“Science is a state of mind: questioning, open, balanced, respectful of evidence, and on the alert for bias.” (From the 9/11 Consensus Panel website)
In a recent announcement (October, 2011), a newly-formed organization and website, the 9/11 Consensus Panel, unveiled 13 points on which Panel Members have achieved strong consensus. These points, the first group in a projected series, are aimed at providing the world with
a clear statement, by way of expert independent opinion, of the best evidence opposing the official, government narrative about the events of 9/11.
In reaching strong consensus on each of the thirteen points, the Panel used a simplified
Delphi method over a six month period. As employed in
medicine and other applied sciences, the Delphi technique uses a series of surveys in which the expert participants are blind to each other.
The Delphi technique seeks to avoid the disadvantages found with decision-making in groups or committees, which are often dominated by a single individual or by coalitions that represent different, competing points of view.
The Consensus Points are supported by documented references, witness testimonies, oral histories, early newspaper and television reports, and scholarly books and articles. A professional video-clip accompanies each Point. The controlled manner of the survey by Panel Members is designed to mitigate contention and encourage the news media to report fairly on both sides of an issue.
On its website, the 9/11 Consensus Panel points out the “important distinction . . . between circumstantial evidence and direct evidence, or evidence that suggests truth as opposed to evidence that directly proves truth.” According to the Panel, “best evidence” regarding the events of 9/11
rests on the following:
- “The opinions of respected authorities, based on professional experience, descriptive studies, and reports of expert committees
- Physical data in the form of photographs, videotapes, court testimony, witness reports, and FOIA releases
- Direct rather than circumstantial evidence.”
As an example, Point 1 cited by the Panel deals with the purported role of Osama bin Laden in 9/11. The official account holds bin Laden responsible for the 9/11 attacks. But the “best evidence,” which for this point achieved a consensus rating of 95%, shows that:
- “The FBI did not list 9/11 as one of the terrorist acts for which Osama bin Laden is wanted.
- When asked why, Rex Tomb, when he was the head of investigative publicity for the FBI, stated that the FBI had no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.
- Also, although Secretary of State Colin Powell, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and the 9/11 Commission promised to provide evidence of Bin Laden’s responsibility for the 9/11 attacks, they also failed.”
Other points cited by the Panel deal with evidence associated with the World Trade Center buildings and with circumstances surrounding the plane flights on 9/11.
As of this writing, the Consensus Panel consists of three administrators – Dr. David Ray Griffin and Elizabeth Woodworth, co-founders, and attorney William Veale – together with 21 other Panel members. These include well-known 9/11 researchers and activists such as Robert Bowman, David Chandler, Giulietto Chiesa, Dwain Deets, Niels Harrit, Steven Jones, Graeme MacQueen, Daniel Sunjata, Paul Zarembka, and Barrie Zwicker. William Veale is also a voting Panel member, making 22 voting members in all.
The following video shows an interview of Elizabeth Woodworth by Face to Face on the subject of the 9/11 Consensus Panel.
Update May, 2012: Three Members Depart from the Consensus Panel
As announced in an April 28 Consensus Panel news item, Dr. Paul Zarembka, economist at the State University of New York in Buffalo; Canadian author and journalist Barrie Zwicker, an active senior participant in the Canadian 9/11 community; and former U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot Shelton Lankford have departed as members of the Consensus Panel. All three are well known as strong supporters of the Citizen Investigation Team (CIT) theory that on 9/11 a large plane flew over or away from the Pentagon rather than hitting it.
Update June 7, 2012: Expert Panel Reports False Accounts of U.S. Political and Military Leaders on 9/11
In a Press Release dated June 5, 2012, the Consensus Panel announced new findings related to false accounts by U.S. political and military leaders on 9/11. New evidence shows that the September 11th activities of former President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld were falsely reported by official sources. Further questions were raised by massive national war games that also occurred on 9/11.
The 20-member 9/11 Consensus Panel analyzed evidence from press reports, FOIA requests, and archived 9/11 Commission file documents to produce eight new studies, released today.