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Japan Questions 9/11 and the Global War on Terror

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Title: “Transcript Of Japanese Parliament’s 911 Testimony”

Author: Benjamin Fulford

January 14, 2008

Student Researchers: Kyle Corcoran, Alan Scher, Bill Gibbons, and Elizabeth
Rathbun

Faculty Evaluator: Mickey S. Huff, MA

Testimony in the Japanese parliament, broadcast live on Japanese television in January 2008, challenged the premise and validity of the Global War on Terror. Parliament member Yukihisa Fujita insisted that an investigation be conducted into the war’s origin: the events of 9/11.

In a parliament Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee session held to debate the ethics of renewing Japan’s “anti-terror law,” which commits Japan to providing logistical support for coalition forces operating in Afghanistan, Fujita opened the session by stating, “I would like to talk about the origin of this war on terrorism, which was the attacks of 9/11, . . . When discussing these anti-terror laws we should ask ourselves, what was 9/11? And what is terrorism?”

Fujita pointed out that, “So far the only thing the government has said is that we think it was caused by al-Qaeda because President Bush told us so.
We have not seen any real proof that it was al-Qaeda.” He reminded parliament that twenty-four Japanese citizens were killed on 9/11, yet the mandate of a
criminal investigation by the Japanese government never followed. “This is a crime so surely an investigation needs to be carried out,” said Fujita
(Censored 2008, #16).

Fujita went on extensively to ask “about the suspicious information being uncovered and the doubts people worldwide are having about… Continue reading

Do U.S. pandemic plans threaten rights, ACLU asks

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor, yahoo! news
January 14, 2008

U.S. policy in preparing for a potential bird flu pandemic is veering dangerously
toward a heavy-handed law-enforcement approach, the American Civil Liberties
Union said on Monday.

The group, which advocates for individuals’ legal rights based on the U.S.
Constitution, said federal government pandemic plans were confusing and could
emphasize a police and military approach to outbreaks of disease, instead of
a more sensible public health approach.

"Rather than focusing on well-established measures for protecting the
lives and health of Americans, policymakers have recently embraced an approach
that views public health policy through the prism of national security and law
enforcement," the ACLU report reads.

But the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) said the group had
misunderstood the government’s approach and said current plans already incorporate
many of the ACLU’s recommendations.

Infectious disease experts agree that a pandemic of some sort of influenza
is inevitable, and most worries focus on H5N1 avian influenza. Although it mainly
attacks birds, the virus has infected 349 people since 2003 and killed 216 of
them.

A few mutations could turn it into a highly infectious disease for people and
could kill millions globally.

Most countries are working to develop plans to deal with the potential consequences.
The U.S. plans are available on Web sites such as http://pandemicflu.gov.

The ACLU said it was worried that the plan called for military and police involvement
in enforcing a quarantine.

The ACLU experts said they… Continue reading

Eight U.S. State Department Veterans Challenge the Official Account of 9/11

by Alan Miller

Official Account of 9/11: “Flawed”, “Absurd”, “Totally Inadequate”, “a Cover-up”

January 5, 2008 — Eight U.S. State Department veterans have severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and called for a new investigation. “There is no question in my mind, that there is enough evidence to justify a very comprehensive and hard hitting investigation of the kind we have not seen, with subpoenas, general questioning of people, releasing a lot of documents,” said Daniel Ellsberg, PhD, in a 2006 interview with Jack Blood. [1]

Daniel Ellsberg, Phd is one of many signers of a petition to reinvestigate 9/11. [2] Best known for leaking the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971, Dr. Ellsberg is a former U.S. State Department envoy to Viet Nam and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense.

Another State Department critic of the official account of 9/11 is Col. Ann Wright, who said in a 2007 interview with Richard Greene on the Air America Radio Network, “It’s incredible some of these things that still are unanswered. The 9/11 Report — that was totally inadequate. I mean the questions that anybody has after reading that.” [3]

Col. Ann Wright is one of three U.S. State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the invasion of Iraq in March, 2003. She joined the Foreign Service in 1987 and served for 16 years as a U.S. Diplomat, including assignments as Deputy Chief of Mission of U.S. Embassies in Sierra Leone, Micronesia… Continue reading

Main Japanese Opposition Party Questions 9/11 in Parliament – Broadcast on Public TV

Watch
this remarkable, full presentation here: 33 minutes
, posted at Google video
by www.911video.de

Here are the subtitled videos – the missing segments will get added later today

PART 1 – Video covers: War on Terror – who is the ennemy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH1UA3ijXug

PART 2 – segment covers japanese victims identification

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02esZQr-u74

PART 3 – this video covers Pentagon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t-dZiNE9NI

PART 4 – Defense Minister answers questions about air defence
WTC 1 & 2 explosions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV_WIZ1PDt4

PART 5 – World Tade Center 7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaEGhiHhZ1Y

PART 6 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A43IxJcFJEw&feature=related

PART 7 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hUexQWI948&feature=related

PART 8 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKtv36Sh3iQ&feature=related

RELATED: Blog entry at yumikikuchi.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Japanese Councilor (Senator) Mr. Yukihisa Fujita Questions the Official US 911 Story

It was historical and exciting to watch 911 truth being questioned at the Japanese
Diet (Parliament) on Jan 10, 2008. For the first time in Japan serious questions
were first asked as to the legitimacy of Japans support for the US ‘War On Terror’.
The proceedings were aired live on NHK TV (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).
See the full session below on YouTube, with English subtitles… A transcript
can be read here.

Mr. Fujita’s JPG
The person who made history is Mr. Yukihisa Fujita, a member of Democratic Party
of Japan and of the House of Councillors. Before becoming a politician, Mr.
Fujita spent more than 20 years working for International human rights NGO’s
such as MIRA (IC) and Nanmin wo Tasukeru Kai (Association for Aid and Relief,
Japan), helping young refugees of war.… Continue reading

Iran showdown has echoes of faked Tonkin attack / Declassified study puts Vietnam events in new light

Iran showdown has echoes of faked Tonkin attack
Nick Juliano
January 11, 2008

A dramatic showdown at sea. Crossed communication signals. Apparently-hostile craft nearby. Sketchy intelligence leading to ratcheted up rhetoric.

The similarities between this week’s confrontation between US warships and Iranian speedboats and events off the coast of North Vietnam 44 years ago were too hard for many experts to miss, leading to the question: Is the Strait of Hormuz 2008′s Gulf of Tonkin?

On Aug. 2nd and 4th, 1964, the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy, patrolling off the North Vietnamese coast, intercepted signals indicating they were under attack. Within days, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which paved the way to the escalation of the Vietnam War. However, as some intelligence agents suspected at the time, the Aug. 2nd attack took place after the USS Maddox fired first, according to a National Security Agency report released in 1995.

This week another NSA report surfaced, confirming suspicions that the Aug. 4th attack never happened.

The researcher who uncovered the most recent NSA assessment tells RAW STORY that the Strait of Hormuz confrontation, and the immediate saber-rattling from the Bush administration and its allies, demonstrates the extent to which officials must be wary about politicizing shaky intelligence in times of war.

“The parallels (between Tonkin and Hormuz) speak for themselves, but what they say is that even the most basic factual assumptions can be made erroneously [or] can prove to be false,” Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, told Raw Story.…

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Snoop Chief: Mohamed Atta Took Us by Surprise

Kurt Nimmo
Truth News
January 17, 2008

“The US Director of National Intelligence asserts that the terror attacks
of September 11, 2001, were caused by weak domestic wiretapping laws,”
David Edwards and Mike Sheehan write for Raw Story. “Vice Admiral
Mike McConnell, former head of the National Security Agency who was appointed
DNI in 2007 by President Bush, spoke today to a group of students in St. Mary’s
City, Missouri, about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a federal
statute that outlines procedures for electronic surveillance by the US intelligence
community.”

According to McConnell, “alleged 9/11 conspirator Mohamed Atta”
was able to pull of his dastardly deed because he was “invisible to your
intelligence” after he entered the United States. “He’s now
a US person,” said McConnell, with all the rights and privileges of ordinary
American citizens.

Inside the US, McConnell continued, Atta would be “invisible to your
intelligence community. As long he doesn’t break the law, law enforcement
can’t conduct surveillance, [because] they don’t have probable
cause.”

Terror network al-Qaeda understood that, McConnell then said, “and
that’s why 9/11 happened, in my view.”

Sure, and big fat chartreuse raspberries grow on the dark side of the Moon.

In fact, the NSA has snooped the American public at large for decades now.
Mr. McConnell needs to find a computer and do a Google search of the word SHAMROCK.
It was a massive snoop program predating the NSA, created by Truman in 1952.
SHAMROCK snooped all telegraph data entering and… Continue reading

Runnin’ Scared: NYPD Seeks an Air Monitor Crackdown for New Yorkers

A city councilman and the cops don’t want you to have that Geiger counter without their permission
by Chris Thompson

Damn you, Osama bin Laden! Here’s another rotten thing you’ve done to us: After 9/11, untold thousands of New Yorkers bought machines that detect traces of biological, chemical, and radiological weapons. But a lot of these machines didn’t work right, and when they registered false alarms, the police had to spend millions of dollars chasing bad leads and throwing the public into a state of raw panic.

OK, none of that has actually happened. But Richard Falkenrath, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for counterterrorism, knows that it’s just a matter of time. That’s why he and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have asked the City Council to pass a law requiring anyone who wants to own such detectors to get a permit from the police first. And it’s not just devices to detect weaponized anthrax that they want the power to control, but those that detect everything from industrial pollutants to asbestos in shoddy apartments. Want to test for pollution in low-income neighborhoods with high rates of childhood asthma? Gotta ask the cops for permission. Why? So you “will not lead to excessive false alarms and unwarranted anxiety,” the first draft of the law states.

Last week, Falkenrath made his case for the new law before the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, where Councilman Peter Vallone introduced the bill and chaired the hearing. Dozens of university researchers, public-health professionals, and environmental lawyers sat… Continue reading

Updated: Wexler’s Continuing Impeachment Efforts

Last night, I took to the floor of the House of Representatives (Ed., transcript appended)and outlined our case as to why this Congress must hold immediate hearings on Rep. Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment.

I didn’t do it alone: I was armed with nearly 200,000 signatures of support from you and so many others. Please watch the video (below) of this speech and forward it to as many people as possible. I’ve posted it on the front page of www.WexlerWantsHearings.com

This morning, I delivered letters to all of my colleagues in the House of Representatives, urging them to support Cheney Impeachment Hearings. You can read a copy of both the letter to my colleagues as well as the letter to Chairman Conyers I am asking them to sign at:
http://www.wexlerforcongress.com/news.asp?ItemID=230

Additionally, I have delivered to my colleagues in the Judiciary Committee a list of names who have signed up at www.WexlerWantsHearings.com. We now have almost 200,000 patriotic Americans dedicated to this cause.

We are beginning to make some progress. I have urged the Democratic Leadership to enforce the subpoenas being ignored by Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten by holding them in contempt of Congress.

This fight is not over. You must continue the pressure on your representatives and the media, or Congress will take no notice. That would be a historic mistake — one we must prevent Congress from making.

We stand at a critical juncture in our efforts. Forget all of those arguments that it is too late or that we have run out of time.…

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Sibel Edmonds Update: Existence of FBI Case Number, Described in Anonymous Letter Obtained by The BRAD BLOG, Corroborated by Paper

Letter Describes Senior State Dept. Official Marc Grossman as Tipping off Turkish Embassy to Valerie Plame Wilson’s ‘Brewster Jennings’ Counter-Proliferation Operation…

By Brad Friedman from on the road…

London’s Sunday Times has just published a follow-up to their explosive front-pager from two weeks ago which described allegations by former FBI translator turned whistleblower Sibel Edmonds.

Though there has been worldwide coverage of the recent blockbuster in the Rupert Murdoch-owned British paper, the U.S. media have remained entirely mum, a point which has drawn great consternation from both Edmonds and the 70′s-era “Pentagon Papers” Daniel Ellsberg, whom The BRAD BLOG has spoken to this evening, following the release of tonight’s extraordinary new Times piece.

The paper now reports that they are able to corroborate an apparent FBI cover-up of documents detailing an investigation of the theft and sale of nuclear secrets to agents working for Turkey and Israel, who in turn shared the secrets with Pakistan, who in turn may have shared those secrets with Iran, North Korea, Libya, and possibly even al-Qaeda.

As The BRAD BLOG reported along with the Times two weeks ago, the operation also includes allegations that high-ranking U.S. officials — such as Marc Grossman, a former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, who served as the #3 official in the State Department under Colin Powell and Richard Armitage from 2001 to 2005 — were involved in the sale of those secrets and may have accepted pay-offs from agents in the black market network in the bargain.

The… Continue reading

The New York City Ballot Initiative and the Re-investigation of 9/11 By an Independent Citizens Commission

By William F. Pepper
January 21, 2008

Many, deeply concerned citizens of this Republic and the world have been engaged in tireless, multifaceted research and investigation about the events surrounding the 9/11 tragedy. These patriots have produced articles, essays, books and films which seek to answer the multitude of unanswered questions about this atrocity. Not having researched these questions myself and having no answers, when I have appeared before them I have encouraged the continuation of their valuable work as citizens of the Republic. I have also advised these patriots to be wary of disinformation and provocative irrationality in their midst.

In their numbers are distinguished scientists, engineers, architects, professional people from all walks of life and families of victims who seek closure. Amongst the latter are the colloquially named “Jersey Girls” (Lorie, Mindy, Patty and Monica) for whose courage, determination, intelligence and steadfastness, I have boundless admiration. They propounded 125 questions to the Kean/Hamilton Commission; one was answered. In fact, it was largely as a result of their efforts and those of other victims’ families that a Commission was established in the first place over the initial opposition of the Bush administration.

The failure of that Commission to seek, even address the critical questions is now a part of contemporary history. Former Georgia Senator, Max Cleland, resigned early on in disgust citing official obstruction. More recently, Co-Chairmen, Kean and Hamilton, have themselves declared their awareness that their work was obstructed and denied valuable information, materials and evidence. Consequently, there is overwhelming agreement that the initial government sponsored investigation was a failure in respect of bringing truth about 9/11 to the light of day.…

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What Happened on 9-11? Scott Ritter, Former U.N. Weapons Inspector, Says “Absolute Requirement to Know What Happened on 9-11”

By Jason Charles
TruthAlliance.net

In his usual form, former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter told a packed crowd at the Oriental Theater in Denver to stop whining about corporate media and become their own intelligence operatives. We the people have the same resources and tools that intelligence networks rely heavily on; it’s called “Google” he said.

In his hilarious analogy, the American people like baby birds wait each night in front of their television sets for the corporate news bird to land in their living room and lovingly puke down our necks with that day’s regurgitated news. Suggesting that as our own intelligence operatives we can’t allow CNN, FOX, NBC, and ABC to edit and cherry pick information, but ask questions and find the answers ourselves.

In that vein TruthAlliance.net Editor Jason Charles had a few questions for Mr. Ritter which he graciously allowed us to film. We explored 3 topics, if the Bush admin got its way in the mid-east what would it look like, how can these dis-separate yet justice driven revolutions in America unite, and his amazing thoughts on a new, fully empowered investigation into the cause of 9-11.

He asked, “Did Bush and Cheney Plan the demise of the building? Was this a terrorist attack by Al-Qaeda? Or was it something in between? Well frankly we don’t know.” How important is this to establishing justice? Mr. Ritter seems to think it is an “absolute requirement to know what happened on 9-11.”

http://truthalliance.net/News/Vault/tabid/67/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/416/Default.aspx

DANIEL ELLSBERG: Covering Up the Coverage – The American Media’s Complicit Failure to Investigate and Report on the Sibel Edmonds Case

DANIEL ELLSBERG: Covering Up the Coverage – The American Media’s Complicit Failure to Investigate and Report on the Sibel Edmonds Case

In an Exclusive BRAD BLOG Op-Ed, the Legendary ‘Pentagon Papers’ Whistleblower Calls on the Media to Perform Their First Amendment Obligations, on Congressional Leaders to Perform Their Oversight Duty, and for Insider Sources to Come Forward to the American Public…

– Guest BRAD BLOG Op-Ed by Daniel Ellsberg

For the second time in two weeks, the entire U.S. press has let itself be scooped by Rupert Murdoch’s London Sunday Times on a dynamite story of criminal activities by corrupt U.S. officials promoting nuclear proliferation. But there is a worse journalistic sin than being scooped, and that is participating in a cover-up of information that demands urgent attention from the public, the U.S. Congress and the courts.

For the last two weeks — one could say, for years — the major American media have been guilty of ignoring entirely the allegations of the courageous and highly credible source Sibel Edmonds, quoted in the London Times on January 6, 2008 in a front-page story that was front-page news in much of the rest of the world but was not reported in a single American newspaper or network. It is up to readers to demand that this culpable silent treatment end.

Just as important, there must be pressure by the public on Congressional committee chairpersons, in particular Representative Henry Waxman and Senator Patrick Leahy. Both have been sitting for years on classified,… Continue reading

Found in Translation: FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds spills her secrets.

January 28, 2008 Issue
by Philip Giraldi

Most Americans have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will. The former FBI translator turned whistleblower tells a chilling story of corruption at Washington’s highest levels–sale of nuclear secrets, shielding of terrorist suspects, illegal arms transfers, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, espionage. She may be a first-rate fabulist, but Edmonds’s account is full of dates, places, and names. And if she is to be believed, a treasonous plot to embed moles in American military and nuclear installations and pass sensitive intelligence to Israeli, Pakistani, and Turkish sources was facilitated by figures in the upper echelons of the State and Defense Departments. Her charges could be easily confirmed or dismissed if classified government documents were made available to investigators.

But Congress has refused to act, and the Justice Department has shrouded Edmonds’s case in the state-secrets privilege, a rarely used measure so sweeping that it precludes even a closed hearing attended only by officials with top-secret security clearances. According to the Department of Justice, such an investigation “could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the foreign policy and national security of the United States.”

After five years of thwarted legal challenges and fruitless attempts to launch a congressional investigation, Sibel Edmonds is telling her story, though her defiance could land her in jail. After reading its November piece about Louai al-Sakka, an al-Qaeda terrorist who trained 9/11 hijackers in Turkey, Edmonds approached the Sunday Times of London.…

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Firefighter: Giuliani ‘ran like a coward on 9/11′

David Edwards and Adam Doster
Tuesday January 22, 2008

Families of firefighters killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World
Trade Center rallied in Orlando Tuesday in anticipation of the state’s upcoming
Republican primary. Unfortunately for Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani,
the firefighters are not in his corner.

“We want America to know that [the Giuliani campaign] is lying to America
and to the American pubic,” said Jim Riches, a deputy chief in the New
York Fire Department, “telling all of Florida that the New York City Fire
Department backs him, when that’s another lie.”

Firefighters and their families vowed to dog the former New York mayor at all
of his Florida campaign stops because the state figures prominently in Giuliani’s
big-state primary strategy. The protesters think that Giuliani was aware that
firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center attack were carrying defective
radios and did not hear the order to evacuate.

“He didn’t prepare us before, during, or after,” says Riches.

Giuliani has campaigned strongly on his leadership during the attacks on New
York, claiming he is the best suited to prevent an “Islamic terrorist war
against us.” But the firefighters were quick to question that courage.

“Yeah, the decision he made was, which direction he was going to run,”
says Riches. “And he ran north, and that’s all he did.”

The Giuliani campaign labeled the display a misleading, partisan attack. The
former mayor is also emphasizing his ability to deal with the economy, distancing
himself from the 9/11 pitch.…

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Rudy Giuliani and Air Quality After 9/11

Rudy Giuliani and Air Quality After 9/11
by Andrea Bernstein

 

NEW YORK, NY January 23, 2008 —In his run for President, Mayor Rudy
Giuliani has showcased his leadership on 9/11 and in the days, weeks, and months
that followed. His actions in those days have been widely hailed. But far less
understood is how he responded to early concerns about the air quality in Lower
Manhattan. WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein has the first of two reports.

REPORTER: After the initial shock of the attacks, it took less than 24 hours
for reporters to start raising questions.

REPORTER: How about asbestos, because the buildings had a lot of asbestos?

GIULIANI: There are concerns about asbestos and at this point it does not appear
as if there is an undue amount of asbestos in the atmosphere but those are very
preliminary tests.

REPORTER: Very early on, both the city and the federal environmental protection
agency had data that showed spikes in the levels of asbestos in Lower Manhattan.
The official interpretation was that those levels were anomalies. All information
was coming through daily briefings held by Mayor Giuliani.

That week, the pressure to reopen Wall Street was immense. Kathryn Wylde, head
of the New York City partnership, was in on early meetings.

WYLDE: There was talk by the banking regulators of having business and financial
services institutions moving their operations 300 miles outside New York so
they would be a quote nuclear distance away.

REPORTER: By September 17 the New York Stock… Continue reading

Can a novel help educate the masses?

9-11 Visibility Welcomes The Shell GameThis
week Visibility 9-11 welcomed New York Times best selling author of
The Shell Game, Steve Alten. (Program mp3)

Steve Alten is a best
selling author and gifted story teller and The Shell Game
is Steve Alten at his best. Exciting and entertaining, and yet so informative,
The Shell Game has the potential to bring 9-11 Truth to a much wider audience.
Please consider purchasing your copy today at your local bookstore, online bookstore,
or directly through The
Shell Game
website.

The Shell Game is “…a fictional thriller that deals with very real life
and death issues that affect all of us. These include PEAK OIL (are we running
out?) and the events of 9/11 that led us into a war in Iraq. The plot of the
book extrapolates from both of these issues (and others) in order to show the
reader what a dangerous path the world has been placed upon.”


On Tuesday (1/22) bookstores across the U.S. released N.Y. Times best-selling
author Steve Alten’s THE SHELL GAME, a fictional thriller that deals with the
end of oil and the next 9/11…a false flag event designed to lead us into a war/chemical
attack on Iran.

Can a novel help educate the masses that have avoided the message of 9/11 truth
movements?

Ask Carolyn Baker!

THE SHELL GAME
A Review By Carolyn Baker

Change is avalanching upon our heads, and most people are grotesquely unprepared
to cope with it.
–Alvin Toffler

When Steve Alten sent me a… Continue reading

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Update by Peter Phillips and David Kubiak

Many economists now doubt that government measures can prevent a major recession given the severe slump in the housing market, the subprime mortgage crisis, growing unemployment, declining consumer spending, and record high oil prices. Even harder times for working people are undoubtedly at hand, yet mainstream corporate media continues to lavish more attention on the Super Bowl and celebrity misadventures than measures to protect Americans from grave personal economic harm. We are spun, mislead, propagandized and amused to death by our media conglomerates and as a result the US has become the best entertained and least informed society in the world.

There is a literal truth emergency in the United States, not only regarding distant wars, torture camps, and doctored intelligence, but also around issues that most intimately impact our lives at home. For example, few Americans know that there has been a thirty-five year decline in real wages for most workers in the country, while the top 10% now enjoy unparalleled wealth with strikingly low tax burdens.

George Seldes once said, “Journalism’s job is not impartial ‘balanced’ reporting. Journalism’s job is to tell the people what is really going on.” Michael Moore’s top-grossing movie Sicko is one example of telling the people what is really going on. Health care activists know that US health insurance is an extremely large and obscenely lucrative industry with the top nine companies… Continue reading

Ex-9/11 Panel Chief Denies Secret White House Ties

by Justin Rood
Jan. 30, 2008—

The former executive director of the 9/11 Commission denies explosive charges
of undisclosed ties to the Bush White House or interference with the panel’s
report.

The charges are said to be contained in New York Times reporter Philip Shenon’s
unreleased book, "The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation,"
according to Max Holland, an author and blogger, and generally confirmed by
the book’s publisher. Although the book is not slated to hit stores until early
next month, Holland says he bought a copy of the audio version at a bookstore.
(Attempts to purchase the book, in any format, at the Barnes & Noble across
the street from ABC News headquarters were unsuccessful.)

9/11 Commission co-chairs Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton hired former Condoleezza
Rice aide Philip Zelikow to be executive director, Zelikow failed to tell them
about his role helping Rice set up President George W. Bush’s National Security
Council in early 2001  and that he was "instrumental" in demoting
Richard Clarke, the onetime White House counterterrorism czar who was fixated
on the threat from Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, according to Holland’s version
of Shenon’s tome.

"[Zelikow] had laid the groundwork for much of what went wrong at the
White House in the weeks and months before September 11. Would he want people
to know that?" Shenon writes, according to Holland.

Zelikow denied that was the case. "It was very well-known I had served
on this transition team and… Continue reading