9/11 ‘truther’ billboards appear in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver

Matthew Coutts
Daily Brew

The 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington is now behind us, but one group of vocal "truthers" are pushing for Canadians and Americans to rethink the accepted narrative from that day.

Advertisements promoting a group known as  Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth have purchased billboards and posters in several major Canadian cities.

The advertisements read simply, "Did you know a 3rd tower fell on 9/11?"

In Ottawa, the advertisements have appeared on OC Transpo buses. In Vancouver, they are found in downtown bus shelters.

In Toronto, a massive orange billboard has been posted above the city's Yonge-Dundas Square – considered by some to be the city's answer to Times Square.

Speaking of which, the group has also posted the signs in Times Square in New York, as well as Washington, Los Angeles, London, Sydney, and the list goes on.

[ Related: Toronto police officer found guilty of assaulting G20 protester with weapon ]

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/verdict-due-today-trial-police-officer-accused-assaulting-080009992.html

The group doesn't go so far as to accuse anyone in particular of attacking the World Trade Center, although most truthers believe the George W. Bush administration was involved. But they say people should reconsider what they think they know about the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The group's focus is on the 47-storey WTC Building 7, which collapsed after the Twin Towers were brought down by airplanes.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology determined the building caught fire after being struck by debris from the larger buildings. The heat led the steel floor beams to collapse, bringing down the building. This seems too simply for some.

http://www.nist.gov/el/disasterstudies/wtc/faqs_wtc7.cfm

[ Daily Buzz: Time photo editor seeks subjects of his 9/11 photograph ]

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-buzz/time-photo-editor-seeks-subjects-9-11-photograph-175433983.html

“We just want a thorough, honest investigation and wherever it leads, it leads,” campaign organizer Ted Walter told the Ottawa Citizen about the campaign.

www.ottawacitizen.com/news/appear+Transpo+buses/8899246/story.html

Not surprisingly, the campaign has received some negative reaction. Ottawa councillor Diane Deans, head of the transit commission, called advertisements in that city inconsiderate and called for a review of advertising policy.

Group members who rallied in Toronto on Wednesday received mixed response, according to the Toronto Star.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/09/11/truther_billboard_in_yongedundas_square_asks_questions_about_sept_11.html

The launch of the ad blitz coincides with the release of a study that suggests 38 per cent of Americans have doubts about the official account of 9/11.

It also coincides with the anniversary of the day when 2,996 people were killed in the largest attack on North American soil. That number includes 24 Canadians, some from regions where those advertisements now stand.

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