By Craig McKee
April Gallop’s legal battle to expose the real perpetrators of 9/11 is over. And now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit wants to turn the tables on the former U.S. Army specialist.
On Wednesday, the court dismissed Gallop’s appeal in a decision that came complete with sarcasm, conflict of interest, and obvious bias. The decision also came with a threat of sanctions on the basis that the case was frivolous and should never have been appealed in the first place.
Gallop launched her suit against former vice-president Dick Cheney, former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former of the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Richard Myers in 2008. She sought damages for injuries she and her son suffered during the alleged plane crash into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. In March 2010, a lower court threw the case out, stating that it was based on “cynical delusion and fantasy.”
Gallop’s suit contended that the three defendants – along with an unknown number of others – engaged in a criminal conspiracy to perpetrate a mass fraud on the American public and the world either by orchestrating the attacks or by allowing them to happen.
The fact that the lawsuit failed is not a big surprise; the deck was stacked against Gallop from the start. First, we learned that one of the three judges hearing the case was George W. Bush’s cousin, John M. Walker. Then we heard that an effort to have Walker removed from the case had been denied. At least they had the smarts not to have Walker write the decision, which was penned by Judge Jose A. Cabranes.
Here’s a key passage in the 10-page decision:
“As the sentient world well recalls, on the morning of September 11, 2001, “agents of the al Qaeda terrorist organization hijacked commercial airplanes and attacked the World Trade Center in New York City and the national headquarters of the Department of Defense in Arlington, Virginia.”
Did you catch the dripping sarcasm? “As the sentient world well recalls…” They might as well have said that anyone with a functioning brain knows Osama bin Laden did it. That might be fair comment from any member of the public, but from a court that is supposed to be unbiased?
The decision goes on to say: “Apart from these factual allegations, the Complaint hypothesizes a fantastical alternative history to the widely accepted account of the “explosion” that injured Gallop and killed hundreds of other men and women inside the Pentagon. Among other things, Gallop’s complaint alleges that American Airlines Flight 77 did not crash into the Pentagon – indeed, that no plane crashed into the Pentagon.”
I’m not a lawyer, but is the “wide acceptance” of the official story really significant – or even true? I don’t think so. I think there is plenty of evidence to contradict the government’s version of what happened, starting with then transportation secretary Norman Mineta telling the 9/11 Commission that Cheney was tracking a plane that was heading for the Pentagon – but did nothing to stop it. Maybe Mineta was delusional, too.
Obviously, one could argue both sides of the legal question. I’m not saying that Gallop’s case was airtight or that the decision was devoid of correct legal points – I’m in no position to do this. I acknowledge that her earlier lawsuit against American Airlines didn’t help with the current suit because it suggested an inconsistency. I do, however, find that Gallop was never going to get a fair shake from this or any other U.S. court.
The decision concludes with an order for Gallop and her lawyer, William Veale, to show why they should not be sanctioned for launching a baseless appeal. It points out that the Court has the authority to impose sanctions even without a request from the defendants that it do so. Let’s hope they quit while they’re ahead.
By the way, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “delusion” as being a “persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or person or persons outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary.”
I agree that someone in this situation is delusional; I just don’t think it’s April Gallop.