In the summer of 2006, at the newly formed Journal of 9/11 Studies, we received a submission from a Canadian professor named Graeme MacQueen. The paper was entitled “118 Witnesses: The Firefighter’s Testimony to Explosions in the Twin Towers.” After peer-review comments were addressed, it was published and has become one of the most important articles in the 9/11 literature.
For the next seventeen years, Graeme went on to lead the 9/11 truth movement through his outstanding scholarship, his thoughtful approach, and his ability to instill trust in colleagues. Along with his remarkable intelligence and wide-ranging analytical skills, MacQueen’s dedication to peace and justice made him a force to be reckoned with. Although he became the leading expert on testimonies related to 9/11, including those from firefighters, first responders, and media sources, he contributed much more to the cause and his contributions will continue to light the way forward.
Our shared interests in 9/11 truth and Buddhism led us to become good friends. Graeme was an internationally recognized Buddhist scholar as I learned when reading random books on the subject at my local library. The text of a talk he gave at the University of Michigan in 1988, which he allowed me to publish on my blog years later, helped me to understand how he was different from other Buddhist leaders. He was the “unsmiling bodhisattva,” who did not act only with words—he put his whole life on the line for living beings.
In 2008, Graeme arrived in Bloomington, Indiana to give a presentation along with Canadian psychologist Laurie Manwell at the sold out Buskirk-Chumley Theater. His presentation, called “The Fictional Basis for the War on Terror,” was well-received and our discussions with Laurie in Bloomington initiated planning for a larger event to take place on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. That later event became the Toronto Hearings, which the three of us organized together with Adnan Zuberi and James Gourley.
Graeme and I went on to work together at other events to raise awareness, but also at the Journal of 9/11 Studies, where he authored several more groundbreaking papers including two focused on physical evidence. These were “The Missing Jolt: A Simple Refutation of the NIST-Bazant Collapse Hypothesis,” with engineer Tony Szamboti, and “Did the Earth Shake Before the South Tower Hit the Ground?”
A few years later Graeme became my co-editor at the Journal and served in that capacity for about five years. The deep respect people had for Graeme’s scholarship and his collaborative personality led to the submission of numerous excellent articles on various subjects. Due to his influence, we received submissions from esteemed philosopher John McMurtry, sociologist Edward Curtin, political scientist Peter Dale Scott, and attorney Stephen J. Looney, among others.
Graeme became recognized as a leading expert on 9/11 and, during this time, he published his highly influential book, The 2001 Anthrax Deception: The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy. The book establishes through careful analysis that the anthrax attacks were crimes committed by a group of people associated with the U.S. executive branch who were linked to, or identical with, those who committed the 9/11 crimes.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Graeme, from my perspective, is that he worked for peace and justice until his dying day. As with David Ray Griffin, who thought very highly of Graeme, he was diligent and very productive throughout the illness that took his life. He authored yet another book, this time in free, digital format that pulls together many of his most compelling writings. He completed interviews for an upcoming film that brings to light his tremendous contributions and undying commitment to peace. And he helped found a new organization that will lead research into the 9/11 crimes for many years to come.
Dr. Graeme MacQueen was a distinguished scholar and an exceptional human being long before I ever met him. Others who know more about his past will undoubtedly recount many remarkable aspects of his life. His founding of the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University is often cited as an accomplishment that represented his nature. I know that he authored or edited books on religion and non-violence and led peace initiatives in the war zones of Afghanistan, Croatia, Gaza, and Sri Lanka. He was also a dedicated husband and father and he often spoke of his wife and daughter.
Everyone who knew Graeme will miss him dearly. I’ll be forever grateful for his friendship and his leadership.
Kevin Ryan is a chemist, former laboratory director, and prominent voice in the 9/11 Truth movement. You can read more his work at his blog. You can also watch his testimony to the Toronto Hearings on 9/11 here, his video on the parallels between 9/11 and Covid here and his interview as part of our Covid19/11 series here.
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It is four weeks that our Dear Graeme MacQueen passed on, its still so unreal.
We had a meeting today to how best prepare his memorial tribute to honor such an extrordinary force for all that is good, pure and decent.
We all miss you so very much
Graeme, you are Loved from Here to Eternity and Beyond in The Great Forever
April 25, 2023 to May 3, 2023
It is now one week that the Great Graeme MacQueen passed on April 25, 2023 . It is so hard to believe, as we just spoke farewell on that day….. Still in shock and still in tears, he worked so very hard on trying to heal from this and yet still maintaining such grace, wisdom, dignity and humility…Deep Loving Friendships he shared with me and so many others with offering all of us and the world his great gifts found in his spectacular and stunning investigative body of work brought to light with his Beautiful Canadian form of expression so uniquely Graeme, Rest in Peace, Good Kind Man…With Love C & Family – Documentary Film Unit – New York
Thank you and rest in peace Professor Graeme MacQueen. Your decisive, irrefutable, stunning presentation on eyewitnesses to explosions at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 will become read about by history students many generations into the future…
Thank you Kevin, your tribute to Graeme is stunning. I also love this photograph of Graeme. How fortunate we all are to have known this beautiful Canadian Graeme MacQueen. Please join us at the memorial. Take care
April 25, 2023
My heart goes out to the MacQueen Family
I was so fortunate to have spoken again with Graeme that fateful morning of his final day on this earth. He had just sent me an email saying “Carol, It’s ok that I’m leaving this earth. I’m not afraid”. I cried with Graeme that fateful morning and I am still crying now…..
Graeme MacQueen is a “Man of Conscience”…The depth, breath and scope of his compelling body of writing and research work is conscience driven. Graeme’s fierce belief system compelled him to shine a laser beam against any form of fraud and injustice. Graeme was a Beautiful Man of Peace, generous, compassionate to all his friends and colleagues, teaching us real life lessons of wisdom and empathy along the way…I will forever cherish my friendship and honor his work including his latest
gem…..”The Pentagon’s B-Movie” found at ratical.org
I love you Graeme….
We all love and honor you…
May your Soul Rest in Peace in the Great Forever..
Carol & Family
Documentary Film Unit
PS. In New York we will hold a Memorial to honor Graeme MacQueen
Graeme’s brilliant investigative report 118 WITNESSES most are New York City Firefighters demolishes all other contrived FICTION fraudulently and poorly crafted by the U.S. Government. The FF were THERE, they WITNESSED and HEARD the SOUND of CONTROLLED DEMOLITION that is why the U.S. GOVERNMENT REFUSED to ALLOW the FDNY to INVESTIGATE and issue a REPORT on this so called FIRE to this day most FF some retired & others do NOT believe the GOV report of FICTION. Important to note that Graeme worked closely and deeply respected Kevin Ryan, Ted Walter, Richard Gage. Ed Curtin and so many others who have with firece discipline and steel determination devote their life to exposing the TRUTH!!!
how can you remember someone you dont know?
Well I guess you could read the article twice, then at least you’ll have heard of him the second time round?
A sad loss to 9/11 scholarship, but a wonderful contribution not to be forgotten.
I am so sad to read of this passing.
McQueen was someone I always listened to after watching my first 9/11 documentary (not the official story) in 2014 and started my awakening.
He had a great demeaner. Was obviously very intelligent and committed.
I noticed a few years ago, I believe on Corbett, that he was obviously sick. Recently, in an interview he mentioned that he “would not be around long enough” to see some fruits of the 9/11 truth come to fruition.
What a great contribution he has made to humanity.
Thank you, Kevin Ryan.
Greatly saddened to hear this news. R.I.P., Graeme McQueen. He was a good man, brave, honest, diligent, humane and knowledgeable, so of course he was ignored and marginalised, not to mention vilified by spooks, hacks and careerist toadies as a “conspiracy theorist”. (How much damage has been done by that horrible cant term, that thoughtstopper?)
It’s been a straight path from 9/11 to COUPVID. The progression was inevitable. The ruling class are on a roll. Back in 2003 when I was co-organising a conference to mark the second anniversary, I remember saying to my girlfriend, “If they can get away with this, they can get away with anything.” Two decades on, they are indeed getting away with anything. And everything.
Graeme McQueen’s last book was published earlier this year. The indispensable website Ratical.org has made it available as a free PDF:
The Pentagon’s B-Movie: Looking Closely at the September 2001 Attacks (2023):
Thank you Patrick
Thank you too, Carol. His soul goes marching on.
I think of Kevin as one of the first people to speak up, putting his job on the line for it.
The problem is that by not focusing on the first seven minutes of video footage after the second tower explosion the entire truth movement went down the “hijackers” rabbit hole. They spent all their energy pulling apart the hijacker story and constructing theories about what did happen instead of focusing on the abundant evidence for what DID NOT HAPPEN.
There was NO plane in the first seven minutes of the original footage from that day. There was no plane debris anywhere on the ground outside the towers for the HOUR that people were running around underneath a supposed “crash site”.
At approx. 7 minutes after the explosion in the second tower the footage began to be replayed this time with a blurry silhouette of a cartoon plane disappearing behind the towers followed by a big kaboom. Over the following days, the ghostplane videos emerged showing planes gliding into towers without impact but most footage concentrated on the far more spectacular collapse of TWO out of THREE towers.
I know the official position of OG is that details are “irrelevant” and that we are “missing the point of the articles if we debate details” and express our opinions on details.
I beg for permission to disagree. NO PLANES means NO HIJACKERS and ergo NO EXCUSE for 22 years of war on oil rich countries and Great Game countries with Muslim majority populations.
Most important is that No Planes mean media complicity at the highest level. It means the media were at the heart of the plot. This is something that the truth movement can’t handle. I will not spell out the implications.
Sarah, are you including the first plane that was conveniently captured by the two brothers filming a documentary in lower Manhattan? It was the plane that flew into the North Tower. The first plane.
Would that have been a fake also?
I don’t doubt any of it at this point. A huge s@#t show so tragic in it’s implications.
And the millions of lives lost in the ensuing years.
No. I refer to the second plane only.
The video of the first plane and first tower emerged days later and is clearly a creative work of art for various reasons.
I am talking about what was shown live. At the moment of the second explosion, there were already five or six news news helicopters up in the air at that moment. They literally had no other job than to stare at the towers and keep talking about them. At the moment of the explosion, they all said, “there seems to have been an explosion in the towers”. NOT ONE of the reporters in the helicopters mentioned an airplane. THey had to be informed by the studio that there was “reports” of a plane.
There was one reporter in the helicopter who sounded so puzzled when told about the “plane”. These videos were all on youtube and I had bookmarked them around 2016. In my ignorance, when I went back some years later to send to friends…..all my bookmarked videos had been removed. They were excellent compilations. Maybe still available somewhere.
Check out this video (live CNN coverage from the day, with a bit of ABC). It has different angles on the second plane.
Especially at around 01.15 where, because of a panicky caller, they don’t actually notice a second plane hitting the south tower. The other sequence (from further out) is also played later in the video
9/11. Second plane hits South Tower (2001, CNN Coverage)
I’ve seen this and it is a creatively edited video synced to original audio. (That’s why this video is still allowed on youtube).
How do we know this?
We see the second plane flying in at least THREE TIMES just in the first five minutes, duh.
At 1:15 (9:03am),
At 4:46 (9:06)
At 5:17 (9:07)
If it’s all live unedited video you would see ONE plane ONCE. Seeing it three times in only five minutes means there’s a whole lot of editing going in the visual but NOT in the audio.
At 1:15 (9:03am) “Winston” is talking about the first “plane” but neither the reporter nor Winston mention a second plane when the second explosion occurs, even though it’s described as “spectacular”.
The reporter even says that “perhaps the fusillage (of the first plane) has somehow caused a second explosion.
At 3:03 (9:04 am) the studio reporter says: we are getting reports from the “producer” that there may be a second plane yet the people in the chopper don’t advise the studio they saw a plane???
The first time the reporter mentions a second plane is at 4:48 (9:06am).
(You have “Winston” tallking about how the first plane “went inside the building” ….how does that even happen lol)
Then you see the plane a FOURTH time at 8:33 (9:10am).
The live crash was at 01:15. The others were clearly replays (a common feature of live TV).
The commentary (which you concede as valid) even prefaces them as such:
04:40 “We’re going to take a look at video tape, just moments ago …”
08:26 “in fact we’ve got some tape replay …”
The ‘live’, or otherwise (‘Earlier’, ‘Moments ago’), in the top left corner gives additional clues
01:15 ‘Live’ in the top left corner
05:17 Top left of screen shows ‘Earlier’
07:46 No ‘live’ in the top left corner
08:30 ‘Moments ago’
The switch of live stream at 01:17 did cause some confusion initially for the reporter/Winston.
It seems pretty clear to the unprejudiced eye what happened
It’s clear to the prejudiced eye what they must believe.
On its first stage appearance in this edited video you see a huge ass cartoon “passenger” plane flying at fighter jet speeds and nobody even mentions it 😂
Do you remember the plane shaped cut outs in both towers ? They imply that the fragile 1 mm thick airframes cut slots in the massive steel facade of the towers and disappeared into those slots. Something more suited to coyote/roadrunner comic books than to reality governed by Newtonian physics.
Interestingly an Israeli group of art students calling themselves Gelatine or the B Thing rented a whole floor of the North tower just before 9/11. That floor was among those “impacted” by “AA 11”.
The ‘Gelatine’ connection does sound interesting.
Maybe the first plane flew in through the weak point – the roof? The second exploding outside
Something very striking (in fact, positively bizarre) about the first six minutes of this live TV coverage:
Why does CNN’s “news chopper” not circle the Twin Towers to show the full extent of the damage done by the first impact? Why does the pilot instead make a point of hovering “at rest” in the exact position — the only position! — where the damaged North Tower completely hides the South Tower?
Why go out of your way to conceal one of the Twin Towers behind the other?
Why carry on doing so even after the second Tower gets visibly damaged?
Note too that there’s no mention of any damage done by falling airplane-parts to people, cars etc. in the busy streets below, and no attempt by the ‘copter cameraman to look down at those streets, to fly lower and closer, or to film any such damage. Nor does the CNN newsroom anchor even ask him to!
Remember that these are professional news reporters. Aren’t they at least a wee bit curious?
What is the point of keeping the ‘copter immobile in mid-air for so long?
Was this live TV report, truthfully, filmed from a helicopter at all?
Bingo! You noticed the remarkable coincidence that EVERY live professional news camera between 8:45 and 9:20 am on that day in New York was on one side of the towers and the tower was between the “plane” and the camera.
I do believe the footage is from helicopters because that was clear from the audio in the tapes removed from youtube. The helicopter reporters did not talk about a second plane at all until ordered to do so by the studio. You can also see the frame of the helicopter at some points in the video above. You could hear the dialogue between the studo and helicopter.
I imagine that for “national security” purposes, the airspace was already tightly controlled and that helicopter pilots had been told by the FAA to stay on one side.
The traffic helicopters can’t and don’t go so close to the skyscrapers but there is miles of live footage directly from the ground underneath the towers before the collapse showing a complete absence of any diasaster zone outside the towers. People are strolling around and asking each “did you see what happened” lol
Osama controlled physics as we know and made the “planes” glide into the towers like ghosts.
The camera quality is lower for the first plane, but it’s possible to watch the footage in slow motion and a high zoom.
If you do, then it’s clear that something first strikes the very top right corner of the building, causing a bit of smoke to rise there and would then appear to actually ENTER the building before fully exploding.
If anyone has ever tried to film a bird in flight, then they’ll know why the first plane wasn’t fully visible (and only as a faint blur)
Those of us there watching live mustve witnessed a collective hallucination. smh. Please spare us the no planes nonsense on a page dedicated to the memory of a great human being we’ve lost.
Another person fighting the good fight:
Right at the end, Dr. MacQueen inadvertently puts his finger on the central problem when he references the “story.” He says those opposing the official “story” do have a very compelling counter “story”: the death and destruction wrought upon totally innocent people in the Middle East.
That story, however compelling, ends…where the ears of the American people begin. People by and large don’t give a rat’s ass about death and destruction visited upon “other” people in “other” lands.
End of story.
When we started out in 2006 I was naively hopeful. Nevertheless, great work Graeme.
After 22 years we still have the official narrative in place despite the solid and irrefutable evidence to the contrary. It will remain that way methinks just like 22/11/1963. To this day I still ask people how many buildings collapsed on 11/9/2001 and to this day 99% of them still say only 2. It goes to show that a majority either don’t care or just want to get on with their lot in life. Not interested. Even when I correct them and bring up Building 7 they don’t even blink an eyelid. RIP Graeme MacQueen.
WTC 7 was the one thing that caused my mum to hesitate with a momentary awe when I told her about it. Then she forgot.
20+ years of digging away at 9/11. 60 years of diging away at JFK. All for naught as far as the general population is concerned. The “official account” (which is more of a fantastical vague creature) still holds. Why? Because it is constantly being reinforced through the entertainment field which is everywhere and continuous.
There is the other side of that equation. They KNEW exactly what the American people wanted to hear; and that’s what they told them. Isn’t that what the “suits” behind any movie do?
I would like to think that these days if normies were questioned about the JFK assassination they would concede there was probably some CIA involvement in it, but that was aaaaages ago, and not relevant now…
But then I hardly talk to normies these days.
They just go to the fact checking fat cheque sites that have all the answers one at a time. They never consider the huge amount of questionable details in total.
“fat cheque sites”
Thanks for that. I will steal it and use it.
The Three Twin Towers
The Miraculously Vanishing Airliner
The Nineteen Deathloving Superstudents
…the entire Official Yarn is an insult to the intelligence of a budgie.
As I’ve posted ad nauseam, I quickly dubbed the ostensible culprits “The Nineteen Lone Nuts”.
Right. And presumably those Nineteen Lone Nuts encountered each other by chance on those four airliners, perhaps while lamenting the slowness of the drinks trolley. (“Nice to meet you, Mister… Eh, Atta, is that right? This is indeed a happy coincidence. I too have always dreamt of killing myself along with thousands of innocent strangers, to glorify Allah, show Amrika who’s boss, and improve the lives of Muslims everywhere. What could possibly go wrong? Let’s roll!”
Only a paranoid conspiracy theorist would theorise that those Nineteen Lone Nuts had in fact conspired beforehand.
Only a paranoid conspiracy theorist would theorise that members of the ruling class ever tell lies, much less meet up and make plans that are not nice for everybody.
Zombies and Sheep…
Rest In Peace Graeme.
RIP, Dr. MacQueen.
I appreciate Ryan’s heartfelt and touching eulogy, but I would also appreciate an obituary.
I assume that Dr. MacQueen’s “dying day” was recent, but a search brings up no links concerning his passing– just multiple links to Ryan’s remembrance.
Edit: I just saw the Edward Curtin article here that mentions that Dr. MacQueen died yesterday. I’d delete this if I could.
The “yesterday” noted in Mr. Curtin’s eulogy perhaps should not be taken literally. This is because Mr. Curtin’s poem appeared yesterday on globalresearch.ca. Also, I just checked Mr. Curtin’s website and it was posted there on the 25th. So perhaps Dr. MacQueen died on the 24th?
OK, thanks. I think an editor might’ve suggested that this tribute begin with a simple clichéd informational sentence, to wit:
On April X, 2023, Dr. Graeme MacQueen passed away after a long battle with _______.
Have you searched McGill University, Ort?
Thanks, this is all I was asking for.
I’m not sure why this link wasn’t presented in the searches I did for “Graeme MacQueen obituary” on a few different search sites.
I should’ve checked Legacy.com directly, since local newspaper websites use it; it just didn’t occur to me that it might be listed there. Thanks again!
No problem. It was only published today.
Graeme MacQueen passed on Tuesday April 25, 2023 as noted on the date of my post and noted by his family on Legacy. Ed Curtain’s poignant poem was published on April 25, 2023
RIP Graeme. Discovered him some years ago on the Adam Curtis series, which reminds me of another scholar who appeared also on these series and who died in 2020: John F. Manley.
Your alternative update on #COVID19 for 2023-04-26. Lockdown shifted $4T in wealth from middle class to 500 new billionaires, old billionaires wealth up by 30% (blog, gab, tweet).
RIP, Graeme, your work has been remarkable, particularly re the “explosive testimonies” of the WTC eyewitnesses and the “anthrax” matter.