Burlington to vote on a new 9/11 investigation

A dedicated group of people who say they need more answers have garnered enough signatures (roughly 1,350) to ask the city of Burlington as a whole if they agree. Burlington residents will vote on an article on Town meeting day that asks, Shall Vermonts Congressional Delegation be advised to demand a new, thorough, and truly independent forensic investigation that fully addresses the many questions surrounding the tragic events of September 11, 2001? The group, Vermonters for a Real 9/11 Investigation, have stated that asking for a new, independent investigation does not advance any alternative theory, but focuses on the need to answer important questions that some say went unanswered in the 9/11 Commissions report. Now, Burlington residents will have the chance to vote on the issue come Town Meeting Day. The Regional Educational Technology Network (RETN) will be offering an opportunity for local viewers to learn more about the issues with a live panel discussion which will air on Channel 16 on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. The panel will include speakers on both sides of the issue, and will include Kyle Hence, a co-writer and co-producer of the documentary, 9/11 Press for Truth. The program will devote a full hour and a half to educating interested persons and voters. The discussion will also include a live studio audience and will involve telephone call-in questions and comments from viewers at home. Community members are encouraged to join the conversation. RETN Executive Director, Scott Campitelli, said of the upcoming presentation Were looking to put it out there. He also said that it is an opportunity for people to get information: Burlington gets to vote on this. Campitelli said the show will provide a time for people to ask questions of intelligent panelists, and said, An informed populace is an ideal. Although he wasnt sure yet who would be speaking on the panel against the recommendation for an independent forensic investigation, Campitelli did say that its hard to find people who dont think it is important, but that there are people who think it might not be the most valuable use of time. He added that there are a lot of people who find value in non-binding votes such as the one Burlington voters will face in March. Campitelli said that the 9/11 Commission report pointed to failed security. That could be the final opinion. The ballot question is an important one because if it were approved by voters, Burlington would be the first city to formally demand that federal government open a new, independent investigation. Doug Dunbebin, a former Burlington City Counselor and a member of the Vermonters for a Real 9/11 Investigation, recently appeared on RETNs program Near and Far in an interview with Richard Kemp about the issue. Dunbebin said that the diverse group of proponents for a new investigation represent a wide range of opinions within the group. One thing we all agree on, is that the [9/11 Commissions] report is seriously flawed. During the interview, Dunbebin went on to say, If youre a person who believes 9/11 changed everything, shouldn't we know everything we can about 9/11? If you have an opinion, or if you want to find out more, tune in to RETNs Channel 16, on Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. For more information on the upcoming program, call 654-7980, or visit www.retn.org.

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