Monday, January 26 2009 - Letters to the Editor
Did Machiavelli have a hand in events of 9/11?
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Machiavelli wrote, "There are many who think a wise prince ought, when he has the chance, to foment astutely some enmity, so that by suppressing it he will augment his greatness."
This tactic has often been used or considered. Germany was blamed during World War I for an unprovoked attack on the "Lusitania," which was carrying arms to the British, and the Vietnam War was expanded based on a false report on Aug. 4, 1964, of an attack in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Operation Northwoods, a 1962 military plan to fake a Cuban attack on the U.S., proposed shooting down a civilian plane with Americans onboard.
Monday, January 26 2009 - Accountability
September 11th Advocates Statement Re. Gitmo Closing
For immediate release
The Guantanamo Bay Detention Center continues to be an enormous stain on America's reputation. Newly elected President Obama has taken the first step in removing this stain by keeping his campaign promise to the American people.
The temporary halting of proceedings at Gitmo gives us the "audacity to hope" that President Obama will be able to restore America's good name, which has been repeatedly tarnished during the past eight years.
We appreciate the tough decisions that President Obama has been forced to make and admire him for taking these difficult tasks on. We look forward to hearing his plan for closing Guantanamo Bay forever, finding a just way to try the detainees and putting an end to this horrific chapter in America's history.
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Friday, January 23 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
Obama restores some of the 'Freedom' to FOIA
The series of articles recently about President Obama's order to 'open the gates' to greater transparency, is being posted because it helps shed light on where we've been, where we are now, and where me might get in pursuing release of information pertaining to 9/11 and its consequences. This order comes two weeks after the 9/11 Commission materials have been made available--albeit much of it redacted--to the public by the National Archive. We've spent 7.5 years trying to get information and answers... what more might become available to us now, in light of this change? Time will tell. One thing's for sure -- we have many FOIA requests to file!
January 23, 2009
By Michael Doyle
...As one of his first acts, President Barack Obama issued an order reversing his predecessor's approach toward the release of government documents. Scholars, journalists, farmers and the simply curious now await the reopening of federal information taps tightened since 2001.
In fiscal 2007, for instance, the Defense Department completely granted approximately 48 percent of the FOIA requests it processed. In fiscal 1998, by contrast, the Clinton administration's Defense Department completely granted approximately 61 percent of FOIA requests.
The Pentagon was not alone, a review of federal agency reports shows. Percentages are approximate, because of how the reports are compiled, but trends are obvious.
Friday, January 23 2009 - Other Important News
Letter from Open Government Groups to Senate Armed Services Committee re. Nomination of William J. Lynn III
January 23, 2009
Honorable Carl Levin, Chairman
Honorable John McCain, Ranking Member
The undersigned groups commends you, Chairman Levin, for your decision to wait to evaluate the impact of President Obama's new revolving door restrictions requiring appointees to recuse themselves from work related to their former employer or clients, as well as from matters or issues for which he lobbied. Proceeding with the nomination of William J. Lynn III, a former Raytheon Company lobbyist, to the position of Deputy Secretary of Defense clearly violates President Obama's Executive Order (EO). We believe your cautious approach is an important exercise of congressional oversight. Upon reviewing the President's just released EO and its waiver provisions we urge you to go one step further and reject the nomination of Mr. Lynn.
This letter is not to suggest that Mr. Lynn is not qualified for the position. Before the President issued his Ethics Commitment by Executive Branch Personnel Executive Order, there would have been little ground for questioning the proposed nomination of Mr. Lynn. However, given that the new pledge required by President Obama is written to preclude any appointee from participating "in any particular matter on which I lobbied within the 2 years before the date of my appointment," or accepting "employment with any executive agency that I lobbied within the 2 years before the date of my appointment," the undersigned groups believe that Mr. Lynn simply could not effectively serve as the Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Friday, January 23 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
Whistleblower: NSA spied on everyone, targeted journalists
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Wednesday January 21, 2009
Russell Tice talks with Keith Olbermann on Countdown, January 21, 2009
Friday, January 23 2009 - Accountability
UN Rapporteur: Initiate criminal proceedings against Bush and Rumsfeld now
By Scott Horton
"The evidence is sitting on the table," he stated. "There is no avoiding the fact that this was torture." He pointed to the U.S. undertakings under the Convention Against Torture in which the country committed that it would criminally prosecute anyone who tortured, or extradite the person to a state that would prosecute him. "The government of the United States is required to take all necessary steps to bring George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld before a court," Nowak said.
Thursday, January 22 2009 - Truth Movement News
"9/11 Truth" reaches Tens of Thousands in Texas MLK Parades
Thank you, Texas truthers ... Great work!
The Dallas 9/11 Truth Group gave out more than 4,000 newspaper-sized flyers ( http://www.911blogger.com/node/18142 ) and over 1600 DVDs during their marches in both Dallas MLK Parades.
There was the Dallas MLK Parade on Saturday, the 17th.
Monday, the 19th, 9/11 Truth also was represented in The Elite News Dr. Martin Luther King Parade-"The People's Parade." This parade is the second largest of its kind in the country, and has always been dubbed "The Peoples Parade." In 2008, it was reported to have had a turnout of an estimated 200,000 people.
Wednesday, January 21 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
A few items of potentially good news today ...
Several news articles here that seem promising ...
Obama limits ex-presidents' discretion on records
By MARK SHERMAN
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has issued an executive order that limits the ability of former presidents to block the release of sensitive records of their time in the White House.
Wednesday, January 21 2009 - Truth Movement News
Richard Gage, AIA Publicly Thanks FBI for Endorsement of 'Controlled Demolition' Analysis - bin Laden Still Not 'Wanted' for 9/11
We previously noted the FBI's response to a letter from Saive here. Now, Gage publicly offers his assistance, and we hope that the FBI will honestly follow-up on their apparently receptive response.
Of course, we still wonder why the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list, which puts Usama bin Laden at the top, still doesn't list the 9/11 attacks as one of the crimes for which they list him as a terrorist ... Long-time readers will recall that The Muckraker Report's Ed Haas spoke with Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI in June 2006:
When asked why there is no mention of 9/11 on Bin Laden's Most Wanted web page, Tomb said, "The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden's Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11."
Richard Gage, AIA founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth discusses
a welcome letter of response from Michael J. Heimbach, Asst. Director in the
FBI division of Counterterrorism.
Wednesday, January 21 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
Barack Obama calls halt to Guantanamo trials
January 21, 2009
Barack Obama has wasted no time in getting down to the business of government, asking prosecutors to halt controversial military trials at Guantanamo Bay within hours of his inauguration.
The request was issued via the Department of Defence even as President Obama and his wife Michelle waltzed their way through a series of glitzy inaugural balls.
Mr Obama pledged during his campaign to close the prison camp on Cuba set up in 2001 to hold detainees from the 'War on Terror'. The camp's legality has always been questioned, and former inmates and human rights experts said the harsh interrogation techniques deployed inside it amounted to torture.
Last night's request was for a 120-day stay in the trials of five alleged 9/11 plotters - including the self-proclaimed 'mastermind' behind America's worst terror attack - and of a Canadian accused of killing a US soldier in Afghanistan. Mr Obama had been expected to issue an executive order as early as today for the full closure of the camp, but accepts that it might take months to rehouse some 250 inmates still held there.
Wednesday, January 21 2009 - Other Important News
Website's Back Up!
During an automatic backup, our server somehow took the site offline, as well as our store website. It was down beginning early this morning, and our volunteer "web guy" was unable to look at it until very late in the afternoon. No doubt he could explain better than I just what happened, but suffice it to say it appears this was nothing nefarious--just a "glitch" the way only a server can glitch... And of course, in keeping with Murphy's Law #1,774,452, it had to happen the day immediately after we sent a fundraising appeal containing links to our donate page! We appreciate your patience, and the kind emails many of you sent to us notifying us of the problem. Links in the email we sent yesterday will now work correctly. Again, thanks for your support and your kind patience. Janice
Monday, January 19 2009 - 9/11 Precedents
Secret of the Lusitania: Arms find challenges Allied claims it was solely a passenger ship
An article from December '08 that we missed, providing important historical information.
By Sam Greenhill
Her sinking with the loss of almost 1,200 lives caused such outrage that it propelled the U.S. into the First World War.
But now divers have revealed a dark secret about the cargo carried by the Lusitania on its final journey in May 1915.
Munitions they found in the hold suggest that the Germans had been right all along in claiming the ship was carrying war materials and was a legitimate military target.
Monday, January 19 2009 - Resources and Materials
Engaging Interviews, Insightful Commentary from Electric Politics
George Kenney has been providing fascinating commentary and in-depth interviews via his site, Electric Politics.com, since 2005. He explains the meaning of "Electric Politics" thus:
"Conventional political analysis relies on archaic notions of 'predominance of gravity'
January 10, 2009
Electric Politics Podcast Schedule Resumes January 16
Well, I enjoyed having two weeks off, but I'm glad to get back to podcasting. So here's the starting lineup for the new season. Friday, January 16, my guest is Martin Fletcher of The Times of London (not to be confused with Martin Fletcher of NBC news). Martin is a roving reporter without portfolio and previously the Times' foreign editor, their Washington Bureau Chief, and a foreign correspondent. He talks to me from Israel. The Friday following, January 23, my guest is Dr. James Petras, who's got a lot to say about Zionism in America. After that, I'm not sure -- a couple interviews are pending, on arms control and on the economy. So we'll see... And as I say, I'm glad to be back!Links follow:
Sunday, January 18 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
Paul Krugman on our Need to Know What Happened These Last 8 Years
Exactly what we've been saying! Two editorials from Paul Krugman here, opining on the need for transparency and perhaps "something like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that helped South Africa come to terms with what happened under apartheid." Of course, Krugman does not mention 9/11 specifically, but it's fairly obvious to the thinking reader that if we need 'truth and reconciliation' about nine years of abuses that have sprung forth from that day, we must apply this same plea: "let the truth be told."
"It's probably best if Congress takes the lead in investigations of the Bush years, but your administration can do its part, both by not using its influence to discourage the investigations and by bringing an end to the Bush administration's stonewalling. Let Congress have access to records and witnesses, and let the truth be told." (emphasis added)
What Obama Must Do
A Letter to the New President
Dear Mr. President:
Like FDR three-quarters of a century ago, you're taking charge at a moment when all the old certainties have vanished, all the conventional wisdom been proved wrong. We're not living in a world you or anyone else expected to see. Many presidents have to deal with crises, but very few have been forced to deal from Day One with a crisis on the scale America now faces.
So, what should you do?
Sunday, January 18 2009 - Resources and Materials
Change Needs Truth - New 9/11 Brochure for Obama Inauguration
January 17, 2009
DC 911Truth has produced an attractive new brochure to be distributed at the Obama Inauguration and surrounding events. On the cover, President Obama is asked to "help America learn the truth about 9/11," but the interior is aimed at general audiences who may not be aware of problems with the official account, or who may be quick to dismiss any questions as conspiracy theories.
In a concise and straightforward way, the brochure presents the many facts that challenge the 9/11 Commission Report (including doubts expressed by Co-Chairs Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton themselves), as well as contradictions in the accepted narrative about air defense, the alleged hijackers, the destruction of the World Trade Center, and the anthrax attacks. Only statements that could be verified in mainstream news sources were included and carefully footnoted, so as to maximize the credibility of the piece.
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