Sunday, March 09, 2008

How Should 9/11 Truth Activists Respond to Smear Campaign? SUE!

The Simon Weisenthal Center accused credible 9/11 truth organizations of being terrorists, or at least helping to radicalize people into becoming terrorists.

Fox News Commentator Geraldo Rivera reportedly stated that the New York Times Square bombing was carried out by 9/11 truthers.

How should 9/11 truth activists respond to these smear campaigns?


It is illegal to make false claims about people. It is called "defamation" ("slander" if it is a spoken lie; "libel" if it is a written lie). There are very clear defamation laws in the United States.

Given that 9/11 truth activists are thoughtful, peaceful people, it is defamation to call them terrorists. They are not terrorists. It is defamation to accuse them of being bombers. They are not bombers.

Instead of becoming intimidated or scared, I suggest we sue. Perhaps a class action lawsuit. A bunch of prominent 9/11 truth activists can get together and sue the Weisenthal Center and Fox News for defamation.

While truth is a defense to a defamation claim, it should be relatively simple to prove that 9/11 activists are not terrorists or violent people. Let the Weisenthal Center and Fox try to prove otherwise. Indeed, if we add a claim that Fox news has called 9/11 truth activists insane (which it has) then Fox would have to prove that we are crazy. That would open the door for the court to consider whether or not 9/11 was an inside job.

And because being called crazy, or a terrorist, or a bomber will obviously hurt the business reputation of the engineers, architects, scientists, legal scholars, security consultants, congress people and others who question the government's nonsensical version of 9/11, we can sue for defamation "per se", where the people bringing the suit would not even have to prove damage to their reputations.

Note: Consult an attorney before deciding whether or not to file a defamation suit. If you wish to bring a class action suit, consult a class action attorney. This essay is not intended to convey legal advice, there is no legal relationship between the author and reader, and the author does not know the specific factual situation of any of his readers.


Blogger ONeil said...

Fantastic idea! For those in Canada you can lodge a formal complaint with the Human Right Commission as well. This is hate speech. The latest outburst advocates violence against people for their political beliefs. Let's use legal tools to go after these criminals.

9:39 AM  
Blogger brisa said...

There have been a myriad of law suits brought in connection with the 911 atrocity. Many, in an attempt to force censored information and evidence into the public eye.

Unfortunately, the bulk of these cases have been assigned to the same judge in New York (Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein) and he has seen fit to block any attempt to get to a jury trial, coercing settlements.

The system is corrupted and the courts cannot be counted on to be fair and truthful.

11:06 AM  
Blogger stiv said...

Personally, I think people should get it other ways. Take a sharpie in to the restroom, people sit there a while. I see tagging all over my city. I read it. Just keep writing it, where people can see it. Most people don't read blogs. Just a thought. Be creative. Get it one the news without shouting at people, be smarter, market you product.

5:16 PM  

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