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FAA and NORAD Changed Records to Accord with Cheney Lies

By emptywheel
Saturday November 14, 2009 7:51 am
Firedoglake.com

A senior counsel for the 9/11 Commission, John Farmer, has written a book exposing the degree to which our response to 9/11 was disorganized and outdated, geared to respond to an attack from Russia rather than from terrorists. Most significantly, Farmer reveals that FAA and NORAD altered their chronologies of the day only after a briefing at the White House.

Perhaps nothing perturbs Farmer more than the contention that high-ranking officials responded quickly and effectively to the revelation that Qaeda attacks were taking place. Nothing, Farmer indicates, could be further from the truth: President George W. Bush and other officials were mostly irrelevant during the hijackings; instead, it was the ground-level commanders who made operational decisions in an ad hoc fashion.

[snip]

Yet both Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Vice President Dick Cheney, Farmer says, provided palpably false versions that touted the military’s readiness to shoot down United 93 before it could hit Washington. Planes were never in place to intercept it. By the time the Northeast Air Defense Sector had been informed of the hijacking, United 93 had already crashed. Farmer scrutinizes F.A.A. and NORAD records to provide irrefragable evidence that a day after a Sept. 17 White House briefing, both agencies suddenly altered their chronologies to produce a coherent timeline and story that “fit together nicely with the account provided publicly by Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz and Vice President Cheney.”

We’ve known for a long time that the… Continue reading

Our Terrorists

by Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed
New Internationalist.org

Islamic fundamentalist militants are the enemies of Israel and Western governments, right? Think again. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed reports.

Once upon a time, the CIA trained, financed and supported Osama bin Laden and his mujahidin networks in Afghanistan to repel the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. After the end of the Cold War, bin Laden turned against the West and we no longer had any use for him. His persistent terrorist attacks against us for more than a decade, culminating in 9/11, provoked our own response, in the form of the ‘War on Terror’. This is the official narrative. And it’s false. Not only did Western intelligence services continue to foster Islamist extremist and terrorist groups connected to al-Qaeda after the Cold War; they continued to do so even after 9/11.

The CIA’s jihad

The story begins in the summer of 1979, six months before the Soviet invasion, when the CIA had already begun financing elements of an emerging Islamist mujahidin force inside Afghanistan. The idea, according to former US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and former CIA Director Robert Gates, was to increase the probability of a Soviet invasion, and entrap ‘the Soviets into a Vietnamese quagmire’.1

Osama bin Laden arrived in the country later that year, sent by then-Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki bin Faisal, where he set up the Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK) which helped finance, recruit and train mujahidin fighters.2 Bin Laden, the MAK, and the Afghan mujahidin in total received… Continue reading

Tickets? The Hard Evidence Down Under Tour 2009 – Uncovering the Truth of the 9/11 Attacks

November 7, 2009
from John Brusill, The Hard Evidence Tour organizer:

Hello all,

We still have 135 (out of 292) Tickets to sell for Saturday the 14th event
and 210 (out of 292) for Sunday the 15th event.

Many of you have not bought tickets to the Sunday Event because you think it
probably won’t sell out or you didn’t know you had to? Please consider the organisers
and firm these seats now as payment on the day is a hassle and inconvenient
for all concerned!

To buy tickets for "Truth in Action" Sunday the 15th in Sydney here
www.stickytickets.com.au/2212/Truth_in_Action.aspx and please remember the steller
line up including Luke Rudkowski (Head of WeAreChange NY and founder of WAC),
Janice Matthews (Head of 911Truth.org), Cosmos (Head of TruthAction.org),
Ken Jenkins (911 Truth’s #1 Psychologist), Dr Frank Legge (Co-ed of the Journal
of 9/11 Studies) and Hereward Fenton (Australia’s top 9/11 Journalist)! Don’t
miss this event!

Special Ticket Offer’s

Bulk Buy Offer – buy 4 or more tickets (that’s every 4 bought) and get 1 free
(the fifth) for either Sat 14th or Sun 15th, so simply buy the tickets the normal
way then shoot me an e-mail and I will add one name (the fifth) to the free
door list!

Bring a Skeptic Offer – for FULL price ticket holders you can buy a ticket
for either events for a friend, family member or colleague that does not think
we are right about the 9/11 issue and Osama did it for… Continue reading

Eleventh of Every Month – ‘Heroes’

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Pentagon pursuing new investigation into Bush propaganda program

by Brad Jacobson
Thursday, November 5th, 2009
RawStory.com

Image of Pentagon Briefing[Read Part I, Part II and Part III of this series.]

The Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General is conducting a new investigation into a covert Bush administration Defense Department  program that used retired military analysts to produce positive wartime news coverage.

Last May, the Inspector General’s office rescinded and repudiated a prior internal investigation’s report on the retired military analyst program, which had been issued by the Bush administration, because it “did not meet accepted quality standards for an Inspector General work product.” Yet in recent interviews with Raw Story, Pentagon officials who took part in the program were still defending it by referencing this invalidated report.

Gary Comerford, Inspector General spokesman for the Defense Department, told Raw Story last week that his office is conducting an investigation into the retired military analyst program and confirmed that the investigation began during the summer.

Asked when his office expects to conclude the investigation, Comerford said, “As a matter of policy we do not set deadlines since any number of variables or factors could result in a delay.”

He did confirm that investigators in his office have read Raw Story’s recent articles on the topic.

Congressman John F. Tierney (D-MA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, issued a press release (cache link) this past June, announcing that Pentagon Inspector General Gordon Heddell had begun the new investigation.

Yet Raw Story and Comerford could find no other news… Continue reading

The Real Intelligence Failure

By Philip Giraldi
November 4, 2009
Campaign for Liberty

Most Americans believe that we are in a terrible dilemma. An increasing number are uncomfortable with the continuing carnage in Iraq and Afghanistan and fearful of the consequences of yet another Middle East war, this time against Iran, but most also believe that our country is threatened by dark forces that seek to destroy us and that extreme measures are justified. Few realize that fear alone is bringing about our transformation into a country driven by constant warfare to the detriment of our constitutional liberties.

Those who believe that a change of course is essential if we are to survive as a nation quite rightly demand the disengagement of the United States from two wars and the avoidance of further conflicts. They understand that the United States has acted unwisely and illegally in its interference in the affairs of others and also that the presence of American military forces all over the world has not made us safer and has in fact served as a catalyst for escalating violence. But those who see the state of the world with such clarity must first convince a majority of their fellow citizens that disengagement is not another word for national suicide. In short, the American people must come to understand that their safety is best assured when our government does not go around the world looking for dragons to slay. A key element in being able to reassure the American people could be… Continue reading

Amalgam Virgo: Document Reveals Details of Military Exercise Involving Suicide Pilot Three Months before 9/11

November 4, 2009
Kevin Fenton
History Commons Groups

New details of a NORAD exercise called Amalgam Virgo 01-02 have been found in a document at the National Archives. The exercise involved a suicide pilot attacking a military installation in the US. It was run in early June 2001, just three months before 9/11.

The document was found in the 9/11 Commission’s files at the National Archives by History Commons contributor Erik Larson (a.k.a. Paxvector) and uploaded to the 9/11 Document Archive at Scribd. Some information about the exercise was revealed at the History Commons Groups blog in June, when we publicised a commission document summarising a group of military exercises designed to help the military deal with suicide hijackings. However, the newly-found three-page scenario provides more detail.

In the scenario, a Haitian AIDS sufferer named Reginald Montrose forms an alliance with Columbian drug lords. This link-up is inspired by funding the Columbians have provided to treat AIDS patients in Haiti. Montrose plans to crash a Cessna into the headquarters of the Southeast Air Defense Sector (SEADS) in Florida. Its destruction will draw attention to the Haitians’ plight and “allow the drug cartel to flood the US with flights of aircraft and to increase their market share in the US drug market.”

The exercise starts with a call from a local airport manager to SEADS saying that they have found a suicide note in a suspicious car, and one of their small aircraft is missing. Another call then… Continue reading

Breaking: CIA agents guilty of Italy kidnap

November 4, 2009
BBC
News

An Italian judge has convicted 23 Americans – all but one of them CIA agents – and two Italian secret agents for the 2003 kidnap of a Muslim cleric.

The agents were accused of abducting Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, known as Abu Omar, from Milan and sending him to Egypt, where he was allegedly tortured.

The trial, which began in June 2007, is the first involving the CIA’s so-called “extraordinary rendition” programme.

Three Americans and five Italians were acquitted by the court in Milan.

The Americans were all tried in their absence as they have not been extradited from the US to Italy.

The CIA’s Milan station chief at the time, Robert Lady, was given an eight-year term, while the other 22 Americans convicted – one of them a US air force colonel – were sentenced to five years in prison.

Lawyers for the 23 Americans said they would appeal against their convictions.

The two Italian agents, who were convicted as accomplices to kidnapping, were given three-year prison terms.

The court also ruled that those convicted must pay 1m euros ($1.5m) in damages to Abu Omar and 500,000 euros to his wife.

CIA spokesman George Little in Washington declined to comment on the convictions, telling the Associated Press news agency: “The CIA has not commented on any of the allegations surrounding Abu Omar.”

Secrecy laws

Italian prosecutors said Abu Omar was taken as part of a series of extraordinary renditions carried out by the CIA – when terror suspects were moved between countries without any public legal process.…

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Australian ABC Protest on Remembrance Day with Gage/Rudkowski/Matthews/Cosmos

Hello all,

You may be surprised that after spending many hundreds of dollars in press
releases to media in Australia through the AAP News Wire (the best way to access
journalists) not one mainstream news journalist has contacted us about the “Hard
Evidence Tour”
. You might also be surprised that “our” ABC,
the national government broadcaster, has not yet reported on the discovery of
nanothermite in the dust at the WTC or on the growing numbers of Architects
and Engineers questioning the official version of the 9/11 Attacks represented
by Richard Gage (AIA) and www.AE911Truth.org.
These are just some of the continuing failures of our taxpayer-funded news broadcaster,
the ABC, so it once again must be brought to account by protest!

On Remembrance Day 2009 (11th of the 11th at 11am) this coming Wednesday please
join us at the ABC Studios in Ultimo, Sydney to ask why we have NO VOICE and
why the ABC continue to fail in their fiduciary (of trust) duty to inform the
Australian Public of the news about an alternate view of 9/11 and the clear
“Hard Evidence” of the Controlled Demolition of the three towers on
September 11, 2001!

How can the ABC deny Richard Gage (AIA), who represents nearly 1000 Architects
and Engineers, an interview, especially when he is with Janice Matthews, the
Executive Director of www.911Truth.org
and Luke Rudkowski, www.wearechange.org,
who is one of New York’s most prominent activists and victims’ representatives?
Well, we will endeavour to make it… Continue reading

Destruction of Flight Controllers’ Tape, Day of 9/11

Complete 911 Timeline

Open-Content investigative project managed by matt , Paul , KJF , blackmax

This is a news item pertaining to the Complete 911 Timeline investigative project, one of several grassroots investigations being hosted on the History Commons website. The data published as part of this investigation has been collected, organized, and published by members of the public who are registered users of this website.

 

Additions as of November 4, 2009 Source URL: http://www.historycommons.org/news.jsp?oid=140393703-933

One of the main focuses at the 9/11 Timeline recently has been the destruction of a tape of FAA flight controllers’ recollections. The tape was made at the FAA’s New York Center about an hour and a half after the attacks ended, despite worries about the procedure by a union official and the controllers. However, when New York Center forwarded evidence about the attacks to the FBI the next day, it did not provide the tape , and its existence was not reported to superiors . The controllers then prepared written statements without reviewing the tape , and a union official was concerned whether anyone had heard it. One of the controllers later asked to listen to the taped statement he had made, but his request was denied . When New York Center submitted a formal accident package, the tape was again absent . Although the Center had been told to retain 9/11 evidence , the tape was later destroyed. Following the tape’s destruction, the manager who destroyed it was suspended , but did not face criminal charges.…

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Truth Advocate News, November 2009

[Mailed to our email subscribers 11/2/09, republished here for ease of viewing]

Dear Truth Advocate,

A few updates of interest to readers follow . . .

1) 911TruthStore.com closing
2) The Hard Evidence Tour Down Under 2009
3) “The Turning Point”, statement from NYC Coalition for Accountability
Now

1) 911Truth.org is closing our online store, www.911truthstore.com
.
Due to a lack of necessary resources to continue to maintain and stock
it, fill orders and meet customer service needs and handle back-end administration, we are closing the store. We have marked prices down to at or below our original cost for nearly all remaining
inventory, which offers you a great opportunity to purchase brand new books,
DVDs, audio CDs, stickers, posters and deception/conception/media/election dollars
at really low prices.

As you may know, the store was previously a significant source of support for
the organization and to those of you who have supported us with purchases there,
we thank you very much. And of course, to those of you who have made and continue
to make contributions to the organization, thank you!

Of our list of nearly 18,000 subscribers and hundreds
of thousands
of readers each month (millions in September), 53
individuals made a donation
in October, ranging from $3.00 to $50.00.
We sincerely thank those 53 people.

If it is important to you to see 911truth.org continue to exist as
a valuable web presence and resource for important news and research, right
NOW is a critically important time for you to… Continue reading

French Journalists Interview Cynthia McKinney and Niels Harrit

by World911truth
October 28, 2009
911blogger.com

This is something you have not yet seen in any US media. French independent media La Télé Libre interviews two of the most prominent 9/11 truth activists, Cynthia McKinney and Niels Harrit. To understand the context of the interview, you need to know what is happening in France right now, because 9/11 is surely becoming a hot topic.

A year ago, French comedian Jean-Marie Bigard publicly questioned the official 9/11 story on a popular TV show and said a new investigation is needed. That was enough for him to be called a revisionist by a myriad of journalists and he even received many death threats along the way. Nine months later, Bigard came back on the topic, but this time he went as far as creating 11 videos in which he uses humor to ask questions about disturbing elements of the 9/11 Commission report. He is invited on several TV shows to talk about this and each time he gets vilified by journalists.

Recently, actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz also questioned the foundations of the official version of 9/11 in another TV show. He got the same treatment from the French press.

Both Mathieu Kassovitz and Jean-Marie Bigard will debate this hot topic on France 2 this October 28th (we will post a video of this show as soon as we receive it). Originally, France 2 was supposed to air a debate including two other people who also question the official story: Éric Laurent… Continue reading

New Site from Sibel Edmonds and friends – Boiling Frogs Post

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Welcome to Boiling Frogs Post – Tuesday, 27. October 2009

Forming the Irate Minority Club

Those of you who are getting here from our old place: Good to see and have you here. Those of you who are visiting my blog for the first time: Welcome and hope to have you here regularly. And those of you who somehow stumbled upon this site because of a typo or a confused link: This may just be the site you’ve been looking for, or not; take your time and check out a few old posts and comments, and you may decide to become one of our regulars, or not;-)

First, before I go any further, I want to thank Scott with Twerp Laboratories for my beautifully designed and executed new home, and for working with me so hard, patiently and diligently.

Next, I want you to meet our current team members here. In the next few days we’ll introduce you to several additional members.

For the last few months I have been either in meetings or on the phone with many veteran investigative journalists and producers. We’ve been talking about the current sorry state of our media. We’ve been discussing the lack of bold and independent investigative reports and exposés. We’ve been sharing our views on ways to do something about it. We’ve been talking business: How can we collaborate and form a venue where we can present some of the significant stories, cases, news, and editorials that have been… Continue reading

Your Support Needed for First Responders Bill

Bring Bill HR 847: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to the floor of Congress for a Vote Now

Sign the petition!

To: Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ms. Nancy Pelosi & All Congressional Representatives

We the undersigned urge Speaker of the House, Ms. Nancy Pelosi, to immediately commit to a firm date for bill HR 847: the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009 to be on the floor of the House of Representatives, for a vote.

Having lost over eight hundred September 11th first responders since that horrific day, we must act now as many, many more of our Nation’s Heroes are sick and dying due to the time they spent at the World Trade Center site.

We would like to to stress how important the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009 is to us, our community and America. It is time to get this bill to the House floor and passed so that those who put America first on September 11, 2001 are taken properly taken care of, now.

We want HR 847 passed by Thanksgiving so that we, as a country, can properly thank the thousands who have given so much of themselves, so selflessly. We have lost over eight hundred September 11th first responders since that horrific day, we MUST act now as many, many more of these men and women are sick and dying due to the time they spent at Ground Zero.

HR 847 ( http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h847/show… Continue reading

The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex

October 27, 2009
theREALnews
network

Larry Wilkerson: “From US debt to the geopolitics of
oil, the US empire will come to an end”

Bio
Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief
of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson is an adjunct
professor at the College of William & Mary where he teaches courses on US
national security. He also instructs a senior seminar in the Honors Department
at the George Washington University entitled “National Security Decision
Making.”

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The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Pt1

Larry Wilkerson: The beginning of the American “Imperial Rome” and Eisenhower’s warning October 26, 2009

The
Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Pt2

Wilkerson: From US debt to the geopolitics of oil, the US empire will
come to an end October 27,
2009

The JFK Assassination: NYTimes Acknowledges CIA Deceptions

by Prof. Peter Dale Scott
October 21, 2009
GlobalResearch.ca

The New York Times, on October 17, published a page-one story by Scott Shane about the CIA’s defiance of a court order to release documents pertaining to the John F. Kennedy assassination, in its so-called Joannides file. George Joannides was the CIA case officer for a Cuban exile group that made headlines in 1963 by its public engagements with Lee Harvey Oswald, just a few weeks before Oswald allegedly killed Kennedy. For over six years a former Washington Post reporter, Jefferson Morley, has been suing the CIA for the release of these documents.1

Sometimes the way that a news item is reported can be more newsworthy than the item itself. A notorious example was the 1971 publication of the Pentagon Papers (documents far too detailed for most people to read) on the front page of the New York Times.

The October 17 Times story was another such example. It revealed, perhaps for the first time in any major U.S. newspaper, that the CIA has been deceiving the public about its own relationship to the JFK assassination.

On the Kennedy assassination, the deceptions began in 1964 with the Warren Commission. The C.I.A. hid its schemes to kill Fidel Castro and its ties to the anti-Castro Directorio Revolucionario Estudantil, or Cuban Student Directorate, which received $50,000 a month in C.I.A. support during 1963.

In August 1963, Oswald visited a New Orleans shop owned by a directorate official, feigning sympathy with… Continue reading

Ex-FBI Translator Claims Spying at DoD

October 21, 2009 by Bryant Jordan Military.com

FBI Translator Sibel Edmonds photo

After seven years of forced silence, a government whistleblower is opening up on what she learned while working as a Turkish translator for the FBI in the wake of 9/11.

In sworn testimony to attorneys on Aug. 8, Sibel Edmonds described a Pentagon where key personnel helped pass defense secrets to foreign agents or provided them names of knowledgeable officials who were vulnerable to blackmail or co-option.

And firmly rooted in this espionage program in the 1990s, according to Edmonds’ deposition, were two men who, with the election of George W. Bush as president in 2000, found themselves in the Pentagon: Douglas Feith, who would head the Office of Special Plans, and Richard Perle, who would become chairman of the Defense Advisory Board.

“They were 100 percent directly involved,” Edmonds told Military.com. “They were not in the Pentagon [in the late 1990s] but they had their people inside the Pentagon.” One of those people, she said, was Larry Franklin, an Air Force officer assigned to the Office of Special Plans who, in 2003, passed classified information to representatives of the American Israel Public Affairs Office, or AIPAC. By then Feith was leading the OSP.

Edmonds cautioned that she does not know if these practices are continuing, since she was fired by the FBI in April 2002 after pressing for an investigation into an attempt by a colleague to recruit her for an organization that was itself a target of FBI surveillance.

Perle, today… Continue reading

Former FBI agent Colleen Rowley discusses still unanswered questions about the lead up to 9/11

October 23, 2009
The Real News Network

Former FBI agent Colleen Rowley discusses still unanswered questions about the lead up to 9/11. Coleen Rowley is a former FBI agent and whistleblower. Rowley jointly held the TIME “Person of the Year” award in 2002 with two other women credited as whistleblowers.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnLMAzUIb5M&feature=player_embedded