Why Do Some People Who Claim to Want to Help First Responders Endorse Screwing Them Over?

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Here is Jon Gold yet again pretending to be the first responders' best friend.  This is of course the same Jon Gold who "isn't sure" if the twin towers were demolished with explosives.  Now, given that the whole reason the first responders are sick and dying is that they inhaled extremely toxic dust that would not have been produced had it not been for the use of explosives in demolishing the twin towers, you really have to wonder what kind of friend Jon Gold really is to these heroes.  It's one thing to talk the talk and support legislation you haven't read and don't understand--it's something totally different to actually achieve justice for those whose lives have been shortened by the criminal act of demolishing the twin towers with explosives.  The new bill Gold is pimping now is essentially tacking on the "clean up" to the existing provisions in the Aviation and Transportation Security Act that first shielded the airlines AND anyone connected to the WTC property (i.e. Silverstein) from liability beyond their insurance coverage for liability.  The one potential bright spot in this new bill is the part that says "`(B) EXCEPTION- Subparagraph (A) shall not apply to claims or actions based upon conduct held to be intentionally tortious in nature or to acts of gross negligence or other such acts to the extent to which punitive damages are awarded as a result of such conduct or acts."  The problem is that it only applies to the debris removal phase.  

The bottom line is that all this legislation is intended to prevent there being cases brought against people like Silverstein for the actual destruction of his property--even if no criminal case were ever filed by the government, those affected could sue him in civil court just as the Goldman family successfully sued OJ for wrongful death despite his "not guilty" status based on his criminal trial.  Jon Gold seems to support the first responders only up to the point where they may actually get their hands on some of Silverstein's billions based on his--at the very least--gross negligence in allowing his buildings to be wired for demolition right under his nose.  Just from the insurance windfall 5000 first responders could get an average of $1 million apiece--how much more does Lucky Larry have stashed away that could go to the victims families I wonder?

  

  

H.R.847

James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009 (Introduced in House)


 

 

SEC. 201. DEFINITIONS.

 

    Section 402 of the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act (49 U.S.C. 40101 note) is amended--

 

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      (1) in paragraph (6) by inserting `, or debris removal, including under the World Trade Center Health Program established under section 3001 of the Public Health Service Act,' after `September 11, 2001';

 

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      (2) by inserting after paragraph (6) the following new paragraphs and redesignating subsequent paragraphs accordingly:

 

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      `(7) CONTRACTOR AND SUBCONTRACTOR- The term `contractor and subcontractor' means any contractor or subcontractor (at any tier of a subcontracting relationship), including any general contractor, construction manager, prime contractor, consultant, or any parent, subsidiary, associated or allied company, affiliated company, corporation, firm, organization, or joint venture thereof that participated in debris removal at any 9/11 crash site. Such term shall not include any entity, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with a property interest in the World Trade Center, on September 11, 2001, whether fee simple, leasehold or easement, direct or indirect.

 

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      `(8) DEBRIS REMOVAL- The term `debris removal' means rescue and recovery efforts, removal of debris, cleanup, remediation, and response during the immediate aftermath of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001, with respect to a 9/11 crash site.';

 

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      (3) by inserting after paragraph (10), as so redesignated, the following new paragraph and redesignating the subsequent paragraphs accordingly:

 

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      `(11) IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH- The term `immediate aftermath' means any period beginning with the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001, and ending on August 30, 2002.'; and

 

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      (4) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

 

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      `(14) 9/11 CRASH SITE- The term `9/11 crash site' means--

 

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        `(A) the World Trade Center site, Pentagon site, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania site;

 

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        `(B) the buildings or portions of buildings that were destroyed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001;

 

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        `(C) any area contiguous to a site of such crashes that the Special Master determines was sufficiently close to the site that there was a demonstrable risk of physical harm resulting from the impact of the aircraft or any subsequent fire, explosions, or building collapses (including the immediate area in which the impact occurred, fire occurred, portions of buildings fell, or debris fell upon and injured individuals); and

 

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        `(D) any area related to, or along, routes of debris removal, such as barges and Fresh Kills.'.

 

SEC. 202. EXTENDED AND EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR COMPENSATION.

 

    (a) Information on Losses Resulting From Debris Removal Included in Contents of Claim Form- Section 405(a)(2)(B) of the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act (49 U.S.C. 40101 note) is amended--

 

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      (1) in clause (i), by inserting `, or debris removal during the immediate aftermath' after `September 11, 2001';

 

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      (2) in clause (ii), by inserting `or debris removal during the immediate aftermath' after `crashes'; and

 

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      (3) in clause (iii), by inserting `or debris removal during the immediate aftermath' after `crashes'.

 

    (b) Extension of Deadline for Claims Under September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001- Section 405(a)(3) of such Act is amended to read as follows:

 

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      `(3) LIMITATION-

 

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        `(A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided by subparagraph (B), no claim may be filed under paragraph (1) after the date that is 2 years after the date on which regulations are promulgated under section 407(a).

 

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        `(B) EXCEPTION- A claim may be filed under paragraph (1), in accordance with subsection (c)(3)(A)(i), by an individual (or by a personal representative on behalf of a deceased individual) during the period beginning on the date on which the regulations are updated under section 407(b) and ending on December 22, 2031.'.

 

    (c) Requirements for Filing Claims During Extended Filing Period- Section 405(c)(3) of such Act is amended--

 

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      (1) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as subparagraphs (B) and (C), respectively; and

 

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      (2) by inserting before subparagraph (B), as so redesignated, the following new subparagraph:

 

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        `(A) REQUIREMENTS FOR FILING CLAIMS DURING EXTENDED FILING PERIOD-

 

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          `(i) TIMING REQUIREMENTS FOR FILING CLAIMS- An individual (or a personal representative on behalf of a deceased individual) may file a claim during the period described in subsection (a)(3)(B) as follows:

 

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            `(I) In the case that the Special Master determines the individual knew (or reasonably should have known) before the date specified in clause (iii) that the individual suffered a physical harm at a 9/11 crash site as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001, or as a result of debris removal, and that the individual knew (or should have known) before such specified date that the individual was eligible to file a claim under this title, the individual may file a claim not later than the date that is 2 years after such specified date.

 

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            `(II) In the case that the Special Master determines the individual first knew (or reasonably should have known) on or after the date specified in clause (iii) that the individual suffered such a physical harm or that the individual first knew (or should have known) on or after such specified date that the individual was eligible to file a claim under this title, the individual may file a claim not later than the last day of the 2-year period beginning on the date the Special Master determines the individual first knew (or should have known) that the individual both suffered from such harm and was eligible to file a claim under this title.

 

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          `(ii) OTHER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR FILING CLAIMS- An individual may file a claim during the period described in subsection (a)(3)(B) only if--

 

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            `(I) the individual was treated by a medical professional for suffering from a physical harm described in clause (i)(I) within a reasonable time from the date of discovering such harm; and

 

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            `(II) the individual's physical harm is verified by contemporaneous medical records created by or at the direction of the medical professional who provided the medical care.

 

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          `(iii) DATE SPECIFIED- The date specified in this clause is the date on which the regulations are updated under section 407(a).'.

 

    (d) Clarifying Applicability to All 9/11 Crash Sites- Section 405(c)(2)(A)(i) of such Act is amended by striking `or the site of the aircraft crash at Shanksville, Pennsylvania' and inserting `the site of the aircraft crash at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, or any other 9/11 crash site'.

 

    (e) Inclusion of Physical Harm Resulting From Debris Removal- Section 405(c) of such Act is amended in paragraph (2)(A)(ii), by inserting `or debris removal' after `air crash'.

 

    (f) Limitations on Civil Actions-

 

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      (1) APPLICATION TO DAMAGES RELATED TO DEBRIS REMOVAL- Clause (i) of section 405(c)(3)(C) of such Act, as redesignated by subsection (c), is amended by inserting `, or for damages arising from or related to debris removal' after `September 11, 2001'.

 

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      (2) PENDING ACTIONS- Clause (ii) of such section, as so redesignated, is amended to read as follows:

 

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          `(ii) PENDING ACTIONS- In the case of an individual who is a party to a civil action described in clause (i), such individual may not submit a claim under this title--

 

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            `(I) during the period described in subsection (a)(3)(A) unless such individual withdraws from such action by the date that is 90 days after the date on which regulations are promulgated under section 407(a); and

 

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            `(II) during the period described in subsection (a)(3)(B) unless such individual withdraws from such action by the date that is 90 days after the date on which the regulations are updated under section 407(b).'.

 

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      (3) AUTHORITY TO REINSTITUTE CERTAIN LAWSUITS- Such section, as so redesignated, is further amended by adding at the end the following new clause:

 

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          `(iii) AUTHORITY TO REINSTITUTE CERTAIN LAWSUITS- In the case of a claimant who was a party to a civil action described in clause (i), who withdrew from such action pursuant to clause (ii), and who is subsequently determined to not be an eligible individual for purposes of this subsection, such claimant may reinstitute such action without prejudice during the 90-day period beginning after the date of such ineligibility determination.'.

 

SEC. 203. REQUIREMENT TO UPDATE REGULATIONS.

 

    Section 407 of the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act (49 U.S.C. 40101 note) is amended--

 

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      (1) by striking `Not later than' and inserting `(a) IN GENERAL- Not later than'; and

 

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      (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

 

    `(b) Updated Regulations- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2008, the Special Master shall update the regulations promulgated under subsection (a) to the extent necessary to comply with the provisions of title II of such Act.'.

 

SEC. 204. LIMITED LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN CLAIMS.

 

    Section 408(a) of the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act (49 U.S.C. 40101 note) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

 

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      `(4) LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN CLAIMS-

 

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        `(A) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, subject to subparagraph (B), liability for all claims and actions (including claims or actions that have been previously resolved, that are currently pending, and that may be filed through December 22, 2031) for compensatory damages, contribution or indemnity, or any other form or type of relief, arising from or related to debris removal, against the City of New York, any entity (including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey) with a property interest in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 (whether fee simple, leasehold or easement, or direct or indirect) and any contractors and subcontractors thereof, shall not be in an amount that exceeds the sum of the following:

 

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          `(i) The amount of funds of the WTC Captive Insurance Company, including the cumulative interest.

 

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          `(ii) The amount of all available insurance identified in schedule 2 of the WTC Captive Insurance Company insurance policy.

 

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          `(iii) The amount that is the greater of the City of New York's insurance coverage or $350,000,000. In determining the amount of the City's insurance coverage for purposes of the previous sentence, any amount described in clauses (i) and (ii) shall not be included.

 

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          `(iv) The amount of all available liability insurance coverage maintained by any entity, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with a property interest in the World Trade Center, on September 11, 2001, whether fee simple, leasehold or easement, or direct or indirect.

 

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          `(v) The amount of all available liability insurance coverage maintained by contractors and subcontractors.

 

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        `(B) EXCEPTION- Subparagraph (A) shall not apply to claims or actions based upon conduct held to be intentionally tortious in nature or to acts of gross negligence or other such acts to the extent to which punitive damages are awarded as a result of such conduct or acts.

 

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      `(5) PRIORITY OF CLAIMS PAYMENTS- Payments to plaintiffs who obtain a settlement or judgment with respect to a claim or action to which paragraph (4)(A) applies, shall be paid solely from the following funds in the following order:

 

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        `(A) The funds described in clause (i) or (ii) of paragraph (4)(A).

 

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        `(B) If there are no funds available as described in clause (i) or (ii) of paragraph (4)(A), the funds described in clause (iii) of such paragraph.

 

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        `(C) If there are no funds available as described in clause (i), (ii), or (iii) of paragraph (4)(A), the funds described in clause (iv) of such paragraph.

 

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        `(D) If there are no funds available as described in clause (i), (ii), (iii), or (iv) of paragraph (4)(A), the funds described in clause (v) of such paragraph.

 

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      `(6) DECLARATORY JUDGMENT ACTIONS AND DIRECT ACTION- Any party to a claim or action to which paragraph (4)(A) applies may, with respect to such claim or action, either file an action for a declaratory judgment for insurance coverage or bring a direct action against the insurance company involved.'.

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gretavo's picture

911Blogger Users Stepping Up and Taking Back the Movement!

Controlled Demolition is proven fact - not a matter of opinion

This is not a matter of belief. Controlled Demolition at Ground Zero is proven fact and CD is the most compelling evidence we have that 9-11 was a black-op. This movement does not have room for those who do not 'believe' in Controlled Demolition. Just as those who promoted 'directed energy weapons' were ostracized from 911blogger, as well should be those who refuse to acknowledge the absolute proof of Controlled Demolition at Ground Zero.

'Controlled Demolition Deniers' (sorry couldn't resist) need to spend their time at http://www.ae911truth.org until they absorb all the science necessary to learn the truth about the demolition of the 3 WTC towers.

With you in the struggle,
Bruno
WeAreChangeLA - http://www.wacla.org

gretavo's picture

Jon Gold is a 9/11 Holocaust Denier

Since the word "holocaust" literaly means "totally burned", which I think adequately describes the explosive demolition of the twin towers--WITH PEOPLE IN THEM--I think we can safely categorize Jon Gold as a 9/11 Holocaust Denier. See, run of the mill holocaust deniers don't deny that millions of people were killed/died and incinerated in crematoria, they dispute the nature of the murder weapon--namely whether homicidal gas chambers were used. How is that different from Jon Gold disputing the nature of the murder weapon on 9/11? He claims the murder weapons were Arab/Muslim-hijacked aircraft, whereas real truthers claim the most murderous weapon was the explosives in the buildings. Jon Gold claims this is not proven, just an allegation. Holocaust deniers claim the use of gas chambers is not proven, just an allegation.

Jon Gold - 9/11 Holocaust Denier

Has a nice ring to it!

kate of the kiosk's picture

thousands of workers entitled to compensation?

http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20091003040106828

and yes, "9/11-holocaust denier "should be included in the lexicon. guess JG fits the description. such a shame.

Annoymouse's picture

no evidence any muslim hijackers on the planes

There is no evidence there were any muslim hijackers on those planes, as there are no security video camera photos of them boarding.
Id tell Jon, but i found yesterday that ive been banned by 911Blogger from posting. Maybe Jon managed to buy 911 blogger after all...

casseia's picture

Yes... we like that comment!

I just posted it in the poll thread. :)

Scrubby's picture

Bruno rocks!

me claps hands!

quote Bruno:
"It's not a matter of belief Jon. It's a matter of fact. Not 'believing' in Controlled Demolition at Ground Zero is like not 'believing' in gravity - ludicrous."

then 'zomby bill hicks' jumps in:

"Ya know, Jon was part of this movement waaayy before belief in CD was a prerequisite, so he's grandfathered in. Deal with it."

Bwahhhhhahaha. Yea, i mean, grandfathers can't be choosen, and if your grandfather tells you that newton was wrong, you better deal erh believe it!
JG 'quitting' can't be further than maximum one page away

juandelacruz's picture

Part of the movement? More

Part of the movement? More like Jon Gold infiltrated the movement early on to sow his stupid no CD, look away from Zionists, blame it on Muslims disinformation.

Adam Syed's picture

Didn't John Albanese also

Didn't John Albanese also used to argue vociferously against controlled demolition?

gretavo's picture

probably...

but we could run down the list of people who tried to discourage the movement from "fixating" on CD... Mike Ruppert, Daniel Hopsicker, and Sander Hicks come to mind. And in those days, the main proponent of CD was, unfortunately, Eric Hufschmid. Not hard to see, in hindsight, what the strategy was and I guess still is to a great extent...

casseia's picture

Yes and moreover

He used the slimiest tactic I've ever seen by "going undercover" as an anonymous poster and arguing against the evidence for molten metal -- a VERY important piece of evidence -- that was coming out in late 2006. He used standard bedunker rhetorical strategy and when finally busted, switched to the "I'm just doing it to protect the movement" gambit (which, as we can now see, is one of the most common tactics in the fake truther bullshit repertoire).

9-11 Family Guy's picture

burn any bad spellers lately?

You should be ashamed of yourself, Casseia. John Albanese did not mean to have everyone know he was posting under a fake name and your little friend ratted on him because of a simple misspelling that ANYONE could have done accidentelly twice within 10 minutes under different aliases.

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Do these pants make my ass look big? Would you tell me if they did?

Scrubby's picture

ha, where was that?

i missed that one, any traces left?
its not like i need more proof that something is terribly wrong with albanese-'truthing', but it certainly sounds entertaining

gretavo's picture

oldie but goodie...

Ah, the memories. Almost three years ago, when I was posting at 911Blogger as Real Truther, Albanese and Gold used to tag team against me because I would point out that Albanese's film which Gold LOVED (Everybody's Gotta LIHOP Sometime) was deceptive. Not long after we exposed Alabanese as a fraud beyond question Gold went after me for all the usual reasons and after we were warned by dz, who ran the site at the time, not to comment on each others' posts, Gold did just that to spark an argument which was used as the reason for my banning. I had registered wtcdemolition.com precisely because I could tell that some in the movement were doing everything they could to quash that angle, and once I was banned at 911B I decided to strike out on my own, and was happy that some of the best people at 911B came along for the ride and helped make this blog what it is today. It's amazing that three years later we are still dealing with these degenerates in the movement. Here is the thread where Albanese tries to argue against controlled demolition:

http://www.911blogger.com/node/4519?page=1

Note that I was user #86 at 911Blogger, they are currently up to #5520...

And yes, it's all archived off site (I've been a diligent archivist of this material for a while now) so any deletions or alterations will be futile. Everything will be known one day, and everyone will get their due.

gretavo's picture

OMG... funniest. jon gold comment. ever.

New 9/11 Truth-Related Novel: No Place to Run

Hope it's better-written than that POS, "The Shell Game"

I mostly read history but appreciate good fiction too. And I'm choosy about the quality of writing that goes into a novel regardless of plot construction and logical details.

"The Shell Game" was, without doubt, the WORST book I have ever read. That includes that pulp masturbation aid I bought at a Holiday Inn in '73 from out a vending machine (which, up until "Shell Game" had been the worst book I'd ever read).

I would hate to be...

Steve Alten browsing through this site, and see that comment (voted up even). The man tried to do his best to help this cause in the best way that he could. To call his book a POS is disrespectful on so many levels.

Edit: I wonder how many people that have voted the above comment up have actually done anything to further this cause other than signing up to 911blogger.com to be able to vote up the bs, vote down the good comments, and promote nonsense. We've already had one instance of someone from one of the bogus 9/11 sites signing up just to start trouble. I wonder how many more there are.



Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

 

 

 

gretavo's picture

POS is too kind...

Racist, genocidal, lying, LIHOP POS is more like it. Here's the Google Books version--seems like most of it is there... what ever happened to the guy who was relentlessly pimping it as part of the "Summer of Truth", Bill the Shill?

Jpass's picture

Bil The Shill

Good old Bill Douglas!

I haven't heard much about him but I was just writing about him. I'm writing an article about getting banned from 911Blogger.com and TruthAction.org and Bill Douglas and the Shell Game fiasco seem to be what led to my banning from 911Blogger.com. I was disgusted how Reprehensor gave Bill Douglas unfettered access to 911Blogger.com users in order to aggressively pimp The Shell Game and insinuate that you weren't a real '911 Truther' unless you were behind Bill Douglas.

I'm not surprised Jon Gold is continuing the show by questioning other activists just because they don't believe The Shell Game is, was or ever will be good for the 911 Truth Movement.

gretavo's picture

correction--it was a "week of truth"

not a whole summer... the week where we were all supposed to buy so many copies of The Shill Game that Alten would be catapulted onto the NYTimes bestseller list from whence he would proceed to champion 9/11 truth. Yes, it was one of those plans that sounded so crazy that it *had* to work. And indeed, Alten sold about 1000 copies--1000 more than he probably would have otherwise, including Holiday Inn vending machine sales. Heck, we have a whole section on The Shill Game!

Adam Syed's picture

My favorite

was when he said "Even I wasn't granted an interview, and you don't get more 9/11 truth than me."

Keenan's picture

"We've already had one

"We've already had one instance of someone from one of the bogus 9/11 sites signing up just to start trouble."

LOL! That would be me. I'm honored. I guess he's too afraid to actually give the name of the "bogus 9/11 site" because he doesn't want to risk any more people checking out our critique and agreeing with us about how transparently fake and full of shit Jon Gold is.

Jon Gold is flailing hysterically. I think what is happening now is the spectacle of the hilarious and accelerating loss of control by Jon Gold and the rest of the clique of fake truthers who really thought they had it all under control but find themselves increasingly exposed and outnumbered, even on their own turf at 911LieHopBlogger. He's really going for broke now: DRG is a jew-hater, Richard Gage is trying to embarass the movement, anybody who votes down Jon's posts are people "who obviously just signed up to vote down Jon's great posts and vote up bs (defined at anything in oppostion to Jon's nonsense), anybody who disagrees with Jon must be a "troublemaker", etc., etc. It will be really stunning to see just how much lower Gold will stoop as he must attampt to discredit and defame an exponentially increasing number of people who have attained more respect and credibility in the movement than Gold.

Jon's script has become so transparent to so many people that he will soon have to quit the movement for the 79th time, but for real this time.

I wonder what Blogger will be forced to do now to regain control of the discourse there. Will they have to have another mass purging of anti-Jon Gold "troublemakers", like they did a couple of years ago?

Keenan's picture

How Much Lower Can Jon Gold Stoop? This Low:

Jon Gold Suddenly Wants to Do Away With the Voting System on 911Blogger, Claiming That It Is Now Rigged

Perhaps the most sure indication so far that Jon Gold's credibility and respect are plummeting faster than ever before is his stunning reversal of his feelings about the voting system at 911Blogger. Ever since Jon Gold's little clique of LIHOPpers gained total control of the discourse at 911Blogger after the mass purging of their detractors in 2007, Gold could almost always count on getting significant positive votes for any of his comments, no matter how lame or anti-truth they were, while his detractors always got huge negative votes. But that pattern has totally broken down in recent weeks as more and more bloggers have apparently wised up to what's really going on, like discovering how transparently fake and anti-truth Jon Gold really is. Now that more and more people are openly calling out Gold's BS and voting down his posts, he is suddenly claiming that the voting system is "rigged"! Here is a stunning admission by Gold of the current state of affairs:

I also think votes should be disregarded in this thread because the system is rigged. I think they should be done away with at this point personally.
http://911blogger.com/node/21649#comment-219764

It is surely only a matter of hours at this point till Jon Gold quits the movement, like for REAL real, this time...

gretavo's picture

Jon Gold Tells Sick and Dying First Responders What to Do

What a condescending sack of shit. Jon Gold is saying to the living victims of the world trade center demolition scam that they should be happy now that they have a little bone to gnaw on and should therefore start to support him in his campaign to falsely accuse Saudi Arabia and Pakistan for complicity in 9/11. Pay no heed to those "crazy conspiracy theorists" who have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Silverstein allowed his buildings to be laced with demolition charges--they offer you nothing! I mean, what could you possibly get from suing a multi-billionaire and the government that provided the manpower to rig his insurance cows? Wouldn't you rather take a handout from the very government that Jon Gold wants you to accuse of letting al Qaeda attack us? You sick and dying heroes OWE IT TO JON GOLD AFTER ALL HE'S DONE FOR YOU. But don't take my word for it:

http://911blogger.com/news/2012-06-14/dear-911-first-responders

Dear 9/11 First Responders
Submitted by Jon Gold on Sun, 06/17/2012 - 1:14am

Jon Gold
6/14/2012

First, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS!!! Finally. Finally, the 9/11 First Responders that are sick and dying as a result of working down at the pile, have healthcare to take care of them. Healthcare that now includes cancer. It doesn't cover all cancers, so there might still be a fight, but it is certainly better than it was. It has been a long fight. I know. I have been there since almost the very beginning.

I, like many others, have done my best to be supportive of the 9/11 First Responders. To try and bring attention to their issue. I started an archive the day James Zadroga died that has been maintained for years. In January 2007, I held my very first fund-raiser for 9/11 First Responders. I managed to raise $3,290.00 that time. When Mike Bloomberg said that James Zadroga wasn't a hero, people like me were there to get Mike Bloomberg to apologize. Every time the FealGood Foundation went to Washington D.C., I did my best to promote their trips, and the resulting videos.

As I said, it has been a long fight. A hard fight. Because it is difficult to get politicians to do the right thing, sometimes concessions have to be made. Long ago, several 9/11 First Responders were very supportive of the "9/11 Truth Movement." Because of antics in the "9/11 Truth Movement," many 9/11 First Responders started to disassociate from the movement, and understandably so. However, another reason that 9/11 First Responders started to shy away from people in the "9/11 Truth Movement" was because being associated with that group, a group that has been relentlessly slandered and ridiculed by the "mainstream media," meant that it was harder to get politicians to do the right thing. In other words, if the 9/11 First Responders wanted the politicians to play ball, they also had to play the game.

Let me say that if I was a 9/11 First Responder that was sick and dying as a result of working down at the pile, I would also make concessions to get myself and other 9/11 First Responders the health care that they need. Unfortunately, that's how things work in today's America. It shouldn't be that way, but sadly, it is.

So, the game has been played, and now the 9/11 First Responders have the healthcare that they need for the most part. Excellent. Nothing has made me happier in the last decade. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. You are all heroes, and have always been heroes to me.

The reason I am writing this article is to ask that you be heroes one more time. A grave injustice has occurred with regards to the 9/11 attacks. We were lied to about that day. 2,976 people were brutally murdered, over 1,000 9/11 First Responders have died, 1,000's of American soldiers have died, well over 1,000,000 civilians have died in the wars that resulted from 9/11, we've lost so many civil liberties, and we were lied to about that day. People that lost loved ones that day have had to watch the names of their loved ones used to do horrible things in this country and around the world. All the while not knowing exactly what happened that day, or who was ultimately responsible. They deserve better than they got in the 9/11 Commission. We all do.

Now that you don't have to play the game any longer, I implore you to consider speaking out about the cover-ups of 9/11. A hero or heroine does their best to do the right thing. We need real justice and accountability for what happened that day, and we need you, our heroes, to start speaking out about it. To do the right thing. Please be the heroes that you are. One more time. Thank you.