Victory for Decency: Ban Ki-moon ‘condemns’ U.N. Palestine expert for denying 9/11 terror attacks

In reply to UN Watch’s protest, which led to this NY Daily News editorial, we just received the following letter from the U.N., in which — for the first time ever — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns U.N. Palestine expert Richard Falk for his denial of the 9/11 terror attacks:


24 January 2011

Dear Mr. Neuer,

In response to your letter to the Secretary-General dated 20 January 2011 on the subject of a recent blog post by Mr. Richard Falk, the Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967:

You are aware, no doubt, that the Special Rapporteurs and other independent experts who represent the Human Rights Council are appointed by the Council, not by the Secretary-General. Their continuance in their jobs is thus for the Council to decide.

That said, I feel very strongly that these representatives, however eminent they may be in their fields, have a clear responsibility to uphold the high standards of the United Nations and the Council.

You specifically refer to Mr. Falk’s allegations of an “apparent cover-up” related to the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The Secretary-General condemns these remarks. He has repeatedly stated his view that any such suggestion is preposterous — and an affront to the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died in the attack.

                                                                     Yours sincerely,
                                                                     Vijay Nambiar
                                                                     Chef de Cabinet

Mr. Hillel C. Neuer
Executive Director
UN Watch

3 Responses to “Victory for Decency: Ban Ki-moon ‘condemns’ U.N. Palestine expert for denying 9/11 terror attacks”

  • It is amazing that you have to work so hard to get this clarification. The fact that the UN employs such people is a scandal. But then again, what do you expect from an organization of this sort.

  • Victory for Facsist members of the U.N perhaps, but alas “No Victory for Decency” Otherwise he would be applauded for his brave remarks..

  • If Professor Falk were to claim a cover-up, that would be a serious charge indeed, requiring much evidence. You say, however, that he claimed an “apparent cover-up.” What evidence do we have for such a charge? As a former Site Manager for Underwriters Laboratories (UL), I can confirm that the investigation conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and UL, into the events at the WTC on 9/11/01, had all the characteristics of a cover-up.

    The tests performed by NIST were designed in a deceptive manner, and the results of those tests were either downplayed or ignored in the creation of the report. All evidence contrary to NIST’s pre-determined conclusions of failure by fire (e.g. evidence for explosives) was ignored throughout the seven year investigation. People like myself, who dared to speak out about this completely non-scientific approach, lost their jobs as they called for honesty in the investigation.

    Because there is substantial evidence pointing to a cover-up, Professor Falk should be commended for saying so, not derided with emotionally-charged but meaningless criticisms.

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