech Demonstration will take place on Sept. 11 at the Federal Building, 1550 Main Street at noon.