“John Feal was severely injured on the Ground Zero site when an 8,000 pound steel beam crushed his foot. He started the FealGood Foundation, which advocates for physically and emotionally injured first responders and helps them get compensation. Feal tells Here &Now’sJeremy Hobson that he believes post-traumatic stress disorder is the number one killer of 9/11 responders.
John Feal with the Fealgood Foundation
Interview Highlights: John Feal On chronic illnesses 9/11 first responders face
“My injury pales in comparison to those who are sick and dying — or who have died from their 9/11-related illness. These invisible diseases are literally killing these men and women on a daily basis, and sadly 2,749 innocent lives were killed on 9/11, because of senseless violence but we’re losing people all the time. “As a nation, we are going to pay homage and remember those who died on 9/11. We do that every year. But let’s finish the sentence: there are really good men and women who are sick and dying because of their heroic actions that didn’t die that day—but were given a death sentence.”
On compensation for 9/11 first responders
“Before the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act that we got passed in 2010, you had to rely on workmen’s comp, social security, disability, or your pensions, or your health insurance.” “When we got the bill passed December 22, 2010, the first words out of my mouth were, ‘This bill is not perfect.’ On a scale from one to ten I’ll give it a six. But a six is better than nothing and that six is helping people. Yesterday, we just introduced legislation to extend this bill 25 more years. This six can go to a seven or an eight if we can get this done.
“But you know, the first time around it took eight years to walk the halls of Congress to get this bill passed. And now we are going to have an uphill fight against Congress. Because everyone in this country — no matter what the issue is — everybody knows that Congress doesn’t really like to pass bills lately.”
On how he observes 9/11
“I feel so bad for those who haven’t got the closure from finding loved ones or not being able to find remains or the DNA.”
“We were on that pile looking for them. It was so hard to go in and out of Ground Zero and having a family member come up to you and say, ‘Did you find my loved one? Can you help me?’ And you come out of there and they are waiting for an answer.”
“All I wanna do is have some fun Until the sun comes up Over Santa Monica Boulevard Otherwise the bar is ours The day and the night and the car wash, too The matches and the Buds and the clean and dirty cars The sun and the moon” All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow
THE TOP 40
REASONS TO DOUBT THE OFFICIAL STORY OF SEPTEMBER 11th, 2001
… An outline in simple talking points …
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THE DAY ITSELF – EVIDENCE OF COMPLICITY
“1) AWOL Chain of Command
a. It is well documented that the officials topping the chain of command for response to a domestic attack – GeorgeW. Bush, DonaldRumsfeld, RichardMyers, Montague Winfield, Ralph Eberhart – all found reason to do something else during the actual attacks, other than assuming their duties as decision-makers.
b. Who was actually in charge? DickCheney, Richard Clarke, Norman Mineta and the 9/11 Commission directly conflict in their accounts of top-level response to the unfolding events, such that several (or all) of them must be lying.
2) Air Defense Failures
a. The US air defense systemfailed to follow standard procedures for responding to diverted passenger flights.
b. Timelines: The various responsible agencies – NORAD, FAA, Pentagon, USAF, as well as the 9/11 Commission – gave radically different explanations for the failure (in some cases upheld for years), such that several officials must have lied; but none were held accountable.
c. Was there an air defense standdown?
3) Pentagon Strike
How was it possible the Pentagon was hit 1 hour and 20 minutes after the attacks began? Why was there no response from Andrews Air Force Base, just 10 miles away and home to Air National Guard units charged with defending the skies above the nation”s capital? How did Hani Hanjour, a man who failed as a Cessna pilot on his first flight in a Boeing, execute a difficult aerobatic maneuver to strike the Pentagon? Why did the attack strike the just-renovated side, which was largely empty and opposite from the high command?
a. US military and other authorities planned or actually rehearsed defensive response to all elements of the 9/11 scenario during the year prior to the attack – including multiple hijackings, suicide crashbombings, and a strike on the Pentagon.
b. The multiple militarywargames planned long in advance and held on the morning of September 11th included scenarios of a domestic air crisis, a plane crashing into a government building, and a large-scale emergency in New York. If this was only an incredible series of coincidences, why did the official investigations avoid the issue? There is evidence that the wargames created confusion as to whether the unfolding events were “real world or exercise.” Did wargames serve as the cover for air defense sabotage, and/or the execution of an “inside job”?
5) Flight 93
Did the Shanksville crash occur at 10:06 (according to a seismic report) or 10:03 (according to the 9/11 Commission)? Does the Commission wish to hide what happened in the last three minutes of the flight, and if so, why? Was Flight 93 shot down, as indicated by the scattering of debris over a trail of several miles?
THE DAY – POSSIBLE SMOKING GUNS
6) Did cell phones work at 30,000 feet in 2001? How many hijackings were attempted? How many flights were diverted?
7) Demolition Hypothesis
What caused the collapse of a third skyscraper, WTC 7, which was not hit by a plane? Were the Twin Towers and WTC 7 brought down by explosives? (See “The Case for Demolitions,” the websites wtc7.net and 911research.wtc7.net, and the influential article by physicist Steven Jones. See also items no. 16 and 24, below.)……..”
This list is not exhaustive. Read more at 911 Truth.