RICK SIEGEL - unforgettable mega shill
I just realized that this "TRUTHERS AND SHILLS" section of our forum lacks a thread dedicated to the most spectacularly bold / blatant yet insidious "truther"-shilll of them all : the alleged "amateur 9/11 videographer" Rick Siegel. I was reminded of the clown today by the good Joan Edwards over at Fetzer's "REAL DEAL" blogspot. Hopefully, you will all enjoy reading this little piece of historical 'drama' leading up to the gradual exposure of the fake 9/11 imagery - which, as we will see, must have caused some panic among the MSM gatekeeping crowd...
Little did I know about this fellow Rick Siegel's background as I signed up to "911researchers.com" - a discussion forum that Rick had founded. This was back in late 2006 / early 2007, as I was still working on September Clues v.1.0 (which I first released - on Livevideo.com - on June 5, 2007). At the time, Siegel's forum was one of only two places on the internet (along with Killtown's "911movement.org" forum) to allow any discussions about image fakery, or rather, about "NPT"(No-Plane-Theory") as it was called back then.
All I knew about Siegel at the time was that he had produced a (crappy) 9/11 'conspiracy'-movie named "911 EYEWITNESS" - which starred Siegel himself in the guise of a "private citizen who - allegedly - filmed the WTC1 collapse from Hoboken, New Jersey". In fact, Siegel's collapse imagery was - at the time - the ONLY EXISTING supposed "amateur" collapse 'video' with a name attached to it. Yes, there were maybe 2 or 3 other blurry (alleged "amateur") collapse videos circulating back then, but they were anonymous (uncredited) and featured (Steven Rosenbaum's) "CAMERA PLANET" watermark.
However, I soon started wondering why Siegel, the "911researchers.com" administrator never seemed to perform any research at all. All he did was posting silly gossip, vapid or/and provocatory comments - and whatnot. But since this was one of only two forums which tackled issues related to my own 9/11 research, I hung around there hoping to get some of my ideas across to its readers - and to learn good stuff from the forum's best contributors. And suddenly, around mid-2007, all hell broke loose... Please stay with me, because this gets pretty funny - knowing what we know today here on Cluesforum.
As it happened, Siegel had started viciously attacking the author ("Sophia Shafquat" - aka "Sofia Smallstorm") of another 9/11 'conspiracy' movie, "911 MYSTERIES". Siegel accused Sofia (who had used parts of his purported WTC1 collapse video) of having "tampered with it" (you've gotta love it!... tampering with fake footage!) - and was even threatening her with a big lawsuit !
Next, Siegel was himself accused (by another 911 "truther" clown, John Albanese) of having viciously harassed a "9/11 victim family member", namely, the infamous Ellen Mariani (who has since been exposed as a fraud / impostor). That Siegel-Albanese "feud" (a crass dog-and-pony show) even made it to the New York Post :
9/11 SKEPTICS’ LUNATIC FRINGE - by Andrea Peyser (July 16, 2007)
THIS time, they’ve gone too far. A group of 9/11 conspiracy theorists – whackos who deny that jumbo jets brought down the World Trade Center – is on the attack. But their latest target isn’t the government, which they claim destroyed the buildings with explosives.
They’re using a vicious Internet assault to pick on an elderly widow.
“They’re dirty sons of bastards! They are not real men,” feisty Ellen Mariani, 69, told me. Ellen lost her husband aboard United 175 on Sept. 11, 2001.
“They have no respect for women, no respect for the dead and no respect for little children who now have been orphaned.”
The Web site is the work of a Rick Siegel, who hawks DVDs that purport to prove the trade center’s destruction was an inside job. He is partners with Nico Haupt, who is known for sending blistering e-mail rants to trade-center survivors.
My attempts to reach both men were fruitless.
http://nypost.com/2007/07/16/911-skepti ... ic-fringe/
(It later turned out that Rick Siegel was good friends with Andrea Peyser, the author of the above NYP article!... )
Shortly after, Rick Siegel's "911rearchers.com" forum was shut down, reportedly via 'legal actions' by John Albanese himself...
"911researchers.com Website Shut Down" : http://arabesque911.blogspot.it/2007/07 ... -down.html
Observant readers may have noticed that all this 'dire drama' played out soon after my June 5, 2007 release date of September Clues. Oh, well...
So who exactly, you may ask, IS this Rick Siegel character? WHO EXACTLY IS this man who claims to have filmed the WTC1 collapse with his own little camera from the shores of Hoboken which, at the time, was the ONLY EXISTING such "amateur footage" claimed by an identifiable person? What is this man's background?
Well, please meet the CEO of ONLINE TV, the first online video network broadcasting 24 Hours a day from Europe and the USA using advanced proprietary software and paid membership driven technology.
"Online TV Networks CEO Rick Siegel Interviewed on Squawk Box (NBC)"
full link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgWX_j0QKXE
And here's another Rick Siegel interview:
"Rick Siegel Interviewed On Launch of Windows 95"
full link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkp3k-GWDRo
Enough said? Hope you all enjoyed this little summary/review - for the historical record.
For further related details and updates :
JIM KOSIOR - the "2010 version" of RICK SIEGEL: http://www.cluesforum.info/viewtopic.ph ... 4#p2361064
WHY DOES CLUESFORUM EXIST?: http://www.cluesforum.info/viewtopic.ph ... 7#p2389447