Daily Archives: September 23, 2011

Tony Bennett apologizes for 9/11 comments

Singer Tony Bennett arrives at the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Barbra Streisand in Los Angeles, February 11, 2011.

Reuters | Sep 21, 2011

by Danny Moloshok

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Singer Tony Bennett apologized on Wednesday for controversial comments he made in a radio interview that suggested the United States bore blame for provoking the September 11 attacks.

“There is simply no excuse for terrorism and the murder of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks on our country,” Bennett, 85, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The legendary “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” singer cited his service as a U.S. soldier in World War II, and said experiences such as fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and marching with Martin Luther King Jr. have made him “a life-long humanist and pacifist.”

“I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity and my desire for peace throughout the world,” he said.

Bennett commented on the September 11, 2001, attacks during an appearance on shock jock Howard Stern’s radio program, where the two discussed the planes flown into New York’s World Trade Centre by members of al Qaeda.

“They flew the plane in but we caused it,” Bennett said on the show. “Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.”

Bennett’s remarks caused a furore in the United States just as he launches his new album “Duets II,” which features a track he recorded with the late Amy Winehouse, and songs with Lady Gaga and Aretha Franklin.

Lupe Fiasco Talks 9/11 Conspiracy at New York Protest

“9/11, Building 7, Did they really pull it?”

More political talk from the outspoken MC.

BET | Sep 20, 2011

By Reggie Ugwu

Lupe Fiasco has been known to espouse some controversial views about American society and government, and over the weekend he put his money where his mouth is by attending a large protest rally in downtown New York. Dubbed “Occupy Wall Street,” the protesters say they were inspired by recent revolutions in the Arab world to use “mass occupation to restore democracy in America.”

While at the protest, Lupe was interviewed by an organization called We Are Change. He shared his views about the need to investigate 9/11 and the existence of a “New World Order.”

“There was never really a real, proper investigation,” Lupe said of 9/11 and the collapse of 7 World Trade Center or “Building 7,” which many conspiracy theorists maintain was detonated by the U.S. government. “It’s just something that always stood out as a sort of elephant in the room for me.”

Lupe Fiasco on Building 7, 911 truth and New World Order

Numerous public investigations by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and others have provided evidence that the lower levels of 7 World Trade Center caught fire after the North Tower fell and burned for hours before its eventual collapse. But on his song “Words I Never Said,” Lupe poked at the issue.

“9/11, Building 7, Did they really pull it?” he rhymed.

“I think the New World Order is something that is deliberate and in the public,” Lupe said, when asked about secret meetings by “elites” in order to consolidate power.

“I don’t think it’s as nefarious as a lot of people make it out to be. It’s just a lot of things that we silently allow to happen,” he said. Lupe cited average citizens who own stock in certain corporations via their 401(k) or who support ExxonMobile by filling up their gas tank as being complicit in the system that upholds the status quo.

Lupe clarified that he doesn’t want to push an agenda, but sees himself as a critical thinker.

“I’m not on any side of the fence,” he said at one point. “My thing is, let’s just get to the truth.”

Lupe Fiasco – The Illuminati & The Music Industry