The Importance of the Toronto Hearings

Nearly ten years after the crimes of 9/11, memories of the event are becoming dim, and key witnesses are at risk of disappearing. For the sake of obtaining justice in some future venue, there is no reason why a safe, open, and transparent judicial process cannot be created now, ahead of a legally constituted new investigation. Dozens of witness accounts, expert testimonies, and documents (textual, audio, or video)—much of it now simply posted on the internet—could be sworn in and filed as part of such a formal judicial process. Such an approach provides a reasonable answer to the following crucial question: Why leave this evidence in the realm of “hearsay” when much of it could be converted to evidence for the prosecution of a crime?

Answering this question is the intent of several groups active now in Canada whose work we applaud: The International Hearings and Inquest on the Events of September 11, 2001, also known as the Toronto Hearings. Founded by Canadian and American citizens, these activists have constituted an internationally recognized and respected process that will serve the juridical purposes explained above, with the goal of lending it a credibility and integrity that can withstand any test of legitimacy.They are working with some of the best legal minds in the United States and Canada.

The work of the Toronto Hearings is, in effect, an International Inquest. (In law, an inquest is an inquiry into the cause of an unexplained death, sometimes held by a coroner, and in certain cases with a jury present.) Thus, the objectives of the Project are as follows:

1. To compile and safeguard available evidence pertaining to the events of 9/11;

2. To have this evidence filed in a globally publicized and transparent judicial process especially created for this purpose;

3. To have this judicial process review all available evidence, including presentations by witnesses and independent experts, as well as review the key findings of the 9/11 Commission Report and the NIST WTC reports;

4. To have three internationally respected judges, one American, one Canadian and one from a third country, pass judgment on the case. Alternatively, to have a respected international citizen panel perform this task.

The initiators of the International Hearings Project have opted for a location outside of the United States for this work, because of the global ramifications of the events of 9/11. The city of Toronto, Canada has been chosen as this ideal “international” location because of its proximity to New York, Washington and Shanksville (the key crime scenes).

Sponsored by the International Center for 9/11 Studies, the first four days of these hearings will take place at Toronto’s Ryerson University between September 8 and 11, 2011. During these proceedings, which will be broadcasted live via the Internet, various expert witnesses will present evidence into the case.

Further hearings to present evidence in the case are intended for the Fall of 2011. The initiators of the Hearings are actively fundraising to pursue the work of the International Inquest following the initial September hearings, with the ultimate goal of finding the truth pertaining to the events of 9/11 and triggering the corresponding international and national legal recourses.

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7 Responses to The Importance of the Toronto Hearings

  1. Chris says:

    Amazing! I’m so excited to see this kind of organization and effort to establish the truth. More and more people are waking up about 911 so please don’t give up!!! I hope this anniversary really makes some noise.
    Thanks for all your efforts!


  2. GeoRip says:

    Thanks Chris,

    Please do all you can to send interested people to our site. We are seeking 10,000 small donors to demonstrate the breadth of our support. We will keep the site updated with news as we go along.

    Aug 3rd is the day by which we have to file in Massachusetts and we are on track to do so, that’s in 3 days. We now need to get on with the fundraising. The individual who will run the signature gathering campaign in Mass needs $20,000 to get started, and we have two months, I think in October and November, to raise thousands of signatures.

    As with many legislatures throughout the only 24 states that even offer their citizens ballot initiative procedures, the legislature of Massachusetts has taken extra steps to make it more difficult for citizens to exercise the power of direct democracy. In Massachusetts the procedure requires early filing and then an early tranche of signature gathering. I forget how many signatures will be required from us this fall but it is a formidable goal, especially as we will just be starting out on this effort.

    Keep encouraging your friends to pitch in. Truth is on the march.

    George Ripley

  3. Britton says:

    I can’t wait for the truth to come without fear or ridicule. Thanks for all that you do!! Lets make this anniversary a happy one and not so somber this time :)

  4. Brian Short says:

    The point that this truth is not allowed to come out or accepted by any of the powers that be, is a serious comment on our society. 9-11 was an inside job perpetrated by the heads of the specific corporations that were the President of the United States at the time – the ones associated with the Cheney and Bush families and with the help and guidance of their partners, the Saudi’s. And I find it important to note that these people were not specifically evil…they just did what any corporation is supposed to do with that type of opportunity. It’s the American/capitalist way to do exactly that.

    The real problem with all of this is the willingness of the Western world to just believe what they are told even when they can see something is wrong. Very few people seem to question anything anymore. This specific point was brought home very clearly to me when Hurricane Katrina happened. The government did nothing to help all those citizens in dire need and the rest of everybody seemed to accept it as normal. How could this go on with nobody doing anything? The Bush government was (and still is) very good at saying one thing and doing something completely different and having everybody believe just what they say.

    There are of course many examples of this from the 9-11 situation. How did Building 7 fall down for example. It was obviously set up to go down because they thought the towers were going to fall on it and crush it completely. Instead the towers fell in 12 seconds into their own footprints and Building 7 was only damaged. But it still fell. And hardly anybody I’ve ever spoken to wants to answer that question. Very sad commentary on the way we live. Basic greed and a willingness to be dumbed down are the norm for everyone these days. The documentary, “Zeitgeist – Moving Forward” talks about this quite well, if you wish. The whole thing is available to watch on YouTube.

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