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Kent State Truth Tribunal

Kent State Tribunal Hears New Forensic Evidence of Clear Order to Fire at Kent State, Backs Rep Kucinich in Call to Open Inquiry

Audio Tape Shows New Evidence of Pistol Firing Seconds Before Verified Order to Shoot

NEW YORK - The Kent State Truth Tribunal this weekend heard
testimony from forensic audio scientist Stuart Allen that establishes clear
orders to shoot live ammunition at unarmed protesting students by the Ohio
National Guard. The tape also reveals startling evidence of an altercation with
distinct gunshots from a separate weapon fired directly prior to the National
Guard’s call to “Prepare to fire!”. This same new evidence
has prompted Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich to call for a congressional
inquiry into the Kent State shootings. "Certainly we owe it to the memory
of the students who lost their lives and their families and we owe it to the
American people to find out the truth," Kucinich told Fox 8 News in
Cleveland, Ohio.

The audio
evidence of a separate .38 caliber gun firing 70 seconds prior to the
guardsmen’s weapons suggests there may have been a provocation prior to
the shooting of students. Photographs and testimonies point to the involvement
of FBI informant, Terry Norman, who is believed to have fired the weapon. Several
students place him on campus that day working in tandem with the Ohio National
Guard, carrying a camera and a pistol.  "Now we have a tape that
proves conclusively that four shots were fired before the National Guard
volley," Congressman Dennis Kucinich said. "That has implications
that are tremendous. Who knows what would have happened if those shots hadn't
been fired." Terry Norman has not commented about his activities at Kent
State since the day of the shootings and his whereabouts are currently
unknown. Kent State family members, as well as
Representative Kucinich, have called for Mr. Norman to step forward to deliver
information about his involvement at Kent State.

The Kent
State Truth Tribunal (KSTT) was convened by family members of students killed
at Kent State in response to forty years of impunity for the shootings. No one
has been held accountable for the deaths and injuries that resulted when the
Ohio National Guard opened fire on unarmed students at a war protest on campus.
According to Laurel Krause, KSTT founder and sister of Allison Krause, who was
killed that day, “The audio tape not only introduces compelling evidence
that there was an order to fire on students, but also establishes that
an additional weapon was fired just prior to the shootings,
suggesting that the full scope of what took place that day has not yet been
established. We feel strongly that a government inquiry is long overdue and
support wholeheartedly Rep. Kucinich’s call for a congressional inquiry.
We also encourage Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to
respond to this new evidence by examining the audio tape and pursuing their own

The 40
year-old audio tape was recorded from the window ledge of a Kent State
student’s dormitory at the time of the shootings. The Kent State tape
started recording minutes before the shooting and ran until after all of the
shots were fired, verifying an audible order to fire. According to Stuart
Allen, who has been examining forensic audio evidence for nearly four decades
since the Watergate scandal: “The order to shoot clearly does warrant a
reopening of the investigation and the outcome will have a profound effect on
our understanding of what took place. This technology and information was not available
at the time of the investigations and multiple hearings on the Kent State
shootings. ” Stuart Allen’s KSTT testimony can be seen at

Close to
100 personal narratives have already been recorded and preserved from people of
all backgrounds whose lives were impacted by the killings at Kent State in
1970, representing a comprehensive oral archive of this historic event. It is
the first American truth-seeking initiative to be broadcast live on the
Internet on

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