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Thinking Athlete Mendenhall’s Spokesman Contract Cancelled–Americans Support Ignorance

May 18, 2011

MendenhallUSA Today has posted an online poll asking whether readers think Champion should have dismissed Rashard Mendenhall as their spokesperson. As of last count, 65% of those voting think the company did the right thing. If you have not read this football running back’s Tweets, which initially stirred such “controversy” (read, blather for 24/7 sports “news” and fodder for haters), see this. Mr. Mendenhall’s clarification statement, published on his new blog May 4, is also reposted below.

As a mother of three young athletes myself, with ten more years of athletic equipment purchases in front of me, I can state with certainty I will never buy them another product made by this company and will be writing to let them know they should have been proud to have an intelligent, thinking athlete speaking for them.

Clarification

Posted by Rashard Mendenhall on a blog here
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I appreciate those of you who have decided to read this letter and attain a greater understanding of my recent twitter posts. I see how they have gotten misconstrued, and wanted to use this outlet as a way to clear up all things that do not truthfully represent myself, what I stand for personally, and any organization that I am a part of.

First, I want people to understand that I am not in support of Bin Laden, or against the USA. I understand how devastating 9/11 was to this country and to the people whose families were… Continue reading

David Ray Griffin – Seattle, May 28

Creating a New Path to Peace and Prosperity — May 19, Oakland

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Sen. Mike Gravel and Lt. Col. Bob Bowman on Empowering Citizens to End the
9/11 Wars and Restore Lost Liberties

Introductory Speakers

Peter Phillips will be our MC and first speaker. Professor of Sociology at
Sonoma State University and former Director of Project Censored, Peter currently
co-hosts The Morning Show on KPFA and is President of The Media Freedom Foundation.

Richard Gage, AIA, is well known to many in the Bay Area. He is the dynamic
founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, which has grown to 1500
petition signing professionals. He will update us on the many recent activities
of AE911Truth.

Introducing Kathy McGrade, a Silicon Valley engineer now affiliated with AE911Truth.
Her work includes ensuring the safety of firefighters during structural fires.
She presents a sharp critique of the government’s account for the demise of
the three WTC Towers.

Featured Speakers

As part of his long and distinguished career, Bob Bowman ran for President
in 2000 and for the US Congress in 2006. Bob Scheer of the LA Times called him
“probably the best public speaker in the country today.” Dr. Bowman
will give new voice to several of his recurrent themes–no more imperial presidency,
no more undeclared corporate wars, no more spying on the American people, no
more repression of dissidents, no more exporting of jobs, no more government
lies, false-flag attacks, and cover-ups.

Two-term Senator from Alaska Mike Gravel first gained national attention when
he read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record. For the last two
decades, he has worked to establish a National Initiative process to empower
citizens.…

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9/11 Special on KPFA Radio this Thursday, May 19

May 17, 2011

KPFA, the community radio station in Berkeley, California whose signal reaches one third of the state, is broadcasting a three-and-a-half hour 9/11 special this Thursday, May 19th, from noon to 3:30 PST.

Hosts for the program are: Dennis Bernstein, Bonnie Faulkner, Mickey Huff, and Peter Phillips

Guests during the day will include: 12:15 David Ray Griffin, 12:45 Frank Morales, 1:00 PM Bob Bowman, 1:30 Paul Rea, 2:00 Mike Gravel, 2:30 Carol Brouillet, 2:45 Richard Gage and Kathy McGrade, and more. Clips from Press for Truth, Zero, Griffin’s best DVDs will be played on the air.

Program will be on-line live from KPFA.org (listen live here, and archived on line from Noliesradio.org.

This is a fundraiser for KPFA Radio, which as a community radio station is supported by listeners. Please thank the station and these great hosts for airing programming that supports truth as generously as you can.

Utah judge orders FBI to help provide more info on Oklahoma City bombing

The Associated Press
First published May 11, 2011
Updated May 12, 2011
Salt Lake Tribune

A federal judge in Utah on Wednesday ordered the FBI to produce more information about its record-keeping in response to an inquiry by a man who contends unreleased video and other records from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing will show more people were involved in the attack.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said he believes Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue has raised valid questions about whether the agency has done enough to find a pair of videotapes sought as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.

Waddoups also wants to know whether bureau officials believe they can conceal information from the public and the courts and ordered a Department of Justice attorney to detail how difficult it would be for the FBI to manually search for the records in evidence control centers in Oklahoma City, Washington, D.C., and at an FBI crime lab.

Waddoups, who set a June 30 deadline for government attorneys, wants the information before deciding whether the FBI has complied with federal freedom of information laws in Trentadue’s case.

Trentadue sued the FBI and the CIA in 2008 seeking release of tapes and records from the fatal bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building.

The lawsuit came two years after Trentadue first sought the information.

In papers filed in U.S. District Court, Trentadue contends the FBI’s efforts to locate the information he wants have been inadequate, and he argues… Continue reading

International Hearings on the Events of September 11, 2001

Announcement dated May 6, 2011

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the International Center for 9/11 Studies
will sponsor four days of citizen hearings at Ryerson University in the city
of Toronto, Canada. These international hearings will be commonly referred to
as the Toronto Hearings and more information can be found at http://torontohearings.org/.

The objectives of the hearings are as follows:

(1) To present evidence that the U.S. government’s official investigation
into the events of September 11, 2001, as pursued by various government and
government-appointed agencies, is seriously flawed and has failed to describe
and account for the 9/11 events.

(2) To single out the most weighty evidence of the inadequacy of the U.S.
government’s investigation; to organize and classify that evidence; to
preserve that evidence; to make that evidence widely known to the public and
to governmental, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations.

(3) To submit a record and a summary of the Hearings, together with signed
Statutory Declarations by witnesses, to relevant governments, groups and international
agencies with the request that a full and impartial investigation be launched
into the events of September 11, 2001, which have been used to initiate military
invasions and to restrict the rights of citizens.

(4) To engage the attention of the public and media through witness testimony
as well as through public talks and media events during the four day event.

For more information, contact the steering committee at http://torontohearings.org/about/.

Please support a participant in the Toronto Hearings by making a donation… Continue reading

Obama Says “Justice Has Been Done”: Bin Laden Scholar Says No

by David Ray Griffin
May 6, 2011

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/obama-says-justice-has-been-done-bin-laden-scholar-says-no-121381654.html

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Nobel Peace Prize nominee
Dr. David Ray Griffin’s 2009 book, “Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive?”
presented compelling evidence that bin Laden died in December 2001 — prompting
a BBC documentary of the same name.

Griffin, founder of the soon to be announced 9/11 Consensus Panel, and named
among the New Statesman’s “50 People Who Matter Today,” today released
the following statement:

President Obama, speaking of the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, said: “Justice
has been done.”

It has been widely assumed that, if bin Laden is now dead, the person most
responsible for the 9/11 attacks has been brought to justice. But the US government
has never provided evidence that the attacks were carried out by bin Laden and
his al-Qaeda organization.

In September 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell promised to provide this
evidence, but the next day recanted, saying “most of [the evidence] is
classified.”

In October, Prime Minister Tony Blair provided evidence that bin Laden and
al-Qaeda planned and executed the 9/11 attacks. But he added:

“This document does not purport to provide a prosecutable case against
Osama Bin Laden in a court of law.”

The FBI’s acts that made bin Laden a “Most Wanted Terrorist” does
not include the 9/11 attacks. The FBI’s chief of investigative publicity explained:
“The FBI has been no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.”

A December 2001 video shows a heavy-set Osama… Continue reading

Campaign ends torturous treatment of Bradley Manning

Supporters of accused WikiLeaks source vow to fight on for open trial and freedom

May 5, 2011
By the Bradley Manning Support Network
Published at Couragetoresist.org

Photo of Free Bradley Manning ProtestHundreds of thousands of individuals globally celebrate today the confirmation that their efforts to end the torturous pre-trial confinement conditions inflicted upon US Army PFC Bradley Manning have been successful. Manning’s lead defense attorney, David E. Coombs of Rhode Island, has personally verified that Manning is indeed being held in Medium Custody confinement at the Joint Regional Corrections Facility (JRCF) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as claimed by the Army last week.

“We won this battle because 600,000 individuals took the time to write letters and sign petitions, because thousands called the White House switchboard, because 300 of America’s top legal scholars decried Bradley’s pre-trial conditions as a clear violation of our Constitution’s 5th and 8th Amendments,” declared Jeff Paterson of Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network. “We won this battle because over a hundred concerned citizens engaged in civil disobedience at the White House and at Quantico, and because our grassroots campaign shows no sign of slowing.”

These new conditions reflect a dramatic improvement for Manning following his transfer to Fort Leavenworth on April 20, 2011, after having suffered extreme solitary-like confinement at US Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. During the nine months at Quantico, Manning was denied meaningful exercise, social interaction, sunlight, and was at times kept completely naked. These conditions were unique to Manning and were illegal under US… Continue reading

The Public Death of a Public Enemy

May 2, 2011

From the CBC Radio program "As it Happens:"
BIN LADEN: US REACTION Duration: 00:07:47

News of Osama Bin Laden’s death last night brought Donna Marsh O’Connor sadness
and a sense of loss.

That’s an unusual reaction for anyone — but especially for someone who lost
a pregnant daughter in the September eleventh attacks nearly ten years ago,
and could have had a grandchild by now.

Donna is now the spokesperson for September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows,
a group that aims to turn the grief of losing a loved one in the 2001 attacks
into a catalyst for peace.

We reached her in Syracuse, New York.

Hear the audio at:
http://www.cbc.ca/video/news/audioplayer.html?clipid=1906256326

 

 

NFL player comes under fire for 9/11 tweets

By Reuters
Rawstory.com

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Rashard Mendenhall remained a target of sharp criticism by Twitter users on Tuesday after he posted a message questioning whether news that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed should be cheered.
 

Editor’s Note:
Hardly “news”, really… the reaction to Mendenhall’s Tweets about bin Laden serves as yet another example of the way Americans, and their corporate media, shoot the messenger rather than address any questions. Notice the Steelers corporation’s immediate response was to “support the troops”, as if asking why they’re fighting in the first place is unfathomable, unpatriotic or objectionable. Actually, Mendenhall addressed this very dilemma succinctly with his reply to some of the Twitter responses: “There is not an ignorant bone in my body. I just encourage you to think.”

Bravo, sir! It’s wonderful to see an athlete serve as a true role model, for a change. Thank you.

 
As spontaneous celebrations broke out in the hours after the nation learned bin Laden was shot dead by U.S. forces in Pakistan, Mendenhall used the social media site to denounce the response.

“What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side,” Mendenhall wrote in a message posted to the social media site on Monday.

Some Twitter users responded by asking if Mendenhall would have said “the same thing when people celebrated Hitler’s death,” others said it was “ignorant” to give… Continue reading

Let the Patriot Act die

Invasive provisions about to expire haven’t made us safer

By Coleen Rowley and Philip Leggiere
April 25, 2011
WashingtonTimes.com

In little more than a month, three of the 160 provisions of the notorious Patriot
Act are set to expire. While federal officials have claimed that Congress must
reauthorize those provisions to keep the nation safe, we should take their claims
with a grain of proverbial salt. Last month, FBI Director Robert Mueller urged
Congress to extend these provisions, set to expire May 27, and even to make
them permanent. Section 215 authorizes secret court orders for business records.
The “Lone Wolf” wiretapping provision allows the government to track
non-U.S. citizens inside the country even if they have no affiliation to a foreign
power or terrorist group. Finally, the “John Doe” roving wiretap
provision allows open-ended wiretapping orders limited neither to a particular
suspect nor particular phones or devices.

Mr. Mueller warned ominously that without these powers, law enforcement and
counterterror investigations would be severely undermined, adding, predictably,
that they are “critical to national security.”

But his words have an all too familiar – and hollow – ring.

Nine years ago, before Coleen Rowley (co-author of this article) retired from
a 24-year career as an FBI special agent, she wrote to Mr. Mueller to point
out some of the bureau’s failures prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
A disturbing lack of accountability had followed the attacks with the director
and other officials falsely suggesting that U.S. intelligence agencies lacked
advance… Continue reading

Today Is Not a Day of Celebration for Me

by Kristen Breitweiser, 9/11 widow and activist
May 2, 2011
Huffingtonpost.com

When my husband was killed on the morning of 9/11, television stations around
the world ran split-screen video. They showed the buildings still burning juxtaposed
against young Arabs celebrating in the streets. That disturbing vision left
me incredulous; it was forever emblazoned on my psyche.

Ten years later, now fully awake in the bright sunlight of the day, when I
contemplate the definition of victory for our country when it comes to the death
of Osama bin Laden, I can only think about the damage that has been done.

I think about the thousands of lives lost — American, Afghani, Iraqi. I know
firsthand the sorrow those families have felt. I ponder how the billions —
maybe trillions — of dollars could have been better spent. I remain alarmed
about the continued expansion of absolute Executive power in the name of fighting
this seemingly ongoing and never-ending "war on terror." I worry about
the further erosion of our constitutional rights. I wonder when our troops will
ever be called home. I know all too well, that thousands of young American men
and women soldiers will never have the opportunity to return home. And of course,
I fear reprisal.

But more than anything, I cannot seem to remove the optics of the giddy, gleeful
throngs of Americans who took to the streets celebrating in the early morning
hours.

Forgive me, but I don’t want to watch uncorked champagne spill onto… Continue reading

From 2002: George W. Bush on bin Laden–’I truly am not that concerned about him’

BUSH : “We haven’t heard from him in a long time. … Terror is bigger than one person. And he’s just — he’s a person who’s now been marginalized. … I just don’t spend that much time on him… we haven’t heard much from him. And I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don’t know where he is. I — I’ll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run.

March 13, 2002
Comments by then-President George W. Bush
Georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov

For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary March 13, 2002

President Bush Holds Press Conference Press Conference by the President The James S. Brady Briefing Room View Listen 4:00 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon.

. . .

Q Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? Also, can you tell the American people if you have any more information, if you know if he is dead or alive? Final part — deep in your heart, don’t you truly believe that until you find out if he is dead or alive, you won’t really eliminate the threat of –

THE PRESIDENT: Deep in my heart I know the man is on the run, if he’s alive at all. Who knows if he’s hiding in some cave or not; we haven’t heard from him in a long time. And the idea of focusing… Continue reading

From 2006: FBI says, “No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11″

June 7 2006

FBI says, “No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11″

Reread this full article, reprinted at 911truth.org from Muckraker (no longer available online) here:
No Hard Evidence Connecting bin Laden to 9/11

Courtesy of The Muckraker Report

June 6, 2006 — This past weekend, a thought provoking e-mail circulated through Internet news groups, and was sent to the Muckraker Report by Mr. Paul V. Sheridan (Winner of the 2005 Civil Justice Foundation Award), bringing attention to the FBI‘s Most Wanted Terrorist web page for Usama Bin Laden.[1] (See bottom of this web page for Most Wanted page) In the e-mail, the question is asked, “Why doesn’t Usama Bin Laden’s Most Wanted poster make any direct connection with the events of September 11, 2001?” The FBI says on its Bin Laden web page that Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998 bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. According to the FBI, these attacks killed over 200 people. The FBI concludes its reason for “wanting” Bin Laden by saying, “In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorists attacks throughout the world.”

On June 5, 2006, the Muckraker Report contacted the FBI Headquarters, (202) 324-3000, to learn why Bin Laden’s Most Wanted poster did not indicate that Usama was also wanted in connection with 9/11. The Muckraker Report spoke with Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI. When asked why… Continue reading

From 1998: ‘Bin Laden comes home to roost’

His CIA ties are only the beginning of a woeful story

Photo of Osama bin Laden By Michael Moran
August 24, 1998 MSNBC

BRAVE NEW WORLD

Image: Usama bin Laden, Credit: AP Exiled Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden is seen in this April, 1998 photo in Afghanistan.

NEW YORK, Aug. 24, 1998 — At the CIA, it happens often enough to have a code name: Blowback. Simply defined, this is the term describing an agent, an operative or an operation that has turned on its creators. Osama bin Laden, our new public enemy Number 1, is the personification of blowback. And the fact that he is viewed as a hero by millions in the Islamic world proves again the old adage: Reap what you sow.

Befpre up [sic] click on my face and call me naive, let me concede some points. Yes, the West needed Josef Stalin to defeat Hitler. Yes, there were times during the Cold War when supporting one villain (Cambodia’s Lon Nol, for instance) would have been better than the alternative (Pol Pot). So yes, there are times when any nation must hold its nose and shake hands with the devil for the long-term good of the planet.

But just as surely, there are times when the United States, faced with such moral dilemmas, should have resisted the temptation to act. Arming a multi-national coalition of Islamic extremists in Afghanistan during the 1980s – well after the destruction of the Marine barracks in Beirut or the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 – was one of those times.…

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The many deaths of Osama bin Laden

A look back at the years of false reports that preceded Sunday night’s announcement of the real thing
By Justin Elliott
Salon.com

Photo of Osama bin Laden

FILE – In this 1998 file photo, Ayman al-Zawahri, left, holds a press conference with Osama bin Laden in Khost, Afghanistan and made available Friday March 19, 2004. A person familiar with developments said Sunday, May 1, 2011 that bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has the body.
(AP Photo/Mazhar Ali Khan)

 

The false reports of Osama bin Laden’s death began almost immediately after Sept. 11, 2001, and persisted at a rate of at least once or twice a year, every year. The reports — generated by (usually anonymous) statements by American officials and a dizzying array of foreign sources — often generated international headlines.

Here’s a sampling:

July 2002 FBI counterterrorism chief Dale Watson tells a law enforcement conference of bin Laden: “I personally think he is probably not with us anymore, but I have no evidence to support that.”

August 2002 Popular conspiracy-mongering radio host Alex Jones announces, citing high-level Bush administration sources, “that bin Laden died of natural causes and that his family has given the body to the CIA.” Jones added, “they’re gonna roll him out right before the election, he’s on ice right now.”

May 2003 French military analyst announces that bin Laden was killed in an American air raid in Tora Bora shortly after the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

February 2004 Iranian Radio reports that bin Laden was captured… Continue reading

News: Bin Laden Dead, Buried at Sea

Obama: Osama bin Laden is dead

By Kase Wickman
RawStory.com

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the number one most-wanted fugitive for nearly a decade, was killed in Pakistan Sunday, the White House announced.

President Barack Obama made a live statement shortly after 11:30 p.m. from the East Room of the White House.

“Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children,” he began.

The U.S. received an intelligence lead last August about bin Laden’s whereabouts, Obama said, and that he had enough information by Sunday to launch a targeted military operation on the compound pinpointed as bin Laden’s location, in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

“A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability,” Obama said. “No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”

White House officials said that the operation was in cooperation with Pakistani authorities, and was carried out by Navy SEALs in helicopters who rehearsed the operation to avoid civilian casualties. Reportedly, one woman who was used as a human shield was killed.

Crowds gathered outside the White House and around the country after the speech, waving flags and singing the National Anthem. U.S. diplomatic centers are reportedly on high alert in… Continue reading

Bush court dismisses 9/11 suit against Bush officials, orders sanctions

by Rady Ananda
April 29, 2011
Global
Research

Rather than judicially review significant evidence in the events of September
11, 2001, on April 27, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s
dismissal of an Army Specialist’s complaint against former Vice President
Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard Myers.

One of Plaintiff April Gallop’s attorneys, William Veale, didn’t
know whether to relate the decision to “Kafka, Orwell, Carroll, or Huxley,”
referring to the absurdity and dearth of reason emanating from the court regarding
the deadliest attack on U.S. soil the nation has ever faced.

“The Court’s decision, analogous to reviewing an Indictment in
a liquor store hold-up without mentioning the guy walking in with a gun, refuses
to acknowledge even the existence of the three defendants much less what they
were doing that morning or saying about it afterwards,” Veale added.

Of the three judges on the panel, John Mercer Walker, Jr. is first cousin of
former President George H.W. Bush and first cousin once removed of George W.
Bush, who used 9/11 to manipulate public emotion to support passage of the unconstitutional
PATRIOT Acts and waging illegal wars of aggression in the Middle East. According
to Wikipedia, Walker shares a grandfather with the 41st president, George Herbert
Walker, whose daughter married Prescott Bush. A motion to force Judge Walker’s
removal from the case was denied, despite a clear conflict of interest.

The lawsuit, prepared by… Continue reading