Here we go again.
Rep. Steny Hoyer is leading a "compromise" on the FISA reauthorization
bill that would ultimately let the Bush administration and their friends at
AT&T and Verizon off the hook for illegally spying on innocent Americans.
Last night, this so-called compromise was voted out of committee and as early
as this morning the bill may be brought to the House floor for a full vote.
Speaker Pelosi can still stop this bill.
As Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi can pull the bill from the floor and
refuse to call a vote.
Call Speaker Pelosi right now and demand she stand up to President Bush and
stop telecom immunity.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
"I’m calling to tell Speaker Pelosi I am depending on her to pull any bill
from the floor that will ultimately grant immunity to telecommunications companies
who illegally spied on Americans. Can I count on Speaker Pelosi to stand up
to President Bush?"
Speaker Pelosi has stood up to the President’s fear mongering on illegal spying
before, she can do it again. But she needs to hear from you to know where you
Here is what Senator Russ Fiengold said about this bill last night:
"The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation. The
House and Senate should not be taking up this bill, which effectively guarantees
immunity for telecom companies alleged to have participated in the President’s
illegal program, and which fails to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans
Senator Leahy also made his position clear:
"I will oppose this new FISA bill when the Senate votes on it next week.…Continue reading
By Ray McGovern
June 19, 2008
It’s crazy, but it’s coming soon — from the same folks who brought us Iraq.
Unlike the attack on Iraq five years ago, to deal with Iran there need be no massing of troops. And, with the propaganda buildup already well under way, there need be little, if any, forewarning before shock and awe and pox — in the form of air and missile attacks — begin.
This time it will be largely the Air Force’s show, punctuated by missile and
air strikes by the Navy. Israeli-American agreement has now been reached at
the highest level; the armed forces planners, plotters and pilots are working
out the details.
Emerging from a 90-minute White House meeting with President George W. Bush on June 4, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the two leaders were of one mind:
“We reached agreement on the need to take care of the Iranian threat. I left with a lot less question marks [than] I had entered with regarding the means, the timetable restrictions, and American resoluteness to deal with the problem. George Bush understands the severity of the Iranian threat and the need to vanquish it, and intends to act on that matter before the end of his term in the White House.”
Does that sound like a man concerned that Bush is just bluff and bluster?
A member of Olmert’s delegation noted that same day that the two countries
had agreed to cooperate in case of an attack… Continue reading
19 June 2008
"Scoop" Independent News
(June 17, NYC). A surprise development occurred at today’s hearing in the case
of Susan Lindauer versus the United States. A long time associate of the accused,
associate professor of computer science at Toronto’s York University, Parke
Godfrey, Ph.D., testified that Susan Lindauer predicted an attack on the United
States in the southern part of Manhattan. According to his testimony, she said
that the attack would be very similar to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade
Center. Godfrey said that Lindauer made the prediction on several occasions,
one as late as August 2001.
The testimony occurred in a hearing on Lindauer’s competence to stand trial
held before U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska, Southern District of New
York, in lower Manhattan. On March 11, 2004, Lindauer was arrested for acting
as an "unregistered agent" for the nation of Iraq prior to the U.S.
invasion. Prosecutors have delayed the trial for over four years claiming Lindauer
was delusional for asserting that she was a U.S. intelligence asset over a period
of nine years, including the period covered by the indictment.
This was Lindauer’s first real opportunity to argue her competence to stand
trial and deny the delusions claimed by court psychiatrists. Lindauer asserts
that she had been a U.S. intelligence asset since working on the Lockerbie case
and subsequent antiterrorism efforts.
Appearing for the defense, Dr. Godfrey testified under oath that Lindauer told
him of her specific concerns about an… Continue reading
The Associated Press
June 19, 2008
NEW YORK: Government lawyers say the ongoing investigation into the Sept.
11 attacks could be compromised if the airline industry is allowed to seek more
information from the FBI to defend itself against lawsuits brought by terrorism
In papers filed late Tuesday, the government urged a judge to block aviation
companies from interviewing five FBI employees who the companies say will help
them prove the government withheld key information before the 2001 attacks.
The lawyers said it would be impossible to interview the employees without
disclosing classified or privileged material that could "cause serious
damage to national security and interfere with pending law enforcement proceedings."
"The harm described is not hypothetical and cannot be lightly dismissed,"
according to the court papers submitted by the office of U.S. Attorney Michael
Garcia. "Investigators continue to seek out those parties responsible for
the 9/11 attacks who remain at large."
The largest investigation in FBI history has resulted in 167,000 interviews
and more than 155,000 pieces of evidence and involved the pursuit of 500,000
investigative leads, the lawyers wrote.
They said the aviation lawyers were unrealistic to think the investigation
would not be compromised if they speak to the FBI employees.
"In fact, it is not possible to disentangle the classified from the unclassified
information in the context of a deposition, where open-ended inquiries may elicit
responses in which classified or privileged material is intertwined," they
So far, the government said, the FBI has turned over… Continue reading
Here is the letter signed by Senator John McCain stating that he does not have time to meet with Blair Gadsby (Hungry4Truth.com).
Members of the 9/11 Truth Movement, this is our “Call-to-Action”. It is time for each of us to organize our materials and schedule time with McCain’s Staff. David Ray Griffin, Richard Gage, Steven Jones, Kevin Ryan, Robert Balsamo and many others have been our courageous technical leaders. So many others have been diligently researching historical documents like Paul Thompson, Michael Ruppert, Nafeez Ahmed, Michel Chossudovshy, Jim Marrs, Webster Tarpley and many others. Courageous public officials have challenged the status quo and are calling for a new independent investigation including Senator Karen S. Johnson, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Robert Wexler, Yukihisa Fugita, Cynthia McKinney, Max Cleland and many others. Whistleblowers can now be “set free” to contact John McCain directly. Countless others in the Movement are also encouraged to contact John McCain’s Staff. You all get the point. There are thousands and thousands of us with tangible proof that the 9/11 Commission Report is seriously flawed, that the NIST reports are faulty in theories and the Popular Mechanics explanations are despicably misdirecting.
Blair Gadsby has laid… Continue reading
By Tom Burghardt
June 16, 2008
from Antifascist Calling, Reprinted at Global Research
Proving the old axiom that Congress "is the best that money can buy,"
congressional Democrats are preparing to gut the Constitution by granting giant
telecom companies retroactive immunity and liability protection on warrantless
wiretapping by the Bush regime.
According to Congressional Quarterly, "Congressional leaders
and the Bush administration have reached an agreement in principle on an overhaul
of surveillance rules."
Tim Starks reports,
According to sources familiar with the negotiations, the compromise would
be very similar to the last proposal by Sen. Christopher S. Bond , R-Mo.,
to House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.
Sources said the major change is that a federal district court, not the
secret FISA court itself, would make an assessment about whether to provide
retroactive legal immunity to telecommunications companies being sued for
their alleged role in the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program.
("Agreement Could Pave Way for Surveillance Overhaul," Congressional
Quarterly, June 13, 2008)
In other words, the telecommunication corporations and their "customers,"
the NSA, FBI and other members of the "intelligence community" will
get everything they want–retroactive immunity and billions of dollars in continued
taxpayer subsidies for intelligence "outsourcing."
Under rules being considered by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Kit Bond (R-MO),
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO)
and Bush administration officials, the deal would allow the federal district
court "to look at… Continue reading
Tim Russert, Dick Cheney, and 9/11
by Prof. David Ray Griffin
Information Clearing House
While we are remembering Tim Russert and his years as moderator of “Meet the Press,” we would do well to recall his interview with Vice President Dick Cheney at Camp David on September 16, 2001, just five days after the 9/11 attacks. 1 In fact, Cheney himself, during an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer the morning after Russert died, reminded us of that Camp David interview, saying: “I always, when I think of Tim and think of ‘Meet the Press,’ that’s the show that always comes to mind. . . . It was a remarkable moment in American history.” 2
Commenting that he himself “remember[ed] that interview vividly,” Lauer asked: “Anything stand out from that interview?” In his reply, Cheney said: “We went back and reminisced to some extent about what had actually happened on the morning of 9/11. So it was—it was a remarkable moment in my career.” 3
It was indeed. In reminiscing about his movements that morning, Cheney contradicted what was to become a crucial element of the account that the 9/11 Commission would give of those movements.
In praising Russert’s tenure on “Meet the Press,” Cheney said: “He would ask you tough questions, he would remind you of quotes you made previously in other settings or on earlier shows, so you never got away with anything going up vis-à-vis Tim.” 4
Given Cheney’s appraisal of his interview with Russert as… Continue reading
Watch the video here; written transcript follows:
AMY GOODMAN: Former Alaska senator and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Gravel is holding a news conference in New York City today to call for a new independent investigation into 9/11. Gravel will be speaking on behalf of the NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative Campaign, a grassroots group seeking to place an initiative on the ballot of the November 6th general election allowing registered New York City voters to create a new commission to investigate 9/11.
The group is looking to appoint between nine and fifteen commissioners on the panel to conduct the investigation. Some of the people who have reportedly already agreed to serve as commissioners include Lori Van Auken, a 9/11 widow, one of the so-called “Jersey Girls”; Lincoln Chafee, the former Republican senator from Rhode Island; Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, a pastor in Detroit, Michigan; as well as former Democratic Senator Mike Gravel, who joins us here today.
He has published three books this year: Citizen Power: A Mandate for Change, The Kingmakers: How the Media Threatens Our Security and Our Democracy and A Political Odyssey. His book Citizen Power: A Mandate for Change has a forward by Ralph Nader. He’ll be joining us on the show later in the week.
Welcome to Democracy Now!, Senator Gravel.
MIKE GRAVEL: Amy, thank you for having me. But before we launch into the mission of my appearance, I want to comment on this young man you just had on. I’ve got… Continue reading
Kevin Ryan, Journal of 911 Studies
Two new papers have been published at the Journal of 9/11 Studies. The first
is an article by Frank Legge, called "9/11 and Probability Theory".
Here is an excerpt:
"If we compare these two explanations for the collapse of the towers
it is immediately apparent that they are different in a particularly significant
way: the fire based official explanation is a series of events, like links
in a chain, while the explosive based explanation is a parallel set of scientific
studies of evidence."
The second paper is a letter from Kevin Fenton, entitled "WTC Collapse
Initiation Floors: What They Were And How Much Damage They Suffered":
"It is interesting to compare the collapse initiation floor in WTC1
to the central impact floors in terms of three of the main aspects thought
to have influenced the collapse: impact damage, jet fuel spilled, and debris
available to remove fire insulation."
If you are able, please make a donation to California Pacifica radio affiliate
KPFK today (Tuesday the 17th), during the Christine and Tony Hour from 4-5pm.
Show the people that run the station that you want to hear more 9/11 Truth
programming. At KPFK, the listeners pay for what they want to hear, and one
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There will be 9/11 Truth premiums given away during the fund-drive.
Call in your pledges at:
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And let them know why you are donating.
By JOHN SPIRI
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Special to The Japan Times
the Diet and Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on his doubts about the official story" alt="Yukihisa Fujita addresses
the Diet and Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on his doubts about the official story">Speaking out: Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Yukihisa Fujita addresses
the Diet and Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on his doubts about the official story
of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. COURTESY OF YUKIHISA FUJITA
a September 2003 article for The Guardian newspaper, Michael Meacher, who served
as Tony Blair’s environment minister from May 1997 to June 2003, shocked the
establishment by calling the global war on terrorism “bogus.” Even
more controversially, he implied that the U.S. government either allowed 9/11
to happen, or played some role in the destruction wrought that day. Besides
Meacher, few politicians have publicly questioned America’s official 9/11 narrative
Loose Change Final Cut premieres at the Lakewood Theater on June 21st at 8pm and
is sponsored by “North Texans for 9/11 Truth”.
Admission is $5 with a portion of the proceeds helping sick First Responders of
9/11/01 through the Fealgood Foundation.
Lakewood Theatre is at 1825 Abrams Pkwy, Dallas 75214.
Phone: (214) 821-7469
*****The films producer Jason Bermas will be at this historic showing!!****
There are many indisputable, documented aspects surrounding the events of September
11th, 2001 which are not well-known. For example: if you think that only 2 tall,
steel skyscrapers collapsed on 9/11/01, you are in for a big surprise with dynamic
film footage most Americans have never seen before!!
Non-political in nature, this fast-paced, explosive documentary exposes hidden
facts and buried news coverage which have earned the filmmakers rave reviews
and endorsements from around the world! The Loose Change filmmakers have gained
enthusiastic recognition ranging from American politicians and high-ranking
government officials to the Japanese Diet (parliament) to the European Parliament,
continuing on from within the realm of Scientists, Engineers, Architects, and
Scholars from around the world.
Come enjoy the movie and meet the film-maker.
Don’t miss this theatrical sensation!
Hope to see you there!
There was a previous film covering different material than FINAL CUT. The previous
film was called “Loose Change: 2nd Edition”
An August 2006 Vanity Fair article suggested that Loose Change: 2nd
Edition “just might be the first Internet blockbuster” as it became
the most watched video on Google… Continue reading
Press Conference with Sen. Mike Gravel and reception to follow (see below) St. Marks Church, 2nd Ave. & 10th Street, New York City Tues. June 17th, 5pm
Senator Mike Gravel Calls for New Investigation of 9/11, Supports NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative
(New York, NY, June 13, 2008) — On Tuesday, June 17th at 5pm, at Union Square in New York City, former Senator Mike Gravel, speaking on behalf of the NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative Campaign, will call for a new and far reaching investigation of the crimes of 9/11. This comes in the wake of several developments which underscore the need for a truly independent, thorough, fact-driven investigation into the events of 9/11. Consider the recent book by NY Times veteran reporter Philip Shenon titled ?The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation? which highlighted the conflicts of interest of Executive Director Philip Zelikow. Consider the book by Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton titled ?Unprecedented? in which they stated they were “doomed to fail from the start” and they were lied to by NORAD regarding our absence of air defense. Consider the Articles of Impeachment nos. 33-35 by Dennis Kucinich which list hard evidence showing dereliction of duty, obstruction of justice, and malfeasance by the Bush administration. Consider the revelation of the destruction in 2004 of CIA tape recordings of suspects in Guantánamo Bay which were requested by the 9/11 Commission. Consider that Arizona Congresswoman Karen Johnson, who has called attention to the research of physics professor Steven… Continue reading
On June 10th 2008, Libby Davies, an NDP MP from East Vancouver read our petition
(for 9/11 investigation) in Canadian Parliament. Now the petition will be sent
to the appropriate minister and they have 45 days to respond.
By DREW NOFTLE
June 13, 2008
Vancouver BC – Rob Duffy, Assistant to Canadian MP Libby Davies, has informed
the Vancouver 9/11 Truth Society that the petition read in Canadian Parliament
last Tuesday regarding the demand for a Canadian Investigation into 9/11 will
be handled by none other than Canadian Minister of Public Safety, Stockwell
Although such a document should likely be placed on the desk of the Minister
of Foreign Affairs, perhaps some insight was used when the decision was made
to forward this homework assignment to Mr. Day instead.
When we look at the credentials of Mr. Day we can see why this decision was
made. Indeed, we see that no other Minister should have such a grand understanding
of 9/11 than him. Mr. Day understands intelligence. He is a former CSIS agent
himself. CSIS showed Canada it’s impressive counter terrorist abilities by uncovering
the Air India Bombing plot in 1985 well before it happened. Unfortunately, they
failed to pass this information on to the RCMP (he has worked there too) before
it was too late.
Mr. Day is also a former evangelical pastor. Therefore, he knows the need for
us to all prepare now for the rapture and how a war with Iran will expedite
its arrival.… Continue reading
Peter Dale Scott
The Deep State and 9/11
The unthinkable — that elements inside the state would conspire with criminals to kill innocent civilians — has become not only thinkable but commonplace in the last century. A seminal example was in French Algeria, where dissident elements of the French armed forces, resisting General de Gaulle’s plans for Algerian independence, organized as the Secret Army Organization and bombed civilians indiscriminately, with targets including hospitals and schools. 1 Critics like Alexander Litvinenko, who was subsequently murdered in London in November 2006, have charged that the 1999 bombings of apartment buildings around Moscow, attributed to Chechen separatists, were in fact the work of the Russian secret service (FSB). 2
Similar attacks in Turkey have given rise to the notion there of an extra-legal “deep state” — a combination of forces, ranging from former members of the CIA-organized Gladio organization, to “a vast matrix of security and intelligence officials, ultranationalist members of the Turkish underworld and renegade former members of the [Kurdish separatist] PKK.” 3 The deep state, financed in part by Turkey’s substantial heroin traffic, has been accused of killing thousands of civilians, in incidents such as the lethal bomb attack in November 2005 on a bookshop in Semdinli. This attack, initially attributed to the Kurdish separatist PKK, turned out to have been committed by members of Turkey’s paramilitary police intelligence service, together with a former PKK member turned informer. 4 On April 23, 2008, the former Interior Minister Mehmet Agar was ordered… Continue reading
Center for Constitutional Research
June 12, 2008
Today is a historic victory for the rule of law. We won! For the third time,
the Supreme Court has upheld the fundamental rights of Guantánamo detainees.
In its historic decision in CCR’s case, Boumediene v. Bush, the Court affirmed
detainees’ right to habeas corpus. One of the oldest and most basic legal protections,
habeas corpus affords the incarcerated the right to challenge the legality of
their detention before a judge and keeps the king and president from arbitrarily
locking people up and throwing away the key.
We’re asking you to take action in two important ways: please make a contribution
to CCR today so we can continue this important work, and please write to the
presidential candidates to demand that they uphold the Supreme Court’s decision.
The Administration has delayed, ignored and sought to evade two prior Supreme
Court decisions, Rasul v. Bush in 2004 and Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in 2006, both
of which upheld the rights of Guantánamo detainees.
This decision was, in many ways, made possible by the support of so many –
the over 500 volunteer habeas counsel who have committed themselves to defending
the rights of Guantánamo’s detainees, the thousands upon thousands who have
acted to demand that the Constitution be upheld, and all of our supporters,
who have made this work possible. Today, your support is urgently needed, now
more than ever, to ensure that the Supreme Court’s decision is implemented and
the Constitution restored.
CCR was… Continue reading
The Spy Who Loves Us
Pay no mind to the Mossad agent on the line.
by Philip Giraldi
June 2, 2008 Issue, The American Conservative
After Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in 1986, the U.S. negotiated an understanding with Israel—a “gentlemen’s agreement” —stipulating that neither nation would thenceforth conduct espionage operations in the other’s territory without consent. But the agreement was a sham from the beginning. The Israeli government didn’t even honor its commitments in the aftermath of the Pollard case, failing to return the estimated 360 cubic feet of stolen information to enable the U.S. to conduct a damage assessment. The United States, for its part, continued to recruit and run agents inside Israel throughout the 1980s and 1990s. And it was known within the intelligence and counterintelligence communities that Israel did the same in the United States. David Szady, the FBI’s assistant director for counterintelligence, was so dismayed by the level of Israeli spying in the late ’90s that he called in the head of the Israeli Embassy’s Central Institute for Intelligence and Special Activities (Mossad) office and told him, “Knock it off.”
Pollard’s name was in the news again on April 22, when former U.S. Army weapons engineer Ben-Ami Kadish was arrested for passing secrets to Israel. Kadish had been an agent run by Yosef Yagur, who directed Pollard. Yagur, under cover as a science attaché at the Israeli Consulate General in New York, fled the U.S. in 1985 after Pollard was… Continue reading
by Paul Craig Roberts and Lawrence M. Stratton
Posted at Lewrockwell.com
June 7, 2008
The George W. Bush administration responded to the 9/11 attack on the World
Trade Center and Pentagon with an assault on U.S. civil liberty that Bush justified
in the name of the “war on terror.” The government assured us that
the draconian measures apply only to “terrorists.” The word terrorist,
however, was not defined. The government claimed the discretionary power to
decide who is a terrorist without having to present evidence or charges in a
court of law.
Frankly, the Bush administration’s policy evades any notion of procedural
due process of law. Administration assurances that harsh treatment is reserved
only for terrorists is meaningless when the threshold process for determining
who is and who is not a terrorist depends on executive discretion that is not
subject to review. Substantive rights are useless without the procedural rights
to enforce them.
Terrorist legislation and executive assertions created a basis upon which federal
authorities claimed they were free to suspend suspects’ civil liberties
in order to defend Americans from terrorism. Only after civil liberties groups
and federal courts challenged some of the unconstitutional laws and procedures
did realization spread that the Bush administration’s assault on the Bill
of Rights is a greater threat to Americans than are terrorists.
The alacrity with which Congress accepted the initial assault from the administration
is frightening. In 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act passed by a vote of 98 to 1 in
the… Continue reading