Tuesday, August 5 2008 - Other Important News
Why is the Military Experimenting On Our Troops?
Why are "thousands" of US service men and women getting sick and dying from mystery "vaccines" given to them by the military? Why isn't there a record of this, and why can't they get any answers to help them get well? And why do all those people with yellow ribbons on their car not raise hell over this? "Support the Troops" means SUPPORT the troops ... and that means demanding answers, and help, for these people. There is no excuse we have 200-400,000 veterans living on the streets every night, or that they're being used as guinea pigs by this intolerable military-pharmaceutical complex. With anthrax in the news, perhaps we better look beyond that and see what other biological warfare is going on. Given the long history of biological experimentation on our military members, it's beyond time we give this due diligence and demand some truth!
Tuesday, August 5 2008 - In the Media
9/11 Evidence Published in Mainstream Journal, 'The Environmentalist'
Email from Kevin Ryan, 8/4/08
Dear truth seekers,
My co-authors and I have a new article published today, in the Springer journal The Environmentalist. It is called "Environmental anomalies at the WTC: evidence for energetic materials."
Many thanks to the Bloomington 9/11 Working Group for help with the related FOIA, and to attorney Mick Harrison for his generosity in making the article freely available to all, instead of by subscription only.
In case you missed our last mainstream journal article, 'Fourteen points of agreement with official government reports...', here is a link to that paper.
And if you are one of those who is not wholly dependent on the mainstream, please see the many fine peer-reviewed articles at The Journal of 9/11 Studies (www.journalof911studies.com).
My best to all,
Tuesday, August 5 2008 - Other Important News
Canadians Disappointed by Government Reps' Lack of Response to Petition
Canadians Disappointed by Government Reps' Lack of Response to Petition', 'Noftle', 'Drew', '
August 3, 2008
Canada allows a Minister up to 45 days to respond to any given petition. June 11th plus 45 days equals July 25th. Mr. Day is already 9 days late.
Below is my latest letter to Mr. Day re: the 9/11 petition. As of right now, it is the 5th letter I have sent to him, and the 5th letter that has been unanswered. I have always felt lucky to be Canadian since every time I email one of my MP’s, I always have received a reply. Always -- except from Mr. Day. Below my letter to Mr. Day, is my letter to all active members of the Canadian 9/11 Truth Movement.
Tuesday, August 5 2008 - Resources and Materials
FealGood Foundation produces film about plight of First Responders
Watch for this in the coming weeks, from the FealGood Foundation:
Tuesday, August 5 2008 - 9/11 Consequences
Dear world, please confront America
By Naomi Wolf
Is it possible to fall out of love with your own country? For two years, I, like many Americans, have been focused intently on documenting, exposing, and alerting the nation to the Bush administration’s criminality and its assault on the Constitution and the rule of law — a story often marginalized at home. I was certain that when Americans knew what was being done in their name, they would react with horror and outrage.
Three months ago, the Bush administration still clung to its devil’s sound bite, “We don’t torture.” Now, Doctors Without Borders has issued its report documenting American-held detainees’ traumas, and even lie detector tests confirm they have been tortured. The Red Cross report has leaked: torture and war crimes. Jane Mayer’s impeccably researched exposé “The Dark Side” just hit the stores: torture, crafted and directed from the top.
The Washington Post gave readers actual video footage of the abusive interrogation of a Canadian minor, Omar Khadr, who was seen showing his still-bleeding abdominal wounds, weeping and pleading with his captors.
Monday, August 4 2008 - Get Involved
911Truth.org to host Grassroots Development Conference Call with Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney
Mark your calendars -- Thursday, August 14, 2008
As part of our series of calls to support the development of grassroots activism, we are excited to announce that Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney will join us on August 14th! This phone interview will be accessible for everyone to hear through the call-in number above, and will be broadcast live by www.NoLiesRadio.org, then posted with a transcript at 911Truth.org. Cynthia will speak to questions presented by a panel of activists involved in 911truth and much more.
What would you like to ask Cynthia? We invite you to submit your own question to Grassroots (at) 911truth.org; we will accept questions no later than August 7. A panel will combine responses and ask as many questions as possible during our time with Cynthia. You can read the Green Party 2008 draft platform at www.GP.us. Cynthia's position on a wide variety of issues and a 'candidate comparison chart' can be accessed at the Chicago Tribune site.
Lest we forget ... Cynthia McKinney, former Democratic Representative from Georgia and courageous spokesperson of the People for many years -- a few of her accomplishments include:
• First Congressperson to introduce Articles of Impeachment against George Bush, in 2006 via House Res 1106
• Grilled Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on the Pentagon's missing trillions, continuing US contracts with DynCorp (previously convicted of human trafficking), and the 9/11 war games. House Hearing on FY06 Dept. of Defense Budget, March 11, 2005
Sunday, August 3 2008 - 9/11 Commission
What's happening with the impeachment effort?
Here are a couple updates to the impeachment push... Madame Pelosi doesn't know of any crimes committed by this Administration which might warrant impeachment. Kucinich relies in the article video. And constitutional attorney Bruce Fein has already made this quite clear--perhaps Ms. Pelosi should have attended the non-impeachment impeachment hearings last Friday, where plenty of crimes were laid out! Of course, she could start by watching this:
Kucinich's latest commentary, responding to a question from Democracy Now's Juan Gonzalez about Speaker Pelosi's recent inane babbling on "The View":
Excellent list of links reviewing the impeachment effort to date are at AfterDowningStreet
Sunday, August 3 2008 - 9/11 Commission
A Surge on the Homefront? McCain: "somewhat like we use in the military'
August 01, 2008
ABC News' David Wright reports: Answering a question at the Urban League about his approach to combating crime, John McCain suggested that military strategies currently employed by US troops in Iraq could be applied to high crime neighborhoods here in the US.
McCain at first praised the crime-fighting efforts of Rudolph Giuliani when he was mayor of New York City. Then he down-shifted into an approach that sounded considerably harsher.
McCain called them tactics "somewhat like we use in the military."
Sunday, August 3 2008 - Other Important News
THINK PROGRESS EXCLUSIVE: To Provoke War, Cheney Considered Proposal To Dress Up Navy Seals As Iranians And Shoot At Them
Speaking at the Campus Progress journalism conference earlier this month, Seymour Hersh -- a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for The New Yorker -- revealed that Bush administration officials held a meeting recently in the Vice President's office to discuss ways to provoke a war with Iran.
In Hersh's most recent article, he reports that this meeting occurred in the wake of the overblown incident in the Strait of Hormuz, when a U.S. carrier almost shot at a few small Iranian speedboats. The "meeting took place in the Vice-President's office. 'The subject was how to create a casus belli between Tehran and Washington,'" according to one of Hersh's sources.
Friday, August 1 2008 - Other Important News
It's Not The Crime That Gets You, It's The Cover-Up
In case you couldn't tell, I picked this song for two reasons. It's really long. Both books are "thick as a brick," and about as useful as one. Ha Ha. Thank you to Michael Wolsey and Justin Martell for helping me to make this video. You may have to pause on occasion. With regards to the cover-up of 9/11, there is so much information. I had to reluctantly remove a lot of clips. Almost enough to make another movie. Thanks to www.historycommons.org. Please spread this video far and wide, and vote it up at youtube. Thank you. Jon Gold
Wednesday, July 30 2008 - Other Important News
Al-Qaeda expert re-killed by CIA--It's Groundhog Day at the CIA
By Lori Price
Abu Khabab al-Masri 'died' in January 2006 and again on Monday. Once again, the 'mainstream' media announces the re-killing of another 'key al-Qaeda operative' by a 'CIA-operated unpiloted drone!' These top al-Qaeda operatives - and their subsequent deaths - are more bountiful than poppy fields in Afghanistan or oil smuggling routes in Iraq.
Tuesday, July 29 2008 - 9/11 Commission
EPA Staff Ordered to Stonewall Investigators and Media (Press release from PEERS)
For Immediate Release: July 28, 2008
EPA STAFF ORDERED TO STONEWALL INVESTIGATORS AND MEDIA -- Employees Told Not to Answer Questions or "Make Any Statements"
Washington, DC -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ordering its staff to "not respond to questions or make any statements" if contacted by congressional investigators, reporters or even by its own Office of Inspector General, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The order reinforces a growing bunker mentality within an EPA that is the subject of a growing number of probes into political interference with agency operations.
In a June 16, 2008 e-mail distributed throughout EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, managers were asked to "remind your staff" to comply with "these important procedures." These procedures forbid staff from speaking with any reporters or representatives of the Government Accountability Office or the EPA Inspector General (IG). If contacted, EPA employees are not supposed to say anything but are to immediately refer the person to a designated public affairs official.
"Inside the current EPA, candor has become the cardinal sin," stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that while this directive is of questionable legality, an agency specialist risks discipline or even termination for disregarding a direct order. "The clear intention behind this move is to chill the cubicles by suppressing any uncontrolled release of information."
Tuesday, July 29 2008 - Get Involved
URGENT: Help Needed--Impeachment Petition Deadline Midnight Wednesday; Please Forward
Email from Dennis Kucinich. Please pass this along to your lists immediately ...
Because of your vigilance and support for democracy, last Friday was a day of singular importance in Washington. The House Judiciary Committee met to discuss the Bush Administration's abuse of executive power and for the first time the case for Impeachment was discussed in front of a Congressional committee, in depth, at length and with authority.
Twenty members of the Judiciary Committee attended the six hour hearing, during which twelve witnesses, including myself and four members of Congress testified. In this hearing I called for the Impeachment of the President for misrepresenting a case for war.
This week I will present members of Congress with Impeachment petitions submitted by those of you who have signed the on-line impeachment form.
I need your help. In the next few days we must redouble our efforts to get more signatures on the online petition at kucinich.us. I'm asking each of you to please contact at least ten of your friends to go to www.Kucinich.us now and sign the Impeachment petition that will be delivered by me. Wednesday night is the deadline.
Please send out an email to all your friends and family, post this link, http://kucinich.us to your blogs and make this effort count as this is the only petition that I will deliver.
Sign the petition.
Thank you so very much.
Signature - Dennis J Kucinich
Tuesday, July 29 2008 - Other Important News
The Military-Industrial Complex: It's Much Later Than You Think
[Note from TomDispatch editor: Part 2 of Pepe Escobar's RealNews.com TomDispatch interview is now posted. In it, Nick Turse discusses his new book The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives about which Chalmers Johnson has said: &"Americans who still think they can free themselves from the clutches of the military-industrial complex need to read this book ... Nick Turse has produced a brilliant expose of the Pentagon's pervasive influence in our lives." To read Part 1 of the interview, with Tom Engelhardt, click here.]
To offer a bit of context for Chalmers Johnson's latest post on the privatization of U.S. intelligence, it's important to know just how lucrative that intelligence "business" has become. According to the latest estimate, the cumulative 2009 intelligence budget for the 16 agencies in the U.S. Intelligence Community will be more than $55 billion. However, it's possible that the real figure in the deeply classified budget may soar over $66 billion, which would mean that the U.S. budget for spooks has more than doubled in less than a decade. And as Robert Dreyfuss points out at his invaluable blog at the Nation, even more spectacularly (and wastefully), much of that money will end up in the hands of the "private contractors" who, by now, make up a mini intelligence-industrial complex of their own.
Chalmers Johnson, who once consulted for the CIA and more recently, in his book Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, the third volume of his Blowback Trilogy, called for the Agency to be shut down, knows a thing or two about the world of American intelligence. As he has written, "An incompetent or unscrupulous intelligence agency can be as great a threat to national security as not having one at all." Now consider, with Johnson, just how incompetent and unscrupulous a thoroughly privatized intelligence "community" can turn out to be. Tom
Most Americans have a rough idea what the term "military-industrial complex" means when they come across it in a newspaper or hear a politician mention it. President Dwight D. Eisenhower introduced the idea to the public in his farewell address of January 17, 1961. "Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime," he said, "or indeed by the fighting men of World War II and Korea We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions We must not fail to comprehend its grave implications We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex."
Although Eisenhower's reference to the military-industrial complex is, by now, well-known, his warning against its "unwarranted influence" has, I believe, largely been ignored. Since 1961, there has been too little serious study of, or discussion of, the origins of the military-industrial complex, how it has changed over time, how governmental secrecy has hidden it from oversight by members of Congress or attentive citizens, and how it degrades our Constitutional structure of checks and balances.
Tuesday, July 29 2008 - Other Important News
The Mistake Department: One Example of Why American Foreign Policy is a Disaster
THE MISTAKE DEPARTMENT
After airplanes flew into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon, The Los Angeles Times reported that 15 of the 19 alleged hijackers got their U.S. visas from the American Consulate General at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a consulate where I had served as chief of the Visa Section. What The Los Angeles Times did not report was what I had told their Washington, D.C. bureau after reading the story: (1) that the Jeddah Consulate was not a State Department post but an intelligence services operation; (2) that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) routinely demanded (and got) visas for sleazy characters with no ties to either their home country or Saudi Arabia; (3) that these vile people were terrorists recruited by U.S. intelligence officers along with Osama bin Laden, then a CIA asset. With the help of non-State Department officials, i.e., Consul General, Jay Philip Freres (retired and living in Clearwater, Fla.), the head of the Political/Economic Section, Eric L. Qualkenbush (retired and living in Findlay, Ohio), the Political Officer, Henry Ensher (currently assigned to D.C. and living in McLean, Va.), a Commercial Officer, Paul Arvid Tveit (retired and also living in McLean, Va.), the Chief of the Consular Section, Justice (given name) Stevens (whereabouts unknown), and a "part-time" Consular officer, Andy Weber (last seen on the PBS program "Bio-Terror"), they were sent to America for training in blowing things up and shooting things down. Afterwards, they were sent on to Afghanistan to murder Soviet soldiers. It seems pretty clear that they and people that they had trained are now pursuing their own goals (and most likely U.S. foreign policy interests) in helping destabilize Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Their next target may be Iran.
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