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Deanna Spingola
April 5, 2007

The White House targeted officials at Brigham Young University (BYU) in January to offer Dick Cheney�s speaking services at their Commencement exercises on April 26, 2007. I seriously question Cheney�s prerogative and motives in his offer to BYU, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Is this an attempt to clean-up his image, mix politics with religion, gain a silent endorsement for war-mongering actions, or wage a struggle for his own political survival or to discretely discredit Professor Steven Jones who retired early from BYU.

BYU had placed Professor Jones on six weeks paid leave, beginning on September 7, 2006, in order to review his statements about the physics behind the collapse of the three towers on September 11. Dr. Jones and BYU reached an amicable retirement agreement on October 20, 2006 effective January 1, 2007. Dr. Jones said: "My stewardship is to get people thinking about and studying these things. I have my stewardship, and I'm going to keep going at it doggedly. The administrators (at BYU) have their stewardship. We both were just doing our best in our stewardships, and I'm not mad at them at all. I sense it is a friendly type of arrangement. It's probably the best thing, and we'll move on. I feel good about it."[1]

The government has made every attempt to discourage further investigation of the events of 9/11, the American Reichstag fire. After all, they immediately confiscated all videos, told Americans exactly what occurred within 24 hours of the events and then disposed of all the evidence. We had the perpetrator's pictures, histories, flight school records, everything a vulnerable, frightened populace needed to know - case closed, move on. The intense fires were the cause of the building collapses, so we were told. A shocked America hung on every word, wanting answers to ease their anxieties.

Upon further analytical examination of pictures, video, eye witness testimonies and critical thinking, a few astute people began asking legitimate questions. However, many accept the government's version, assisted by the media - it is easier and allows people to remain in their cozy comfort zones. Skeptics are routinely vilified. Trusting conformists, confident and distracted by "conservative" talk radio and Faux Network news contend against orchestrated opposition - those anti-war liberal Democrats who don't support the troops. I am neither Republican nor Democrat, both of which totally ignore the constitution at the expense of personal freedoms.

"A society whose citizens refuse to see and investigate the facts, who refuse to believe that their government and their media will routinely lie to them and fabricate a reality contrary to verifiable facts, is a society that chooses and deserves the Police State Dictatorship it's going to get." -- Ian Williams Goddard

Did the BYU Board of Trustees accept Cheney's offer out of obligation to his political office? How does one tactfully, delicately decline the request of a sitting vice president? BYU is in a very unfortunate situation. Universities, especially those that are church-owned, select inspirational speakers who also function as excellent roll models. Cheney, a globalist Republican politician, first and foremost, may consider this a bonus political soap box. Cheney found Utah much more Republican-friendly when he campaigned there in 2003, before the Iraqi death statistics soared into the hundreds of thousands and before news of the phosphorous used against the citizens of Fallujah.

Will the board's acceptance be viewed as BYU's unvoiced endorsement of the Republican Party and the current administration's unconstitutional activities such as: national ID, the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, rendition flights and torture, concentration camp construction, ignoring the Geneva Conventions, invasion and occupation of other countries, the use of depleted uranium, obliterating the north and south borders to establish the North American Union, catering to lobbyists, granting no-bid contracts to friends, unauthorized searches, defining ordinary citizens as terrorists, suspension of habeas corpus, CAFTA, Military Commissions Act, or the genocidal destruction perpetuated against the innocent, poverty-stricken citizens of other countries carried out in the name of spreading democracy or fighting false-flag terror? Many fail to question these circumstances for fear of appearing anti-American.

I frequently hear from military people who have embraced the government's justification for invasive war. Many have used the analogy that if my neighbor were being brutalized by her husband, would I withhold assistance? No, I would not withhold appropriate assistance. I would also not cluster bomb the entire neighborhood, destroy all infrastructure and kill all the residents to solve the problem.

Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the LDS Church said the following on the Larry King show in 1998: "The church does not become involved in politics. We don't favor any candidate. We don't permit our buildings to be used for political purposes. We don't favor any party." "The church has meticulously guarded its political neutrality, and has gone to great lengths to avoid even the appearance of political activism. Statements are read from Church pulpits each election time regarding the duty of members to participate in the election process; and Church scriptures admonish members to seek "good and wise and honest" individuals to fulfill public office, and even seek to preserve the United States Constitution, but official Church endorsement of political parties and individuals is absolutely eschewed by Church leadership."[2]

Will Cheney honor this neutrality policy? Does he abide by the constitution that he swore to uphold or does he maintain his long-time loyalties to the Council on Foreign Relations, a secretive society whose goal is to create a tyrannical one world government? A tree is known by its fruit. Answering Larry King's question about Bill Clinton, President Hinckley said: "He's the president of the United States. There's a right way; there's a wrong way. There's truth; there is mischief; there's evil. I don't think it's asking too much of any public officer to stand tall and be a model before the people, not only in the ordinary aspects of leadership, but in the way -- the manner in which he conducts himself."[3]

It was relatively easy to influence the religious after the contrived Clinton shenanigans that were designed to disgust the devout. Religious rhetoric and claims of conservative compassion swayed the vulnerable masses. However, if one ignores the monopoly propaganda and begins to evaluate the numerous, questionable circumstances since January 2001 one will find huge inconsistencies. There are times when individuals must take a stand for what is right regardless of its unpopularity and dire consequences such as Helmuth Huebener. Americans cannot kill others through large-scale warfare without affecting our collective morality. Our national heart, once compassionate, has turned to stone assisted by the pervasive war hawk mentality promoted as pro-American. I cringe when I hear people repeating the popular media mumbo jumbo that our troops are fighting for our freedoms.

Church leaders have the moral responsibility to teach principles not preach politics, critique national personalities, or mount investigations into government corruption. Churches may collectively serve the storm-afflicted, poverty-stricken in this country or other countries by providing education, food and resources for rebuilding. This activity should be and can be financially accomplished without government intervention (control) or enforced charity using the taxpayer's money through unconstitutional faith-based initiatives. Individuals should embrace moral principles and then govern themselves. Christians serve - they should not brutally trample others to establish superiority whether on a personal level or country against country.

Corrupt governments consistently manipulate religious groups in order to win favor for their nefarious deeds. "Religious people are the most gullible, as their capacity for 'belief' can readily be twisted into the suspension of disbelief. Their loyalty to the faith makes them reluctant to question the need for obedience to an earthly leader."[4] In addition, they are unconvinced that someone they trusted would actually commit crimes against them. Most Christians would never think of intentionally, individually harming others so they suppose that anyone who claims to be a Christian is of the same mentality.

"In May of 2001, by presidential order, Cheney was handed direct control of all war-game and drill operations. This meant he was solely in charge of the overlapping NORAD drills and war games on the morning of 9/11 that prevented Standard Operating Procedure from being implemented, and any of the hijacked planes being intercepted."[5] Since the creation of NORAD, a joint Canadian United States venture, the order to shoot down an aircraft has always been the responsibility of the military Generals. On June 1, 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney ordered Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to allow him (Cheney) to take control of NORAD and the shoot down procedure and remove that power from the Generals.[6]

Purportedly, we are engaged in war because of the events of 9/11. A critical look at Cheney's behavior on 9/11 would provide valid reasons why he should not speak at any school's commencement. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta appeared before the belated 9/11 Commission on May 23, 2003.

"On May 23, 2003 you testified before the 9/11 Commission in public hearing as to your experience on the morning of 9/11/01. "During your testimony you stated that you arrived at the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) underneath the East Wing of the White House 'at about 9:20 a.m.,' at which time Vice President Richard Cheney and other staff were already present in the center, with Mr. Cheney clearly in command. You also state in your testimony that you had believed based on a conversation that took place between Mr. Cheney and an unnamed 'young man' that a shoot down order had been given by the Vice President prior to your arrival, because, in your words..."

"There was a young man who had come in and said to the vice president, 'The plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out.' And when it got down to, 'The plane is 10 miles out, 'the young man also said to the vice president, 'Do the orders still stand?' And the vice president turned and whipped his neck around and said, 'Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?'"[7]

"You made it clear during your testimony to the Commission that you had arrived at the PEOC prior to the Pentagon attack and that the plane the young man was referring to was Flight 77 that reportedly hit the Pentagon at 9:37. Your testimony made it clear that you were not confusing flight 77 and flight 93, which crashed at 10:10 a.m. in Shanksville, Pennsylvania."[8] See the video entitled "Mineta tells 9/11 Commission Cheney knew exact flight path." Cheney knew!!!!

Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho or BYU-I), a four year school, was known as Ricks College from 1923 until 2000.[9] It is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brady Howell grew up in Sugar City, Idaho and attended Ricks College where he obtained an associate degree in 1997. He was a son any parent could be proud of - an Eagle Scout and had been student body president.[10] After Ricks, he attended Utah State University and received a bachelor's degree in political science. He and his wife, Elizabeth Anderson Howell, then moved to Syracuse, New York where Brady obtained his master's degree in public administration at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.[11]

They moved to the Washington DC area where Brady worked for the Chief of Naval Operations as a civilian naval intelligence watch analyst. "Brady was moved into the newly renovated section of the Pentagon, a few days prior to September 11th, 2001."[12] Renovations were due to be completed on September 16th, 2001. However, the renovated part of the pentagon was ostensibly five days from re-occupancy. He worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), the entity that often monitors war-games. They were "likely to have been monitoring the secret War Games, and would have been the first to realize the war games were a ruse in order to attack NYC."[13]

On September 10, 2001 Rumsfeld announced that the Pentagon could not account for $2.3 trillion. It was forgotten the following morning. Accountants, bookkeepers and budget analysts who were in the section of the Pentagon being renovated met their unexpected deaths. Brady Howell was one of those unfortunate victims. His body was found a week later.[14] The destruction of accounting facts and figures will prevent discovery of where that money went. I am quite certain someone knows where it is. I am also certain that this is not merely gross incompetence but private treasonous seizure of public funds.[15]

On December 21, 2001 Elizabeth "Liz," Brady's wife carried the Olympic torch and handed it to George W. Bush at a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. Later, she carried the United States banner during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.[16] Brady and his wife, Liz, had been married for four years.

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It is my humble opinion, and in respect for the memory of Brady Howell and all of the other Pentagon victims, BYU should seriously study the facts and reconsider the decision to have Cheney represent their ideals to the graduating class on April 26. There is a petition online - please consider signing it! Your religious affiliations are insignificant - your church or church school may be next - take a stand for America!


1, BYU professor in dispute over 9/11 will retire Jones had been placed on leave 6 weeks ago By Tad Walch
2, "Talking Points" Regarding Vice President Dick Cheney's Invitation to Speak at BYU Commencement by Scott Bradley
3, Larry King Live, Gordon Hinckley: Distinguished Religious Leader of the Mormons, Aired September 8, 1998
4, Chris North, Thoughts on Religion and Government
5, War-games Were Cover For the Operational Execution of 9/11 See also Crossing the Rubicon by Michael C. Ruppert, p 333, Statement by the President Domestic Preparedness Against Weapons of Mass Destruction, May 8, 2001
6, Norman Mineta's Testimony Proves 9/11 Was an Inside Job - The Dick Cheney Stand-Down Order
7, 9/11 Commission testimony of Secretary Mineta from May 23, 2003 (see day 2: full transcript, p. 11-13) as reported by the 9/11 Truth Movement
8, 9/11 Commission testimony of Secretary Mineta from May 23, 2003 (see day 2: full transcript, p. 11-13) as reported by the 9/11 Truth Movement
9, Brigham Young University-Idaho
10, Brady K. Howell, Washington Post
11, Information received from BYU-Idaho/Ricks College on March 30, 2007
12, 6 D.C. aides to join relay, By Lee Davidson, Deseret News Washington correspondent
13, Did Flight 77 really crash into the Pentagon?
14, 6 D.C. aides to join relay, By Lee Davidson, Deseret News Washington correspondent
15, The War On Waste Defense Department Cannot Account For 25% Of Funds - $2.3 Trillion
16, Remarks by Administrator O'Keefe at Brigham Young University-Idaho, 09.18.03, Brady Howell Memorial Address, Taylor Chapel, Rexburg, Idaho

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Deanna Spingola has been a quilt designer and is the author of two books. She has traveled extensively teaching and lecturing on her unique methods. She has always been an avid reader of non-fiction works designed to educate rather than entertain. She is active in family history research and lectures on that topic. Currently she is the director of the local Family History Center. She has a great interest in politics and the direction of current government policies, particularly as they relate to the Constitution.

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It is my humble opinion, and in respect for the memory of Brady Howell and all of the other Pentagon victims, BYU should seriously study the facts and reconsider the decision to have Cheney represent their ideals to the graduating class on April 26.