Travels with Willie

William Rodriguez's lawsuit against the United States of America, October, 2004:
“No reliable evidence puts any Arabs, or persons with Arab names, on any of the four diverted aircraft of 9-11”
Actually, all reliable evidence puts the hijackers on the flights, including the passenger manifests showing all of their names.
“Everybody else in the world is more prepared, and with more information about 9/11, than we are.” William Rodriguez speech to the American Scholars 9/11 Symposium, June 25, 2006

Malaysia

In June, 2006, William Rodriguez visited Malaysia during a multi-country tour to tell the world that the official version of 9/11 is a lie and that the truth is being concealed by the U.S. government.

The tour, like some others WR has done, was funded by Jimmy Walter. Walter is featured in this must-see Penn & Teller episode on 9/11 conspiracy theories. He has spent millions of dollars calling for a new investigation into the events of 9/11. Why he did not use those millions to fund an independent investigation is an interesting question.

From Walter’s website, regarding witnesses to the WTC attacks:
“What about all the witnesses? We have never found any reliable witnesses to these alleged big passenger jets. We find people who saw "something", who were home in bed with the drapes drawn and still "saw the plane" they think, because they heard the explosion.”


Jimmy Walter doing his George W. Bush impression

Walter accompanied Rodriguez on the tour. Joining them to speak in Malaysia and to meet with prominent political figures was Michael Collins Piper, a noted anti-Semite and Holocaust denier. This is the title of Piper’s most recent (April 18, 2007) blog post:

Holocaust Education KILLS! Ban Holocaust Education NOW–
Before ANOTHER school shooting happens.

Piper writes for the American Free Press, which is run by Willis Carto. The Anti-Defamation League calls Carto “one of the most influential American anti-Semitic propagandists of the past 50 years.” Carto: "If Satan himself, with all of his super-human genius and diabolical ingenuity at his command, had tried to create a permanent disintegration and force for the destruction of the nations, he could have done no better than to invent the Jews."

Malaysia’s state religion is Islam. Native-born Malays are de facto Muslims and are subject to strict Sharia law. Malaysian civil law can also be quite strict, especially concerning free speech, criticism of the government, and people deemed to be politically threatening. Amnesty International points out that Malaysian law allows for detention for two years without trial. That two-year period is renewable indefinitely. Many people are being detained in Malaysia under those laws. Source

Malaysia’s National News Agency paid keen attention to the claims of Rodriguez, Walter, and Piper:

Group Seeks Dr Mahathir's Assistance To Reopen 9-11 Investigation

PUTRAJAYA, June 12 (Bernama) -- A group of concerned Americans and their sympathisers has sought the support of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in their effort to push for an international investigation into the Sept 11 2001 (9-11) tragedy.

Representatives of the group, including a survivor of the attacks on the World Trade Centre (WTC) in New York, met Dr Mahathir here Monday with a claim that the official version of what transpired on that day was far from the truth.


American Media Asked To Dupe People, Destroy Islam, Says Expert

KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 (Bernama) — The American media is controlled by certain groups which plan to destroy the Islamic world, according to an American media expert.

Michael Collins Piper said a group of family and financial interests people in the United States were using the media to control government policies. “They will not be satisfied because Islam is the last religion standing in the way of the new world order,” he added.

He said he wanted to be the “bridge-builder”, to show that not all Americans supported the Jewish-controlled Bush administration policy. He said the media in the US did not report true stories. For instance, the story of William Rodriguez, a former maintenance worker at the World Trade Centre in Manhattan, as it would open up a whole new perspective of the Sept 11 terror attack on the US in 2001.

…On the fateful day, Piper said Rodriguez was talking to his supervisor when he heard a huge explosion from below the building believed to be from the mechanical room where pumps, generators and air-conditioners were located.

“It was so powerful that the walls fell on us. Then, suddenly within minutes, another bang on top of the tower, the one where the plane crashed into the WTC, but it sounded totally different. “Two separate events, one at the basement and one on the top. I’ve been working there for 20 years, I know the difference between what comes from the bottom and the top,” he had said.

He said the two explosions showed there was an initiated plan to create what he believed a tragedy that was synchronised.

"I believe they had a plan to bring the building down at the same time the plane crashed into the tower. They wanted to weaken the base for that to happen."

In the incident, Rodriguez, who had the master key to the North Tower staircases, unlocked the doors and led fire-fighters up the stairwell, aiding in the evacuation of hundreds of people who might have otherwise perished. Source
Piper, writing in the American Free Press, sums up the visit:
"The international audience at the fair—some 1,000 strong—was intrigued by the fact that here were Americans—including a 9-11 survivor—telling them that it was not “the Muslims” who were responsible for 9-11, but that the conspiracy went much higher and much deeper."Source

Rodriguez was quite proud of how his message was received in Malaysia. His friend, conspiracist Nila Sagadevan, reports,
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

William Rodriguez called this morning upon his return to the US to tell me about his and Jimmy Walter’s huge successes spreading the word in Malaysia about the 9/11 cover-up.

I do believe these two gentlemen may have started a firestorm in that country.

...I’m told our “ambassadors” gave several press conferences, were on prime-time TV five days running, and were received rapturously everywhere they went. Walters’ movie, “Confronting The Evidence” was also aired during prime-time.

Willy mentioned that the movie triggered such an outcry that, last Friday, over 200 Islamic clerics marched on the US embassy to demand an answer to a long list of questions about 9/11. Predictably, the Marines were called in and the crowd dispersed under severe protest. While this was aired on Malaysian nightly news and caused a huge hullabaloo, we’ve obviously yet to hear a murmur of any of it Stateside (or, I presume, elsewhere in the West).
During a Broadcast on National News, Channel 3, at Primetime, it was stated that “The Mindset of the Malaysian people has been changed forever on the 9/11 events after seeing the latest evidence.”Source

“911 In Plane Site” and “Confronting the Evidence” continue to be recognized as the most controversial video documentaries on 9/11 to date, and are being shown by Rodriguez and Walter as they travel the world.Source

Venezuela

Rodriguez accepted the invitation of Chris Bollyn, another anti-Semitic AFP writer, to travel to Venezuela and hopefully meet with its president Hugo Chavez. As Bollyn makes clear, he made the Venezuela trip at the behest of his quasi-Nazi employer Willis Carto to try to enlist Chavez in an AFP propaganda campaign (Carto had also wanted Piper to make this trip):

Although I am not at all inclined or interested in discussing American Free Press (AFP), that fired me on baseless allegations, I find myself, once again, compelled to defend my name and clarify the details of my trip to Venezuela, which I made on behalf of Willis A. Carto, the publisher of that newspaper, last February. Source
Bollyn’s intellectual leanings were known to Rodriguez. Along with his invitation to travel to Venezuela, Bollyn sent Rodriguez an article that attempted to tie Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to the 9/11 attacks. Rodriguez responded,
“HI Chris!!! Great article. I have been trying with the Venezuela's Embassy political affairs person here in Washington and no success. I will definetely interested in going to Venezuela and talk to Chavez and his tv channel TeleSur. I believe he will not only be interested in what I have to say but will want me to talk to his emergency response experts to learn about the mistakes after 9/11 to help victims. See what you can do. I am ready to fly!!!!!

Willie R.”
In May, 2006, Bollyn made these claims about Rodriguez:
“Having known Rodriguez for a year and having spent many hours with him, this reporter has learned a great deal about the 9-11 attack from his personal observations, most of which he does not speak about publicly. On a recent trip to Venezuela, Rodriguez told American Free Press that he has been advised not to talk about critical evidence that he has personal knowledge of.

‘I can't talk about the Israeli involvement because it would offend the Jewish families,’ Rodriguez said, referring to the relatives of Jewish victims. Yet, Rodriguez has important information about the involvement of Israeli intelligence agents in the attacks.

For example, he has personal knowledge that Israeli Mossad agents, posing as employees of a moving company in New Jersey, met regularly with some of the Arab terror suspects at a video store a block from his home in Jersey City during the year prior to the attacks.” Source

According to Human Rights Watch, Venezuela under Hugo Chavez is not exactly a bastion of free speech, judicial independence, and fair treatment of political protesters.

Rodriguez’s six weeks in Venezuela produced some results:
“Rodriguez and Walter are educating top Venezuelan officials on the evidence that 9/11 was a self-inflicted wound carried out by the military-industrial complex. They have also appeared on every Venezuelan television and radio station both private and state owned and have given huge presentations to major universities.

Upon visiting, Rodriguez said that the President of the Assembly, Nicolas Maduro's home was brimming with books, videos and documents about the 9/11 cover-up. Maduro, Venezuela's top legislator, intoned that he was ready to create an international investigative committee, looking into the "international crime scene" that is 9/11 and that this would be structured via Hugo Chavez's government.”
Source

In November, 2006, the Venezuelan National Assembly called for a new investigation into the events of 9/11, to include the possibility that the U.S. government was behind the attacks. “We have worked non-stop with the officials of Venezuela to bring the truth to them. I am glad that our efforts are having the support of world leaders and we are continuing to bring the real experiences to other world leaders as well," Rodriguez said.”Source

In Washington, D.C. with Nazis

Back in the U.S., In September, 2006, Rodriguez spoke about 9/11 at a conference hosted by, and attended by, many world-class neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers.
"John Nugent, Nationalist [Nazi] activist and former congressional candidate who is now writing for the Barnes Review [a journal that promotes Holocaust denial and other neo-Nazi causes, also run by Carto] was in attendance. My wife and I hadn't seen John since before the birth of our first child....16 years ago. We were very happy to see him again, and he introduced us to Mr. Theo Junker, the former member of the Wiking division of the S.S. who courageously opened a Museum in Wisconsin dedicated to the memory of Adolf Hitler. It was indeed one of the highlights of the conference meeting this courageous patriot who continues to fight the good fight well into his 80's. God bless you, Herr Junker!" Source

Is the next story any surprise?

November, 2006: 911blogger.com Exclusive: William Rodriguez Has Been Invited To Iran
William Rodriguez, the last survivor of the North Tower has been formally invited by the Iranian Government to give a series of presentations about 9/11 in Iran. The reason he was invited, was because they saw his presentation in front of 22,000 Muslims during his recent U.K. tour. The Ministry of Cultural Affairs thought it would be a good idea as a "Peace Mission" to bring Rodriquez to Iran. Rodriquez says that he "feels very honored that he has been tapped to do these series of presentations as a peace initiative, and he feels he will be more protected in these countries than in his own." Given that the Venezuelan Government thought enough of Willie to provide him 5 bodyguards during his stay there, I can see why. The dates are not yet specified, but will be announced in the beginning of March 2007.
Fortunately, after some deliberation Rodriguez heeded the advice of those who said, “Are you insane?” and declined Iran’s invitation.

Rodriguez answers a question in an online Q&A session, August, 2006:
Q: "Might sound odd to some but I just want to ask straight forward: Who do you think was behind the attacks on 9/11?"
A: Rodriguez- “We are still investigating”

December, 2006: Rodriguez announces his conversion to Islam.
William Rodriguez: From 9/11 to Islam
If you haven’t heard it, it isn’t surprising. A quick google search doesn’t help much either. Seems the media doesn’t find much interest in stories that spin Islam in a way that contradicts the ‘official spin’. In any case, William Rodriguez was the last person to be pulled out of the rubble on 9/11 (interesting video here). He announced his conversion at the 2006 Texas Dawah. Another example of the power of Islam’s message. Source

The next guest on Irtiza's show requires special mention. William Rodriguez was the last person to be pulled out of the rubble on 9/11. He gave a moving account of the events of that day. He talked about his efforts to get a proper and true investigation of 9/11, about his testimony in front of Congress, and other achievements and recognitions. Then, he vowed [sic] the audience, by telling them that he had recently become a Muslim!! He said that the aim of American media was to criminalize all the Muslims, yet when he went to Malaysia, he received better treatment than he had ever received. He took shahada at the hands of Sheikh Yusuf Estes, Allahu Akbar! Source


Rodriguez has apparently ended his association with Jimmy Walter and the AFP crowd.* However, the messages he conveyed – spoken and unspoken – while traveling and speaking with those people lives on in the countries and cities he visited.

I don’t want to suggest that William Rodriguez is anti-Semitic or a Holocaust denier. Comments like Bollyn's above, claiming that Rodriguez has inside information about Israeli Mossad involvement in 9/11, should be taken with a whole box of salt. I do submit that Rodriguez's desire to make extreme, unsubstantiated claims about the U.S. government will continue to put him in the company of other irrational extremists. Any positive message he has to offer will be tainted if he associates with such miserable, hate-filled characters. The invitation to speak in Iran, which recently held a government-sponsored conference to question the Holocaust, featuring a “roll call of the world's most infamous Holocaust deniers,” should be a harsh wakeup call for Rodriguez.

*A book about Rodriguez to be published by First Amendment Books, a subsidiary of the neo-fascist American Free Press, never materialized. Source

Rodriguez did allow an article of his to be published by FAB in “Debunking 9-11.” His work appears beside that of four Holocaust deniers. Source