At any rate, Barbara's film was voted into the 2015 N CA 9/11 Truth Film Festival by a vote of 16-0-1 at that last group meeting on 5-21-15. The expulsion was the blowback on me. I kept this controversy within the circles and listserv of the group. But the expulsion no longer obliges me to worry about the group's reputation, which I was trying to protect. This is my perspective, and why I think this conduct has much to do with maintaining integrity inside the Truth movement.
Why was the group and Mazzucco never told that his entire Pentagon segment was not shown at his Bay Area debut screening? And why did we not find out about that until after the film festival? I would not let go of that one until it was acknowledged and apologized for, which after about 4 months, it finally was. The “situational ethics” that I refer to is that some members seem to feel that “censorship” would have been okay as long as no one found out about it. Some felt that it was not proper for me to directly ask my friend Max Mazzucco about it.
In fact, I did raise the question to Ken Jenkins at a meeting shortly after the 2014 film fest. Marilyn Langlois should remember that because she too felt that Jenkins should not be promoting and selling copies of the unauthorized edited-by-Jenkins version of Mazzucco’s work and pitching it as the “science safe” version of the film. We both told Jenkins that we thought that that was completely disrespectful of the Artist/Director who had contributed his work to N CA 9/11 Truth Alliance. I wrote to Mazzucco after bringing the matter to the group who wanted it brushed under the rug. Much of the group wanted this 9/11 Truth "Censorship" Elephant in the Room to simply go away.
What’s more is that I had been the one who, in a group meeting before the 2014 Festival, raised the question to Jenkins as to whether he had a problem with Mazzucco’s Pentagon interpretation. I asked him, "Doesn’t it have a similar take on the Pentagon to what Barbara Honegger says, which you oppose so strongly?" I asked him then and there if he was screening Mazzucco’s Pentagon perspective? He assured me and the group that he had no problem with showing Mazzucco's film other than time constraints, which I accepted. Yet it was censored, and the censorship was kept a secret from Mazzucco and the group.
If you have a chance, ask Ken why he never replied to my questions on the Pentagon (attached below). He himself asked me to send them, and told me "there is an answer for each and every one of them".
(2) It was my feeling that the then-new 2013 film, "Behind the Smoke Curtain: What Happened at the Pentagon on 9/11, What Didn't, and Why It Matters", made by Ben Collet and Mark Snyder of 9/11 Truth Seattle from their presentation of Barbara Honegger, was suppressed.
There had been a straw poll that went 11-1 to show the film with Jenkins being the one. Mr. Jenkins was perplexed with Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth founder Richard Gage for saying he really meant his endorsement of the Barbara Honegger film. The majority of the group seemed to want to allow both sides of the Pentagon controversy to be allowed to be screened. Ken Jenkins refused and said he would not do the film festival if we showed that film. He had requested that we all watch the Frank Legge video because it used the “scientific method” of counting up the number of eye-witnesses that said they saw a jet hit the Pentagon.
David Ray Griffin rejected this as being a "scientific method" in his 2011 book "9/11: Ten Years After: When State Crimes Against Democracy Succeed", since many of the witnesses could be considered "elite" in their ties to corporate media and the military. I recommend Chapter 7 "The Pentagon: The Consensus Approach", in that book.
Jenkins eventually negotiated a deal with the group to show part of Barbara Honneger's film in 2015, not 2014, if the group would give him a whole year to make a film opposing her point of view. He apparently did not think Frank Legge's video he challenged us to see was up to the challenge of Barbara Honegger’s "What Happened at the Pentagon on 9/11, What Didn't, and Why It Matters" in 2014. So we all worked on the 2014 9/11 Truth Film Fest in spite of these disagreements, and we delivered a good festival as a team.
When the event happened on Sept. 11, 2014 and Bonnie worked things out with Carol Brouillet, thus allowing Bonnie to take her normal table position without a major blow-up. Then it was Carol who came under attack by Ken Jenkins and the 2014 MC of the Festival for “over-ruling the vote of the group”. Hey, I worked on the event like a team player in spite of losing on the Faulkner and Honegger votes that year. I came in the night before the event to load in and set up equipment. During the all day festival I ran the zoom lens on the camera for the No Lies Radio live-stream.
This made me wonder if the deal we made last year would be honored on Sept. 10, 2015. Then the film was left off the list of films under consideration. I asked the acting secretary to put it back on the list, and she did. I also spent many hours creating two DVD’s to hand out to the group of films to consider showing in 2015, which I proposed should include the Sandy Hook School, Newtown, CT event of Dec 14, 2012, the Boston Marathon Mass Casualty Martial Law Drill of April 15, 2013, and the Charlie Hebdo magazine event in Paris starting on January 7, 2015 and going several days after that. I have been the main person doing the N CA 9/11 Truth Alliance Facebook interface for the group. And I did some work on the SF911Truth.org home site as well from time to time.
This is a petty power game. But the 9 people there tonight seem to be fine operating this way. So I will part with dismay and disappointment at this move. Those who participated in this quickie vote to expel a dedicated truth-seeker and truth-teller have made a serious mistake in judgment. Shame on you! If the decision is re-visited, it will not be upon my initiative. So you got your way. But you just lost the kind of friend who is willing to tell you the truth about what is principled conduct, and what is not acceptable conduct, for a 9/11 Truth organization, particularly in the devious manner of dealing with Max Mazzucco, Barbara Honegger, and Bonnie Faulkner. Celebrate your loss!