New York Times London Bureau Chief, John Fisher Burns, Dispels Decade-Long 9/11 Conspiracy Myth

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In an exclusive interview with Rebecca Costa, host of Countermeasures, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and London Bureau Chief for The New York Times, John Fisher Burns, set the record straight regarding claims by conspiracy theorists that The New York Times withheld early information regarding 9/11.

In an exclusive interview with Rebecca Costa, host of Countermeasures, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and London Bureau Chief for The New York Times, John Fisher Burns, set the record straight regarding claims by conspiracy theorists that The New York Times withheld early information regarding 9/11.

Burns, a world-acclaimed foreign correspondent, was researching a story on Osama Bin Laden in Yemen in the weeks leading up to 9/11. He noted an alarming change in public speeches given by Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders as early as January of 2001. In particular, Burns found language used in a declaration at Bin Laden’s son’s wedding troublesome: “We will make America weak in their own places. . .” As a result of the noticeable shift in rhetoric and Burns’ subsequent investigation, he filed a story with The New York Times on 9/9 which warned of a likely attack on U.S. soil.

Burns’ article was over 2500 words long, and on the same day he filed his story, an article describing the beginning of a trial in Afghanistan where Christians were charged with a death penalty offense was also submitted to The New York Times. According to Burns, there wasn’t space for two foreign office stories on the front page of the newspaper. Since Burns’ article was not time sensitive, the Times elected to put his story on the “over-held list” for two days. In one of the great ironies in journalism, The New York Times slated Burns’ article - which described a potential attack by Al Qaeda - to be published on the morning of 9/11.

In the decade following the tragedy of 9/11, conspiracy advocates have misconstrued facts regarding the delayed publication of Burns’ article. They cite the delay as proof that the media and government had advance knowledge of the attacks.    But Burns is quick to point out that his article broke on the evening of 9/10 on the early on-line version of The New York Times - evidence that there was no plan to withhold the information from the public.

When asked by the host of Countermeasures, Rebecca Costa, whether – based on his investigation in Yemen – he immediately suspected Al Qaeda was behind 9/11, Burns replied, “I was on leave, at my home in England, sitting next to my wife (when I saw the impact and damage to the World Trade Center). I immediately said to her – this is definitely Al Qaeda.”

The full interview with John Fisher Burns is available at http://empowerme.tv/countermeasures/ and http://www.rebeccacosta.com

About John Fisher Burns
John Fisher Burns is a British journalist and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. He is the London Bureau Chief for The New York Times and a frequent commentator on PBS. Burns is commonly referred to as “the dean of foreign correspondents” and is widely respected for his coverage on war and terrorism in the Middle East. In 1968, while working as The New York Times Bureau Chief in Beijing, Burns was incarcerated on suspicion of espionage. Charges were dropped after an investigation. Burns also served as the Bureau Chief in Moscow and won the 1978 George Polk Award for foreign reporting for his coverage of Africa.

About Rebecca D. Costa http://www.rebeccacosta.com
Rebecca Costa is a sociobiologist who offers a genetic explanation for current events and emerging trends. A new voice in the mold of Thomas Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell and Jared Diamond, Costa examines “the big picture”– tracing everything from terrorism, crime on Wall Street, epidemic obesity and upheaval in the Middle East to evolutionary imperatives. Retiring at the zenith of her executive career in Silicon Valley, Costa spent six years researching and writing The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction. The success of Costa’s book led to a weekly radio program in 2010 called The Costa Report as well as a weekly television news program called Countermeasures which was launched in 2011. A former CEO and founder of one of the largest marketing firms in Silicon Valley (sold in 1997 to J. Walter Thompson), Costa developed an extensive track record of introducing new technologies. Her clients included industry giants such as Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer, Oracle Corporation, Seibel Systems, 3M, Amdahl, and General Electric Corporation.

About Countermeasures
Countermeasures, with host Rebecca Costa, is a live weekly news program which examines the world’s most pressing issues from a politically neutral, agenda-free, vantage point. Each week, sociobiologist and author, Rebecca Costa, interviews a world expert while incorporating real- time viewer questions via a live chat room. Countermeasures as been praised for being the first “unscripted, live, truly interactive news program on the internet.” Countermeasures broadcasts live every Monday at 9AM Pacific Time on emPOWERme.tv. The program is produced by Vivify Media and Zylogic, Inc.

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