Bringing Truth to the Youth: AE911Truth University Outreach Repeats its Success at St. Mary’s College Print
Written by Hoda El Hamrouni   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 21:06

The explosive 9/11 evidence may be coming to a college near you. AE911Truth will be targeting the college speaking circuit in 2012, and there are plenty of ways you can help. Here is how one professor has made a difference for the last five years.

Yes… for five years in a row, Professor John Dragstedt of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, has invited us to speak in his special January session. This two-week time of focus between semesters is designed to educate students on a specific area of study for 2 ½ hours each day, and Professor Dragstedt has chosen to focus on the 9/11 attacks. The experts at AE911Truth, along with several other local SF Bay Area 9/11 authors and researchers, such as Paul Rea, Mickey Huff, and Jim Hoffman, come in and teach the class for him.

Only a few of these St Mary’s college students had heard of the questions surrounding the official 9/11 story prior to attending Prof. Dragstedt’s class – taught on this day by AE911Truth

The day we chose to speak this year was January 19, a crisp California morning on a beautiful campus. We greeted 42 groggy-eyed students who could not have been ready for such overwhelming explosive evidence to wake them up.

Think about our problem: These students were only nine years old on September 11, 2001. Thus, the WTC catastrophe did not have the same emotional impact for them as it did for many adults. For them, it is history – not a current event. They have been taught in school, and accepted with few questions, the myth of the official conspiracy theory. By a show of hands in this day’s class, most of them hadn’t even heard alternative theories regarding the destruction of the WTC skyscrapers.

At the end of the lecture… 31 out of 42 students indicated agreement with the evidence for controlled demolition … none of them continued to support the government’s official story

Hence, we find it extremely important to reach young people with the truth about 9/11 and feel that they may, in fact, be the hope for awakening the larger sleeping public – if only we can get their interest ignited. The day’s presenter, Richard Gage, AIA, noted afterward, “My goal today was to wake them up to the reality that they, along with their parents, had been duped. This awareness can generate the passion to want to be active and to do something about the problem.”

After Gage’s presentation, no one in the classroom continued to support the official story of the WTC catastrophe

Indeed, a million Muslims have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Americans have lost many civil liberties, because of the lies regarding 9/11. I’m upset about the ongoing effect of these lies, and that’s one of the reasons I volunteer with AE911Truth and visited America for the first time to see AE911Truth in action. I will be starting an AE911Truth Action Group in my home country, Tunisia, in Northern Africa. Both Arabic and French are spoken there, two languages into which the AE911Truth materials have now been translated.

The live 9/11: Blueprint for Truth presentation has been given at over 140 colleges around the world

At the beginning of the multimedia presentation, Gage introduced the importance of truly understanding the 9/11 events, and asked the students about their knowledge base – which was pretty much what they had been taught in grade school.

In our first “poll,” there were no surprises. The number of students who believed in the official government story regarding the WTC and the explanation of collapse by plane impacts and fires far outnumbered those who were aware of and in agreement with the evidence for controlled demolition by a tally of 18 to three. Interestingly, 21 of the students polled stated that they were unsure.

These high-rises were obviously destroyed by controlled demolition

Gage then presented the explosive evidence for the destruction of all three WTC skyscrapers – which appeared quite compelling to me – which corroborated the hypothesis of controlled demolition. But, let’s see what the students thought.

At the end of the lecture, we took a second poll to see if there was any movement in the students’ awareness. I was amazed to see that many of the students who initially agreed with the government’s story seemed to have changed their minds about it, with 31 out of 42 students indicating agreement with the evidence for controlled demolition. The remaining 11 students remained unsure about it, and none of them continued to support the government’s official story.

Simon Kwon was convinced by the scientific evidence of controlled demolition by the end of the lecture

Some students were interviewed after the presentation, providing us with their insight and shedding light on their thinking.

Simon Kwon, a 19-year-old student, said that “these high-rises were obviously destroyed by controlled demolition,” and that “it must have been planned far in advance by a government conspiracy to plunge mankind into confusion for specific political reasons.” I let him know that he should confirm such theories with further research, and that author David Ray Griffin has written some excellent background reading for him to review outside of class.

I initially rejected the controlled demolition theory, but I’m now skeptical

Kathryn Isip, another 19-year old-student, confessed that she “had no knowledge about 9/11 truth before the lecture.” She knew “only what she had watched on TV about the official theory,” adding that after carefully listening to the presentation, she “started to believe in the controlled demolition theory.”

While Alex Montes previously subscribed to the official 9/11 narrative, the presentation left him questioning the government’s explanation of events

St. Mary’s student Alex Montes was also moved by the compelling evidence laid out by AE911Truth. “I initially rejected the controlled demolition theory, but I’m now skeptical [of the official account],” Montes said.

It appears as if Gage, whose goal here was to engender passion in the students, will have to wait for these seeds to sprout – though they seem to have landed on fertile ground at least.

On the other hand, Professor Dragstedt, who has enough passion for himself and all his students put together, continued working on their understanding over the next week as they peered into the numerous other remaining issues associated with the officially misrepresented events of 9/11, “not the least of which,” Dragstedt noted, “is the betrayal of the families of the victims lost.” There is plenty of fuel there to get students fired up!

Professor Dragstedt (right), noted for his unorthodox views on this conservative college campus, has been teaching about 9/11 ever since the WTC high-rises came down. He was joined on this occasion by Richard Gage, AIA (left) and Hoda El Hamrouni (center).

Gage’s presentation made it apparent that Americans and others around the world have been deceived by government agencies and the media regarding the 9/11 events, and the exposure of these lies is necessary to identify the perpetrators of these crimes and bring them to justice.

As Thomas Jefferson stated, “It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.” Yet, it is quite evident that extraordinary efforts must be undertaken by professors like Dragstedt and organizations like AE911Truth in order to successfully convey the reality of 9/11 to the public and inspire them so that they will demand a new investigation. Only then, when people en masse become active, is the government likely to heed our calls for justice. Our hope may very well be in awakening the sleeping giant of our college-age youth. Join us on the College Outreach Team and get active at a campus near you!