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Witnesses in Defense Dept. Report Suggest Cover-Up of 9/11 Findings

By Catherine Herridge
Exclusive by Foxnews.com

Image of Operation Dark Heart A document obtained and witnesses interviewed by Fox News raise new questions over whether there was an effort by the Defense Department to cover up a pre-9/11 military intelligence program known as “Able Danger.”

At least five witnesses questioned by the Defense Department’s Inspector General told Fox News that their statements were distorted by investigators in the final IG’s report — or it left out key information, backing up assertions that lead hijacker Mohammed Atta was identified a year before 9/11.

Atta is believed to have been the ringleader of the Sept. 11 hijackers who piloted American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center. Claims about how early Atta first tripped the radar of the Department of Defense date back to 2005, but those claims never made it into the Inspector General’s report. The report was completed in 2006 and, until now, has been available only in a version with the names of virtually all of the witnesses blacked out.

Fox News, as part of an ongoing investigation, exclusively obtained a clean copy of the report and spoke to several principal witnesses, including an intelligence and data collector who asked that she not be named.

The witness told Fox News she was interviewed twice by a Defense Department investigator. She said she told the investigator that it was highly likely a department database included the picture of Atta, whom she knew under an alias, Mohammed el-Sayed.

The Defense Intelligence Agency has blocked a book about the tipping point in Afghanistan and a controversial pre-9/11 data mining project called “Able Danger.”

“When it came to the picture, (the investigator) he was fairly hostile,” the witness told Fox News.…

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California Initiative to Enact a 9/11 Truth Commission Law

October 7, 2010
A California Initiative to Enact a 9/11 Truth Commission Law

FORMER U.S. SENATOR MIKE GRAVEL

Senator Gravel read the “Pentagon Papers” into the Senate record
in 1971, and thus helped bring an end to the Viet Nam war. Currently, over 1300
architects and engineers are calling for a new investigation of 9/11
(see http://ae911truth.org).
Senator Gravel and concerned citizens are joining together to raise funds to
file an initiative in California to enact a 9/11 Truth Commission law. The goal
is a new commission untainted by politics and with subpoena powers.

The senator’s talk will focus on the 9/11 initiative, but he will also speak
on other topics and will take questions.

When: Monday, October 11, 2010 7:30PM

Where: 909 12th Street (in the conference room), Sacramento,
CA 95814

Admission: Free. Donations appreciated.

Info: Dave Kimball 916-372-8433

Endorsed by: Sacramento 9/11 Truth, Davis 9/11 Truth, Davis
for 9/11 Truth, Sacramento Area Peace Action …

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Lawless Nation – Congress

By Michael Collins
Part II of III (Part I)
October 7, 2010
The Agonist

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WASHINGTON – Placed in office through legalized bribery, supported by public
funding for their every need, protected against the laws that we’re expected
to obey, Congress represents the epitome of lawlessness; lawmakers who have
no regard for the law. (Image)

Members of Congress are different. They get to retire at age 62 with lifetime pensions and health benefits. To qualify, they need just five years of service. They get free phone, mail, and other communications plus paid domestic and foreign travel. Supposedly, they’re not allowed to take gifts but the list of exceptions offers plenty of room for luxurious appreciation.

The biggest gift of all – a six to seven figure job with a major corporation or lobbying firm right after retirement – is still fair game for any member. The revolving door never stops.

But supposedly Congress passes laws for the public benefit. They come to power based on contributions from their patrons, usually large donors. Then members resolutely deny that these contributions translate into legislation favorable to the donors. If pressed, member’s state that the contributions merely buy access not votes.

In fact, members routinely vote the interests of their largest patrons. Thus, the contributions are a form of legalized bribery (“a favor or promise given to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust.”).

The financial industry contributed hundreds of millions to current… Continue reading

An Account of My Recent Illness(es)

Published October 6, 2010
by David Ray Griffin
Source: 911Truth.org

I experienced some serious illnesses during June and July that almost resulted in my death. Because many people have kindly expressed interest in my condition, and also because I do not wish to repeat myself dozens of times, I have written up this account.

Background: I had experienced some medical problems starting in 1990 that are relevant to the recent conditions, although these illnesses themselves involved no serious concerns.

In 1990, 1995, and 1997, I had back operations for herniated discs. Although the first of these three operations involved serious pain, there were no complications, hence nothing serious.

Then in 2005, my doctor discovered something potentially more serious: My aortic valve developed serious stenosis (due to rheumatic fever I had as a child). My aortic value was replaced by a pig valve. As before, there were no complications.

However, hospital operations occasionally lead to diseases, so the fact that I had so many operations with no complications must be considered lucky. In 2010, my luck ran out.

In June of 2010, I had a fourth back operation. It was by the same surgeon, and it was quite simple — so simple that I was able to leave the hospital the third day. Also, during my first week at home, my healing seemed to continue with no problems.

But, things suddenly became problematic. During the following weeks, I became increasingly unable to walk. Finally I was sent to the emergency room,… Continue reading

Lawless Nation – the Executive Branch, Part I

By Michael Collins
Part I of III
October 4, 2010
American
Politics Journal

WASHINGTON – Selected to run by the powerful and wealthy, promising the public
one thing and delivering another after elected, the President of the United
States is the focus of a new political doctrine — the unitary executive.
The office of the president has rapidly become a law unto itself over the past
ten years.

Some time before February 2010, the President of the United States authorized the assassination of a U.S. citizen living overseas. The citizen was identified by the White House as a terrorist.

Unlike previous government programs to kill individuals overseas, this one wasn’t a covert operation. The program was openly announced, without qualification. Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence, discussed the plan in February at a congressional hearing. A few weeks later, John O. Brennan, the president’s National Security Adviser,
announced that the marked man was one of “dozens” of U.S. citizens put
on the presidential death list because “they are very concerning to us.”

The principal of unfettered executive power, absent political and
judicial restraint, was officially established. Executive power now supersedes established law.

We have come to the point where the president can openly designate a
U.S. citizen as a terrorist removing all rights, including the right to
life. The administration implied that this was for overseas targets only. But recall that the illegal wiretapping program was originally
for overseas calls only. It rapidly spread to domestic surveillance,… Continue reading

Former NY Giant George Martin and a Journey for 9/11

October 1, 2010
www.ajourneyfor911.info

 

Poster for A Journey for 9/11 2010

Retired NFL great George Martin, who walked from New York to San Diego in 2007-08 to help thousands of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers with serious medical conditions, is hitting the road once again. On Sunday, October 17, 2010, Martin will lead an assembly of former New York Giants and other NFL alumni, 9/11 first responders and others in the 2nd Annual “Giant Steps for 9/11″ Walk and Family Fun Day to raise funds for thousands of Ground Zero first responders.

“The care of our 9/11 first responders is a national problem and an American responsibility,” said Martin, co-captain of the Super Bowl XXI Champion New York Giants (1986), who formed a Journey for 9/11 Foundation at the completion of his cross-country trek. “Government funding and insurance policies do not adequately cover the substantial cost of the care these people desperately need. As Americans, we must do more. We cannot turn our backs on those who answered the call and now suffer with serious medical conditions.”

Beginning at 9 a.m., the 2nd Annual Giant Steps for 9/11 Walk is a family friendly, 10-mile walk from the George Washington Bridge to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (“FDU”) Hackensack’s campus. For less adventurous walkers, a shorter four-mile walk will start at approximately 10:45 a.m. at Hackensack University Medical Center and end at FDU. Following the walk event, a Family Fun Day for all registrants will commence on the FDU campus.

Registration for the walk event is $35 per person.… Continue reading

Pentagon burns book and makes it a best-seller

October 1, 2010
By Michael Calderone
news.yahoo.com

Publishers know that controversy fuels book sales. Apparently, so does burning them.

The Pentagon has only helped build buzz around “Operation Dark Heart,” a firsthand account of special operations in Afghanistan, by burning 9,500  copies — nearly all the first run. (Some review copies, released before publication, have filtered out and sold for more than $2,000 on eBay, according to Time magazine.)

Destroying books isn’t an everyday occurrence. In fact, the Pentagon says it has never destroyed copies of a book before. But in this case, the Pentagon contends that Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s work includes classified information that shouldn’t have been published and therefore it was the only option.

On Sept. 24, four days after the burning, publisher St. Martin’s Press printed 50,000 copies of the book with supposedly classified information now blacked out. Even with redactions, the second run — five times larger than the first — is selling well. Time magazine noted that “Operation Dark Heart” hit No. 1 on Amazon’s biography list and No. 2 on Barnes & Noble’s political list.

The Pentagon may have succeeded in keeping thousands of unredacted copies from hitting the shelves, but it cannot be certain that the book’s contents won’t ever reach readers. In the digital age, it’s nearly impossible to completely destroy anything. WikiLeaks, the secretive whistleblower site, called the Pentagon “Nazi punks” for burning the books and has already threatened to post an unredacted copy on the Internet.… Continue reading

Ashcroft’s Post-9/11 Roundups Spark Lawsuit

By William Fisher
ipsnews.net

NEW YORK, Sep 27, 2010 (IPS) – Hundreds of people who believe they were falsely detained and imprisoned by the Department of Justice in the wake of the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks are now seeking redress through the U.S. courts.

The exact number of detainees is unclear, as no lists were ever released publicly. But according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General in 2002, 475 9/11 detainees were arrested and detained in New York and New Jersey. Hundreds more were arrested across the country.

Some of these men are plaintiffs in a federal class action lawsuit against former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other top officials in the administration of President George W. Bush (2001-2009) who were responsible for their illegal roundup, abuse and detention.

The suit charges that the detainees were kept in solitary confinement with the lights on 24 hours a day; placed under a communications blackout so that they could not seek the assistance of their attorneys, families and friends; subjected to physical and verbal abuse; forced to endure inhumane conditions of confinement; and obstructed in their efforts to practice their religion.

Some of the abuse included beatings, repeated strip searches and sleep deprivation. The allegations of inhumane and degrading treatment have been substantiated by two reports of the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, and several defendants in the case have been convicted on federal charges of cover-ups and beatings of other prisoners around the same time… Continue reading

Ron Paul and 159 Congress People Vote Against Healthcare for Sick 9/11 Heroes

by Scott Ford
September 30, 2010
visibility911.com/ford

The following names are the people in Congress that voted AGAINST helping the 9/11 1st Responders with health care. There are about 900 dead responders since the attacks 9 years ago, and tens of thousands more sick and dying. When everybody was running away from Ground Zero, these people were running in to save as many people as they can. The people on this list feel that we should not help them. Please adjust your voter ballots accordingly in November.

Editor’s Note:
Research Tool: More information about this or any other bill can easily be found at govtrac.us.
Details on H.R. 847: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 are here.

No Votes (160)

Member, Party, District

Robert B. Aderholt, R, AL-4
Todd Akin, R, MO-2
Rodney Alexander, R, LA-5
Steve Austria, R, OH-7
Michele Bachmann, R, MN-6
Spencer Bachus, R, AL-6
J. Gresham Barrett, R, SC-3
Roscoe G. Bartlett, R, MD-6
Joe L. Barton, R, TX-6
Marion Berry, D, AR-1
Judy Biggert, R, IL-13
Brian P. Bilbray, R, CA-50
Gus Bilirakis, R, FL-9
Rob Bishop, R, UT-1
Marsha Blackburn, R, TN-7
John A. Boehner, R, OH-8
Jo Bonner, R, AL-1
Mary Bono Mack, R, CA-45
John Boozman, R, AR-3
Charles Boustany Jr., R, LA-7
Kevin Brady, R, TX-8
Bobby Bright, D, AL-2
Paul Broun, R, GA-10
Henry E. Brown Jr., R, SC-1
Ginny Brown-Waite, R, FL-5
Vern Buchanan, R, FL-13
Michael C. Burgess, R, TX-26
Dan Burton, R,… Continue reading

9/11 Health & Compensation Bill Passes House

9/11 Health and Compensation Bill Passes House

International
Association of Fire Fighters

September 29, 2010 — Legislation to establish health treatment and monitoring
programs for World Trade Center responders was overwhelmingly approved by a
bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives.

H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, was approved
by a vote of 268-160. The vote to pass the bill followed an attempt by Representative
Christopher Lee (R-NY) and House Republican Leadership to amend H.R. 847 by
adding unrelated legislation to repeal a portion of the health care reform law
and reform the medical malpractice system. The motion failed by a vote of 185-244.
Had the motion succeeded, it would have effectively killed the bill.

“I am pleased that the 9/11 Act passed the House by an overwhelming and bipartisan
majority,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. “World Trade Center
responders know they are finally one step closer to receiving the care and benefits
they need and deserve.”

The September 29 vote follows a previous attempt to pass H.R. 847 in the House
earlier this year under rules requiring a two-thirds majority for passage. That
attempt fell 21 votes short of a two-thirds majority.

Following that setback, the IAFF lobbied extensively to bring the bill back
up under regular order, supplementing the efforts of New York Local 94 and Local
854.

“Our two New York City affiliates, their leadership and their members lobbied
tirelessly to move the 9/11 Act forward,” says Schaitberger. “Today’s vote is… Continue reading

Update on HR 847 From John Feal

September 21, 2010
By John Feal
FealGood Foundation

Dear Friends, Supporters and Fellow First Responders:

As most of you are aware, the past twenty-four hours have been extremely chaotic
in regards to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. I, along with
fellow FealGood Foundation board members, have worked with various union leaders
to keep the pressure on our elected officials. As of approximately 5:30 today
our bill was moved into the “Rules Committee” of the United States
House of Representatives and prepared for full House vote. While a modest victory,
this should be considered a step forward to our ultimate goal. However, to our
great displeasure, a date for such a vote has not yet been announced. This is
unacceptable and over the next twenty-four hours we will continue to place additional
pressure on leadership to give us the date we have waited nine years for.

Make no mistake, all involved in this struggle consider it an insult of the
highest degree that we are forced to continue to lobby House leaders to merely
place this bill on calendar. Despite this, we have been advised that the bill
will be given a date for vote tomorrow, September 22, 2010. While promises to
this fragile community have been made and broken so many times that I do not
expect you to believe this one, we must respect the leadership our New York
Congressional Delegation has provided and rely on them to ensure that this promise
is kept. Tomorrow, the… Continue reading

Project Censored ‘Censored’ because of Stance on 9/11 Truth, New Book Released

September 21, 2010
by John Bursill
Visibility911.com/johnbursill/

Censored 201111This
years new Project Censored book, Censored 2011, has been released including
numerous stories and references to the 9/11 cover up. Dr. Peter Phillips and
Mickey Huff explain in this interview that they have been censored by so called
“alternative” left wing publications because of their refusal to drop
9/11 truth content!

From the show notes: “Censored 2011″ with Dr. Peter Phillips and
Dr. Mickey Huff. We discuss the new Project Censored book and some of the most censored
news stories of the past year. –END–

Listen Here: Guns
and Butter: Project Censored 2011

Please buy the new book and help fight media censorship! Project
Censored 2011

Thanks again for another wonderful interview by Bonnie and her team at Guns
and Butter KPFA

RELATED

See Project Censored.org for a list of the Top
Censored Stories
each year going back to 1976. You can join
their mailing list here
.

Censored 2011- New Book Release on 9/15
Censored Notebook

Project Censored’s “Censored 2011: The Top Censored Stories of
2009-2010″ is now available for order here! This year’s volume is truly Media Democracy in Action. Not only does it cover the most under-reported stories the corporate media ignore, but
this year’s Censored Deja Vu, Junk Food News and News Abuse, Signs of
Health, and FAIR’s 10th anniversary of Fear and Favor in the News Room.
A full Truth Emergency section debuts this year for “Censored 2011″ to
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The Court Jester and 9/11 Truth

By Cosmos 9/11 Truth News

Photo of Jon Stewart with 9/11 sign Attacked by the Left. Attacked by the Right. Attacked by “edgy” political comedians for scant, confused laughs — with no discernible purpose other than to discourage and further isolate those seeking justice. No matter if their political affiliation is Coke, or whether they lean hard towards Pepsi, everyone in the corporate mainstream media can agree that 9/11 truth is a target worthy of derision.

Yet, strangely, none of them can seem to get their story straight.

When left-wing commentators denounce 9/11 truth activists, the activists are derided as right-wing conspiracy freaks — lumped in with the Tea Party and various hate groups. When it’s the Right’s turn to attack, those seeking answers about 9/11 are uniformly painted as Bush-burnt America haters, the very worst of the left-wing losers.

Sometimes — just to mix it up — a lefty journalist will agree that 9/11 truth is indeed a scourge of the Left, and even concoct a bizarre conspiracy theory to explain it away.

When it comes to political humor in the corporate media, the drill is exactly the same.

Last week, comedian Jon Stewart of The Daily Show announced his upcoming “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington DC. Using 9/11 truth as an example of the “insanity” that plagues this country, Stewart mocked the cause as right-wing kookiness, the equivalent of believing Obama is a secret muslim.

Stewart’s shtick is the exasperated moderate everyman, a lone voice of reason in a sea of insanity — willing… Continue reading

Letter to the 9/11 Truth Community: David Ray Griffin Needs Our Support Right Now

Letter from Tod Fletcher
posted September 15, 2010
911Truth.org

Dear 9/11 Truth Community,

As many in the 9/11 truth community know, David Ray Griffin has been in the hospital. He is recovering from major back surgery and serious complications from it. He will recover completely and be able to return to the cause, but his recovery will require a rather long time. At present he needs rest and therapy and he is not able to do the many things that he would be doing were he well.

One of his main concerns right now is that his new book, Cognitive Infiltration: an Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory, successfully make the impact that it should. As many in our community already know, it is a response to legal scholar (and now Obama appointee) Cass Sunstein’s highly deceptive argument for a new Cointelpro-like operation to be directed against the 9/11 truth movement. Griffin utilizes all his own remarkable capabilities to thoroughly deconstruct and expose the fraudulent nature of this prominent legal scholar’s call for an illegal operation. Griffin’s book was just published, at the beginning of September, and there hasn’t yet been time for many to have
read it.

Griffin feels the book is especially important and laments that he is not able to promote it as he would normally do. But there is a way that we can step in and fill his shoes — write and post reviews of the book, so that prospective readers… Continue reading

The Traitor Betrays Himself

A review of David Ray Griffin’s new book, Cognitive Infiltration:
an Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory

By Tod Fletcher
Posted September 15, 2010
911truth.org

Shortly after taking office on January 20, 2009 President Obama appointed Harvard
law professor (and personal friend) Cass Sunstein to the post of administrator
of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In June 2009
Sunstein published an essay in The Journal of Political Philosophy entitled
“Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures,” in which he provided an “analysis”
of conspiracy theories, viewing them, as his title indicated, as “caused”
by “informational isolation” and requiring “cures”, i.e.,
elimination. The article led to an outcry by civil libertarians of all political
stripes, who especially singled out for protest Sunstein’s call for covert “cognitive
infiltration” by government agents of organizations the government deems
“conspiracist”.

Because Sunstein explicitly states that “9/11 conspiracy theories”
are his main focus, virtually all interpreters have agreed that Sunstein’s call
for what is essentially another Cointelpro Operation is directed specifically
against the 9/11 truth movement. (Cointelpro, or “Counter Intelligence
Program”, was the FBI’s name for its high-priority operations to infiltrate,
provoke, undermine and disable civil rights, socialist, antiwar, black power
and Native American movements during the late 1950s and the 1960s.) The fantastic
picture Sunstein paints of the 9/11 truth movement as “harmful,” “dangerous,”
and likely to resort to “terrorism” suggests that he is serving a
function similar to Philip Zelikow’s during the Bush/Cheney years; in his own
way, Sunstein… Continue reading

Toward Justice

by Missy Comley Beattie
September 10, 2010
Counterpunch

Our experiences and what we do with them shape and determine our trajectory.
Often, they change us gradually; sometimes, they are immediately life altering.
So much so that months, even years later, a thought, a song, even an aroma can
transport us, abruptly, into the past. Some events are wonderful. Others are
brutal.

The phone call from my sister, telling me that Chase was killed in Iraq, is
among the brutal.

My nephew, Chase Comley, died a little over five years ago. He enlisted in
the military because he believed our freedoms were in jeopardy, a message George
Bush gaveled into the American psyche after 19 hijackers used planes as weapons
to attack US symbols of power on 9/11.

This week, we mark the ninth anniversary of that turning point, the day that
invokes images of death and destruction, and the date that heralded our post-9/11
world with its increased militarism/imperialism resulting in more death and
destruction, mainstream media failure, the Patriot Act, a surveillance state,
torture, indefinite detention, military tribunals, corporatism, economic collapse,
and Islamophobia.

I have just watched 9/11 Press for Truth at the urging of Jon Gold, a friend
and fellow member of Peace of the Action. Gold has worked diligently to bring
justice for 9/11 families.

Less than two minutes into the film, George Bush says: “Today our fellow
citizens, our way of life, our very freedom, came under attack.”

Members of the Bush Administration tell us there… Continue reading

Radio Interviews with Michael Berger, 911Truth.org Media Coordinator

Michael Berger, Media Coordinator for 911truth.org, was scheduled for a ten-minute interview this morning with Pat Brittenden of New Zealand’s NewstalkZB. Just over an hour prior to the scheduled appointment time, Pat called Michael to ask whether he could do the interview an hour early … with Gene Corley carrying the torch for the Official Story! Click here to listen to the explosive results of this surprise opportunity…

Mike Berger on NewstalkZB

Don’t miss Michael’s radio appearance tonight (Friday, September10th) at 6:00pm Central time on TalkSport Radio (www.talksport.net) in the UK, with presenter (host) George Galloway. Listen live here. “The UK’s best speech radio station” with sports and current affairs programming, live commentaries, interviews, debate and phone-ins. Available on 1089/1053 AM, DAB Digital Radio, Sky Digital 0108, Freeview 723, Digital Cable and at www.talkSPORT.net

Michael will take to the air again Sunday, 9/12 at 3:30 CDT on South Africa’s biggest talk show radio, Radio 702 with Kate Turkington. Listen here.

The Secret Files 9/11 Investigators Missed

by Philip Shenon
September 10, 2010
The Daily Beast.com

Why didn’t the commission investigating the devastating 2001 al Qaeda attacks thoroughly scrub the NSA’s files? Philip Shenon on the crucial records the government has never explored.

Are many of the secrets of 9/11 still hidden in top-secret government files?

Article - Shenon 9/11: photo of Bush at Booker Elementary

President Bush learned of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks while visiting Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla. (Doug Mills / AP Photo)

Almost certainly, say former staff members of the 9/11 Commission. With the nation scheduled to mark the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks this weekend, former staffers tell The Daily Beast it is clear that the 9/11 Commission, which went out of business in 2004, failed to conduct a thorough inspection of the government’s most important library of raw intelligence on al Qaeda and the 9/11 plot. And nobody appears to have inspected that intelligence since.

The archives, maintained by the National Security Agency at its headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, were reviewed — in a cursory fashion — only in the final days of the commission’s investigation, and then only because of last-minute staff complaints that the NSA’s vast database was being ignored.

Throughout its investigation, staffers complained, the commission’s leaders were fixated on what could be found in the terrorism files of the CIA and the FBI, the two big targets for criticism in the panel’s final report, and largely ignored the NSA, the government’s chief eavesdropping agency.

When the commission did get into… Continue reading