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COLUMN EIGHTY-ONE, JANUARY 1, 2003
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A TRAP FOR AMIRI BARAKA

Subject: Re: [Fwd: amiri baraka]
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 03:34:34 EDT
From: Amirib@aol.com
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

TAnnks Al, What About This ....truth or consequiences...You a reporter...track it
down?!

Subj: Confession 
Date: 10/8/2002 2:18:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: jleib@rcn.com
To: amiriB@aol.com
Sent from the Internet 

Dear Mr. Baraka:

I am one of the Israelis who received information to stay home on 9/11/01. It worked this way: On 9/10, I was called and received an additional 110 names and numbers. I called 10 people, and gave each of them 10 names and numbers to call themselves. It went on like that until as many Israelis and Jews who worked in the twin towers were contacted. The attack was staged to incite a war with Muslims; this I know for a fact. However, there was a secondary purpose: to keep the plan only thinly veiled so as to give rise to theories, that by the nature of their implausibility, could only be described as crackpot or conspiratorial, thereby discrediting their propagators. Unfortunately, you have fallen victim to the second plan.

The real reason I'm writing, though, is to apologize for putting my own personal safety ahead of non-Jews, and to offer you my support. If possible, I'd like to come forward to lend credibility to your claims, in the media or wherever I may, so as to ensure your tenure as Poet Laureate, and to assist you in using that office to share valuable information regarding the so-called terrorist attacks. A great deal has happened in the last year, and I can no longer bear the guilt of prior knowledge, knowing that so many people died needlessly and painfully. The excoriation and ridicule you have suffered in the media, on top of everything else, is too much to bear.

You may reach me at this e-mail address should you wish to reply.

Kind regards,

Jeffrey Leib  ##

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From: al aronowitz [mailto:info@blacklistedjournalist.com] 
Sent: October 24, 2002 9:38 PM 
To: Leib, Jeffrey A. 
Subject: WHAT JOB DID YOU HAVE AT THE WTC? 

JEFFREY: Just curious. --Al  ##

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Subject: RE: WHAT JOB DID YOU HAVE AT THE WTC?
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 21:50:42 -0400
From: "Jeffrey A. Leib" <jleib@rcn.com>
To: "al aronowitz" <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>

Hi. Who are you?

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Subject: Re: WHAT JOB DID YOU HAVE AT THE WTC?
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 07:52:42 -0400
From: al aronowitz <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>
Organization: THE BLACKLISTED JOURNALIST
To: "Jeffrey A. Leib" <jleib@rcn.com>

JEFFREY: I am a journalist friend of Amiri Baraka and I publish his work on my website, THE  BLACKLISTED JOURNALIST, http://www.bigmagic.com/pages/blackj  ##

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Subject: Thanks
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 08:47:48 -0400
From: "Jeffrey A. Leib" <jleib@rcn.com>
To: <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>

for the clarification, Al. Did you see my e-mail? What do you and Amiri think?

Jeffrey Leib  ##

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Subject: Re: Thanks
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 11:27:01 -0400
From: al aronowitz <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>
Organization: THE BLACKLISTED JOURNALIST
To: "Jeffrey A. Leib" <jleib@rcn.com>

JEFFREY: We want to know what kind of job you had at the WTC. For
whom did you work? --Al 

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Subject: RE: Thanks
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 12:13:42 -0400
From: "Jeffrey A. Leib" <jleib@rcn.com>
To: "al aronowitz" <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>

I worked for the corporation itself, as a computer consultant.  ##

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Subject: Re: Thanks
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 15:21:14 -0400
From: al aronowitz <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>
Organization: THE BLACKLISTED JOURNALIST
To: "Jeffrey A. Leib" <jleib@rcn.com>

JEFFREY: WHICH corporation?--Al 

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Subject: RE: Thanks
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 23:33:34 -0400
From: "Jeffrey A. Leib" <jleib@rcn.com>
To: "al aronowitz" <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>

Hi Al. I'd be happy to fill you in on more of the details if you could let me know what the nature of your interest is. I'm happy to have a dialogue, I just don't want to invest time in something unless I know it will be put to good use.

Regards,

Jeffrey  ##

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Subject: Re: Thanks
Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2002 06:56:57 -0400
From: al aronowitz <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>
Organization: THE BLACKLISTED JOURNALIST
To: "Jeffrey A. Leib" <jleib@rcn.com>

JEFFREY: Amiri wants me to vet this thoroughly to make sure it's not bs or a trap. He wants to make sure he can rely on your original e. Consequently, I'm asking questions that any journalist might ask. Please fill us in on all details that would authenticate your story. Best, Al  ##

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Subject: RE: ThanksDate: 
Sat, 26 Oct 2002 08:47:10 -0400
From: "Jeffrey A. Leib" <jleib@rcn.com>
To: "al aronowitz" <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>

I have a sole-proprietorship computer consulting firm, formerly located at 70 Battery Place (now in Chelsea). The client I was to visit was Helen Keller International, whose offices were destroyed on 9/11 (you can check out their website at hki.org). One thing I can't tell you is from whom I received the call, or for that matter, how a list of only Jewish employees was compiled, or the names of those I called myself. I guess you'll have to research that piece of it on your own.  ##

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Subject: Re: Thanks
Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2002 11:55:32 -0400
From:  al aronowitz <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>
Organization: THE BLACKLISTED JOURNALIST
To: "Jeffrey A. Leib" <jleib@rcn.com>

JEFFREY: This question arises: if you were not an employee working at the WTC, how did the caller know to contact you with the list? How did the caller know you were supposed to visit the WTC on 9/11? Also, if you are an Israeli national, what is your home town in Israel? Best, Al 

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Subject: RE: Thanks
Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2002 13:23:20 -0400
From:  "Jeffrey A. Leib" <jleib@rcn.com>
To: "al aronowitz" <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>

Look Al, I don't want to waste your time. The letter to Baraka was facetious in tone. At the time I wrote it, I couldn't believe that such primitive stupidity existed to allow for such a theory as his, so I decided to turn it into a prank. Now I'm even more astonished by the credulity that went into the reading of my letter, which was intended as a parody. The overweening pomposity of idiots is impressive.

Farewell,

JL  ##

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