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Army Investigates Troop Use in Alabama

March 19, 2009
Military.com

[RELATED: Posse Comitatus Act ]

SAMSON, Ala. – The Army said Wednesday it opened an inquiry into whether federal
laws were broken when nearly two dozen Soldiers were sent to a south Alabama
town after 11 people died in a shooting spree last week.

State officials said the deployment of 22 military police officers and the
provost marshal from Fort Rucker was requested neither by Republican Gov. Bob
Riley nor the White House, which typically is required by law for Soldiers to
operate on U.S. soil.

Col. Michael J. Negard of the Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe,
Va., said officials are trying to determine who ordered the Soldiers to Samson,
who requested them, why they were sent and what they did there.

“In addition to determining the facts, this inquiry will also consider
whether law, regulation and policy were followed,” he said. He declined
further comment.

Former Samson resident Michael McLendon, 28, fatally shot nine victims in the
town and killed a 10th in a neighboring county. The March 10 spree ended when
McLendon killed himself, and the Soldiers arrived in the hours after.

Investigators said McLendon was despondent over his inability to hold a job
and his failure to become a Marine or a police officer.

Riley isn’t concerned whether the military overstepped its bounds, said Press
Secretary Jeff Emerson.

“From what I understand it was a few folks who came to direct traffic
or help where they could,” Emerson said. “If… Continue reading

Two Seconds That Will Live in Infamy

by Dwain Deets
Marh 15, 2009
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth

NIST’s Half-Admission of Yet Another 9/11 Smoking Gun

The U.S. Senate will hold a confirmation hearing this week on the nominee for Secretary of Commerce, Gov. Gary Locke. This cabinet position oversees the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the government agency responsible for investigating and reporting on the destruction of World Trade Center Building 7. NIST tried to avoid admitting that there was any freefall acceleration when the building came down on September 11, 2001. All the way to their draft final report on August 26, 2008, nearly seven years after the event, the NIST report’s lead authors held firmly to their position that freefall did not occur.

Once NIST invited comments on its draft report, it was more or less forced to accept the indisputable explanations based on the publicly available videos proving that freefall had occurred. David Chandler, a high school physics teacher and AE911Truth researcher, provided the most compelling argument in video seen widely on YouTube.

 

In their final report issued November 20, 2008, the NIST report’s authors stated they had made a more detailed examination, and found a 2.25-second period in which the center roofline exhibited a “freefall drop for approximately 8 stories.” Chandler had measured a 2.5-second period. For all practical purposes, the time period can be thought of as  two seconds.

The NIST report did not state the significance of a freefall drop. The significance is that during that… Continue reading

The Real AIG Scandal

It’s not the bonuses. It’s that AIG’s counterparties are getting paid back in
full.

By Eliot Spitzer
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Slate.com

Everybody is rushing to condemn AIG’s bonuses, but this simple scandal is obscuring
the real disgrace at the insurance giant: Why are AIG’s counterparties getting
paid back in full, to the tune of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars?

For the answer to this question, we need to go back to the very first decision
to bail out AIG, made, we are told, by then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson,
then-New York Fed official Timothy Geithner, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein,
and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke last fall. Post-Lehman’s collapse, they feared
a systemic failure could be triggered by AIG’s inability to pay the counterparties
to all the sophisticated instruments AIG had sold. And who were AIG’s trading
partners? No shock here: Goldman, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, UBS, JPMorgan
Chase, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, and on it goes. So now we know
for sure what we already surmised: The AIG bailout has been a way to hide an
enormous second round of cash to the same group that had received TARP money
already.

It all appears, once again, to be the same insiders protecting themselves against
sharing the pain and risk of their own bad adventure. The payments to AIG’s
counterparties are justified with an appeal to the sanctity of contract. If
AIG’s contracts turned out to be shaky, the theory goes, then the whole edifice
of the financial system would collapse.…

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9/11 Responder needs your help NOW

Charlie Giles and his family need our help. Charlie has been a huge advocate for the 9/11 First Responders. As a member of the FealGood Foundation, Charlie was not allowed to receive any assistance from the organization because it would have been seen as a conflict of interest. Sadly, and appropriately, the FealGood Foundation asked Charlie to resign so that he now can get help. John Feal released this statement:

Today the Fealgood Foundation lost board member Charlie Giles to his financial crisis. Charlie, a 9/11 responder who was seriously affected by 9/11, was told he won his workmens comp case last week and received an award letter in the mail. His lump sum settlement would have been $40,000 plus payments every 2 weeks. The insurance company now has appealed it, and has left this hero with an eviction notice from his apartment which he moved into after losing his house last year. Charlie was asked to resign from the board because none of my board members can receive charity or any monies while sitting on the FGF board. But, like the 500-plus clients and thousands we advocate for, I implore all you great Americans to please help us help Charlie, his wife and 2 daughters. The madness, the sadness and the injustice continues for brave souls who risked their own health for America 7.5 years ago.

Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure – Abraham Lincoln

Peace & Love
John Feal

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9/11 Truth & Justice Songs, by Vic Sadot

VicSadotVic Sadot’s latest CD, 9/11 Truth & Justice Songs is now available at the 911TruthStore! Last year Vic traveled from his home in Delaware to Berkeley, and has been singing at peace and justice festivals, participating in TruthAction events with San Francisco truth advocates, and sang Cheney’s in the Bunker last year at a rally for Green Party Presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney.

Have a listen to a sample of Vic’s work at Last FM and you’ll want a copy of this CD — Please support this talented, dedicated truth musician.

Blowback or Bloody Treason

Well, the day was nine-eleven in the year two thousand-one
That’s the day the “war on terror” was officially begun
When 2 planes took down 3 buildings in a scene of “Shock & Awe”
Before they hauled away the rubble, it was a crime scene for the law!

Chorus:
Who had the means? Who had the motive?
Who could do this crime and live?
Who had the opportunity?
Who benefits to what degree?
We need a great detective’s logic!
Forensic facts and laws of physics…
Not “leaps of faith”… Just “steps to reason”
Was it blowback or bloody treason?
Was it blowback or bloody treason?

Vic Sadot – Broadside Balladeer – Original Topical Folk Songs 9/11 Truth & Justice Songs - Special 7th Anniversary LTD Edition 9/11/08

1 The Ballad of William Rodriguez - The story the World Trade Center janitor of 20 years who suddenly became a Ground Zero rescue hero as he responded… Continue reading

Bush to visit Calgary… live reports from demonstration to indict him for War Crimes!

Tuesday…Bush to visit Calgary…hear live on-the-ground reports from the demonstration
to indict him for War Crimes!

Live Radio Interviews with Joshua Blakeney and Allen Roland

On “FAIR & BALANCED” with Kevin Barrett.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009, 9:00 am Pacific – 12:00 Noon Eastern – 16:00 GMT

Listen live at http://noliesradio.org (or http://67.18.54.205/~nolies)

The interview will be archived for later listening after the broadcast.

PLEASE VISIT http://www.IndictBushNow.org

During the first half hour, student activist Joshua Blakeney will be reporting
live from Calgary during the visit of former president George W. Bush, where
Josh, his professor Anthony Hall, others are hoping to have Bush arrested for
war crimes, including the war crimes of 9/11/01. If Bush is arrested in Calgary,
you’ll be hearing about it live! The guest during the second half of the show
will be Allen Roland, Ph.D. psychotherapist and 9/11 truth supporter, discussing
the spiritual aspects of 9/11 truth.

Listen Live Interviews: 9-10 a.m. Pacific (noon – 1 p.m. Eastern), http://www.noliesradio.org

Note from NoLiesRadio: Fair & Balanced with Kevin Barrett is independently
produced and hosted by Kevin Barrett and these shows are externally produced
content. All externally produced content broadcast on No Lies Radio is the sole
responsibility of the program-content producer and is not the responsibility
of NoLiesRadio.org. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the content
producer.

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Kucinich Requests Investigation into ‘Executive Assassination Ring’

Washington D.C. (March 16, 2009) — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
Friday sent a letter to Chairman Edolphus Towns of the House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee requesting an immediate investigation into allegations made
by the investigative reporter Seymour Hersh that the White House operated an
‘executive assassination ring’ that circumvented Congressional oversight.

Kucinich explains in the letter that, “Mr. Hersh made the allegation
before an audience at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.
He stated, “Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been
going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief,
and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving” It is a special
wing of our special operations community that is set up independently. They
do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly
to the Cheney office. . .Congress has no oversight of it.’”

Kucinich adds, “If true, these operations violate longstanding U.S. policy
regarding covert actions and illegally bypass Congressional oversight. . .
Hersh is within a year or more of releasing a book that is said to include evidence
of this allegation. However, we cannot wait a year or more to establish the
truth.”

The full text of the letter follows:

March 13, 2009

The Honorable Edolphus Towns

Chairman

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

U.S. House of Representatives

2157 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Towns:

As you may already be aware, recent media reports indicate that investigative
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Why We Need a New Investigation of 9/11 NOW!

March 15, 2009
Ray Bock

In his recent TV appearance [reported on at Huffington Post, as reprinted below],
Dick Cheney said “And now he [President Obama] is making some choices that,
in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another
attack.”

Some investigators of September 11th have concluded that Cheney himself played
a key role in “letting 9/11 happen.”

For example, David Ray Griffin in THE NEW PEARL HARBOR REVISITED (page 94) writes:
“Accordingly, the Commission’s treatment of Norman Mineta’s testimony provides
one of the clearest examples of its attempts to cover up the truth, which in
this case involved Cheney’s presence in the PEOC [Presidential Emergency Operations
Center] during a crucial 45-minute period, during which he apparently confirmed
a stand-down order.” [emphasis added]

Cheney refused to testify under oath before the 9/11 Commission. If it is true
that Cheney played a key role on 9/11, then his statement about “risk …
of another attack” could be seen a veiled threat about another attack–possibly
now in the planning stage.

A new investigation of 9/11, by a truly independent 9/11 Commission, would have
subpoena power necessary to require citizens Cheney and Bush to testify under
oath. Without a new investigation, we will never know if Cheney and Bush (and
many others) are truly innocent of pre-knowledge or complicity in the tragedy
of that infamous day.

If any officials within the Bush administration are guilty–but remain free,
then we are certainly in danger of “another… Continue reading

Sunshine Week 2009: March 15-21

Sunshine Week Logo Sunshine Week, launched by the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2005, is a national effort to inform the public about the importance of open government and the free flow of information.

This week, newspapers across the country will once again sponsor panel discussions, Webcasts and op-eds pushing the American ideals of a free press and citizen access to the inner workings of government.

Poster for Sunshine Week In recognition of Sunshine Week, News graphic artist Daniel Zakroczemski has created a poster celebrating freedom of information. To download a copy of the poster, click here .

Sunshine Week 2009 Calendar of Events

Survey Of State Government Information Online

Most Americans can easily find videos of water skiing squirrels on the Internet but they’ll have less luck finding out whether their children’s school buses and classrooms are safe, or if neighborhood gas stations are overcharging. The Sunshine Week 2009 Survey of State Government Information online found that while more and more government records are being posted online, some of the most important information is being left offline. And in some cases governments are charging taxpayers to access records that they already paid for, such as death certificates. Read the report… .

Sunshine Week Toolkit

Sunshine Week Newswire


For release: March 13, 2009

Federal Govt. Still Viewed as Secretive; President’s FOI Orders Get High Marks

Washington, D.C. — For the first time in four years, public opinion about government secrecy has leveled off, although more than seven in 10 adults still consider the federal government to… Continue reading

The 9/11 Commission and Torture

The bipartisan panel that investigated the terrorist attacks was widely praised.
But did its final report rely on suspect information?

Philip Shenon
NEWSWEEK
From the magazine issue dated Mar 23, 2009

Powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill are clamoring for creation of a bipartisan
“9/11 style” commission to investigate the legality of the Bush administration’s
antiterrorism tactics–especially its use of harsh interrogation techniques.

President Obama has been notably cool to the idea. But the case for a “truth”
commission was bolstered by the disclosure this month that the CIA had destroyed
92 videotapes of the interrogations and confinement of Al Qaeda suspects. A
dozen showed the use of “enhanced” techniques routinely described
by human-rights groups as torture.

Lawmakers say the obvious model for such an inquiry would be the 9/11 Commission–an
independent bipartisan body praised for its authoritative account of the attacks.

But as a reporter who covered the commission from start to finish and later
wrote a history of its investigation, I wonder if Congress understands the deep
irony of establishing a “new 9/11 Commission” on these issues. Former
commission investigators have acknowledged to me over the past year that the
panel had a serious blind spot on questions about torture.

The commission appears to have ignored obvious clues throughout 2003 and 2004
that its account of the 9/11 plot and Al Qaeda’s history relied heavily on information
obtained from detainees who had been subjected to torture, or something not
far from it.

The panel raised no public protest over… Continue reading

Radio: Seymour Hersh on US Death Squads

Listen to Seymour Hersh’s entire speech regarding US Death Squads.

NoLiesRadio.org broadcast Saturday, March 14th at 9am Pacific – 12 Noon Eastern – 16:00 GMT
Will be archived HERE after the broadcasts.
Listen at noliesradio.org (or http://67.18.54.205/~nolies)

In a “Great Conversations” event this week at the University of Minnesota, legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh may have made a little more news than he intended by talking about new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert military operation that he called an “executive assassination ring.” He went on to say: “Yuh. After 9/11, I haven’t written about this yet, but the Central Intelligence Agency was very deeply involved in domestic activities against people they thought to be enemies of the state. Without any legal authority for it. They haven’t been called on it yet. That does happen. … Right now, today, there was a story in the New York Times that if you read it carefully mentioned something known as the Joint Special Operations Command — JSOC it’s called. It is a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently. They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. They did not report to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff or to Mr. [Robert] Gates, the secretary of defense. They reported directly to him. … “Congress has no oversight of it. It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s… Continue reading

David Ray Griffin Book Tour – ‘Time for a Second Look’

The Boston University School of Theology and the Boston 9/11 Truth Committee proudly
present:

“The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé”
A Book and Presentation by Dr. David Ray Griffin

April 11, 2009
Boston University – Morse Auditorium, 602 Commonwealth Ave.
7:00-9:00pm [doors open @ 6:30pm]

Dr. David Ray Griffin is a prominent theologian and scholar and professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology in California, where he taught for over 30 years (retiring in 2004). He has authored or edited over two dozen books including five books that expose the outrageous lies of the U.S. government explanations of the 9/11 attacks.

Thanks substantially to his own extraordinary personal dedication to the work of exposing 9/11 truth, Griffin is able to conclude that, “The 9/11 truth movement’s exposé of the 9/11 cover-up has shown that virtually every dimension of the official account of 9/11 to be false beyond a reasonable doubt.”

In the preface to one of his books, “Christian Faith and the Truth behind 9/11″ Dr. Griffin explains why it is that he leads the struggle for 9/11 Truth: “One of our main tasks as theologians is to deal with current events in light of the fact that our first allegiance must be to God, who created and loves all people–indeed all forms of life. If we believe that our political and military leaders are acting on the basis of policies that are diametrically opposed to divine purposes, it is incumbent upon us to… Continue reading

Veteran Diplomat Slated to Chair the NIC; Withdraws Under Pressure from the Israel Lobby compiled

by Reprehensor
March 12, 2009
911blogger.com

“There is a special irony in having been accused of improper regard for the opinions of foreign governments and societies by a group so clearly intent on enforcing adherence to the policies of a foreign government — in this case, the government of Israel. I believe that the inability of the American public to discuss, or the government to consider, any option for US policies in the Middle East opposed by the ruling faction in Israeli politics has allowed that faction to adopt and sustain policies that ultimately threaten the existence of the state of Israel. It is not permitted for anyone in the United States to say so. This is not just a tragedy for Israelis and their neighbors in the Middle East; it is doing widening damage to the national security of the United States.” – Charles Freeman.

For a one-hour introduction to the Israel Lobby; please check out this excellent Dutch documentary on the controversy that erupted following the publication of Mearsheimer and Walt’s academic paper, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy”, in its condensed form at the London Review of Books (The book which then followed is highly recommended.);

Charles Freeman’s statement as published by the Wall Street Journal (!);

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123672847973688515.html

Charles Freeman, a veteran diplomat slated to become the top U.S. intelligence analyst, withdrew from consideration Tuesday. He released a statement denouncing the “Israel Lobby” for “character assassination.” Here is the text of the statement.… Continue reading

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh describes ‘executive assassination ring’

by Eric Black
March 11 2009
MinnPost.com

At a “Great Conversations” event at the University of Minnesota last night, legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh may have made a little more news than he intended by talking about new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert military operation that he called an “executive assassination ring.”

Hersh spoke with great confidence about these findings from his current reporting, which he hasn’t written about yet.

In an email exchange afterward, Hersh said that his statements were “an honest response to a question” from the event’s moderator, U of M Political Scientist Larry Jacobs and “not something I wanted to dwell about in public.”

Hersh didn’t take back the statements, which he said arise from reporting he is doing for a book, but that it might be a year or two before he has what he needs on the topic to be “effective…that is, empirical, for even the most skeptical.”

The evening of great conversation, featuring Walter Mondale and Hersh, moderated by Jacobs and titled “America’s Constitutional Crisis,” looked to be a mostly historical review of events that have tested our Constitution, by a journalist and a high government officials who had experience with many of the crises.

And it was mostly historical, and a great conversation, in which Hersh and Mondale talked about the patterns by which presidents seem to get intoxicated by executive power, frustrated by the limitations on that power from Congress and the public, drawn into improper covert actions that exceed their constitutional powers, in the belief that they can get results and will never be found out.…

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We are being spoon-fed stupid again…

Larisa Alexandrovna
March 11, 2009
atlargely.com

Can someone explain to me how 5 suspected members of Al Qaeda (although there is no question regarding KSM) suddenly got their own PR machine from inside Gitmo and at the hands of a military judge, not to mention getting  a world stage through which to frighten Americans some more? And the media? Well, they are too well versed in stupid to ask any sensible questions:

“Five Guantánamo prisoners accused in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the U.S. staunchly defended their actions, calling the operation “blessed” and “great” and the accusations against them “badges of honor.”

“You are the last nation that has the right to speak about civilians and killing civilians,” the five said in a response this month to the U.S. government’s war crimes charges.

“You are professional criminals, with all the meaning the words carry,” the response said. “Therefore, we will treat you the same. We will attack you, just like you have attacked us, and whomever initiated the attacks is the guilty party.”

The six-page response from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who plotted the attacks, and four others castigates the actions of the United States and its allies in the Middle East and calls the United States “the terrorist country number one in the world.”‘

Okay, now someone explain the following to me:

1. How did 5 alleged Al Qaeda members come together to form this statement, given that they are being held each in isolation at Gitmo?…

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ACLU: Gitmo judge ‘blatantly defied’ Obama executive order

by Rachel Oswald
March 10, 2009
RawStory.com

Update at bottom: White House not concerned by judge’s actions

The ACLU is angry that a military judge has accepted an incendiary legal pleading filed by five 9/11 suspects, despite President Obama’s order stopping the Guantánamo military commissions and even though attorneys for some of the defendants were unaware of it.

Judge Col. Stephen Henley, the appointed chief trial judge in the case ordered the public release of the legal pleading even though all other legal filings have been kept sealed for months by the military commissions, said the American Civil Liberties Union in a release, adding that the competency of two of the men has not yet been determined.

The Smoking Gun has the released six-page legal pleading here.

“We fight you over defending Muslims, their land, their holy sites, and their religion as a whole,” reads the document.

“Judge Henley apparently doesn’t know what the word ‘halt’ means since he has blatantly defied President Obama’s executive order for an end to the military commissions,” said Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU in a released statement. “The judge’s actions extending the military commissions call into question the true intentions of the Pentagon leadership at a time when the Obama administration is searching for a solution to the disastrous detention policies of the Bush administration.”

Romero adds, “If Defense Secretary Gates allowed the military commissions to proceed, that’s a serious problem; if he didn’t know about this, that’s equally troubling. Moreover,… Continue reading

Former Accused Iraqi Agent Susan Lindauer, Secret Charges and The Patriot Act in Action

by Michael Collins

‘Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” — Herman Goering, Interview at Nuremburg Trials, April 14, 1946

“The Patriot Act was used against me in total contradiction to its stated purpose. Or perhaps it was the most logical use of the law, since it establishes a legal framework to crush free thinking and interrupt individual questioning of the government. It is the beginning of all dictatorship in America .” –Susan Lindauer, March 9, 2009

March 10, 2009 — Washington, DC ( electionfraudnews.com ) — In March, 2004 Susan Lindauer was arrested for allegedly acting as an “unregistered agent” for prewar Iraq.  She challenged the government’s assertion and sought the right to prove at Trial that she’d been a United States intelligence asset covering Iraq and Libya from the early 1990′s through 2003 (see articles).

In an unprecedented judicial ploy that lasted five years, federal prosecutors blocked Ms. Lindauer’s rights to trial or any other sort of evidentiary hearings that would test her story. For 11 months, she was confined at Carswell federal prison on a Texas military base and at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, without a conviction or plea bargain.

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Guantánamo detainees say they planned September 11: report & excerpts

March 10, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The five detainees at the U.S. Guantánamo Bay
prison camp charged with plotting the September 11 attacks have filed a document
expressing pride at their accomplishment and accepting responsibility for the
deaths of nearly 3,000 people, The New York Times reported on Monday.

The document, which the newspaper said may be released publicly on Tuesday,
describes the five men as the “9/11 Shura Council,” and says their
actions were an offering to God, according to excerpts of the document read
to a reporter by an unidentified government official, the report said.

“‘To us,’ the official read, ‘they are not accusations. To us they are
a badge of honor, which we carry with honor,’” the paper said.

The document is titled “The Islamic Response to the Government’s Nine
Accusations,” the military judge at the U.S. Naval base said in a separate
filing, obtained by the Times, that described the detainees’ document.

The document was filed on behalf of the five men, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed,
who has called himself the mastermind of the attacks.

Some of the men had said earlier that they planned the 2001 attacks and that
they wanted to be martyrs. The reason for the new filing, which the report said
reached the military court on March 5, was not clear. The brief court order
describing the filing said the men sought no legal action.

(Writing by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Source URL: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090310/ts_nm/us_Guantánamo_document_2

Excerpts from the statement of five Sept.

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