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The Truth is Out There (published in the ‘Financial Times’)

By Peter Barber
June 7 2008
Financial Times

When Cynthia McKinney speaks the words of Martin Luther King Jr, they resound through the church with some of King’s cadence. “A time comes,” declares the former US congresswoman from Georgia, “when silence is betrayal.” The congregation answers with whoops and calls of “That’s right!” King was talking about America’s war in Vietnam. More than 40 years later, before the packed pews of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, McKinney is speaking of the American government’s war on its own people. The shock and awe phase of this conflict, we had been told earlier, began on September 11 2001, when the Bush administration launched attacks on New York and Washington, or at least waved them through.

According to a show of hands that February afternoon, several hundred people in the immaculate church believe this to be true. Some came in T-shirts bearing the words “9/11 was an inside job”. One wore a badge demanding that you “Examine your assumptions”. Quite a few bought the DVDs on sale in the foyer, most of which bore photographs of the Twin Towers spewing smoke. They had all come to hear the message of Architects, Engineers & Scientists for 9/11 Truth, one of the dozens of groups across the US which campaign to persuade us that everything we think we know about 9/11 is wrong.

Marion Cotillard, actress–“There was a tower in Spain which burnt for 24 hours. It never collapsed”

Last winter, “Investigate 9/11”… Continue reading

Hungry for Truth — Day 13

Today is Day 13 of Blair’s fast. It was 101 degrees in Phoenix today, and I can
assure everyone that it was hot!! Blair is doing very well. He has lost 17 pounds
total but still insists he’s fine. As he says, he’s not running any races, but
he’s still walking and conversing with all who come to see him. We had a lively
discussion on theology for about an hour while I was there. Blair is as sharp
as a tack and eager to debate!

Today a couple who live in San Diego drove to Phoenix on their way to the Grand
Canyon and stopped to say hi to Blair. We all thought that was pretty nice of
them. Members of the local 9/11 Truth group came and went all day long.

It’s gratifying to see all the support that Blair is getting.

The media continues to follow Blair. A TV station came by this morning and
filmed for about 15 minutes. He has radio interviews scheduled for Monday morning
and evening. Also, yesterday a plane flew overhead with a banner reading “Google
Hunger strike for truth.” Check for that on Hungry4Truth.com.

Please continue to keep Blair in your thoughts. He is very appreciative of
everyone and expresses his thanks for all of your supportive email messages
and good wishes.

hungry13

John Pilger Confirms Multiple RFK Shooters on Democracy Now! 6.5.2008

by Reprehensor, posted at 911blogger.com, June 5, 2008

Amy Goodman made note of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of RFK today
with a tribute that included a useful history of the life and times of RFK,
but Goodman also parroted the establishment line that Sirhan Sirhan killed RFK.
Following this statement, Goodman played a segment of an interview with Sirhan’s
brother, Munir. During the segment, Munir notes that Sirhan has no memory of
what happened that night at the Ambassador Hotel, and never has been able to
remember what happened that night. Goodman then talked to John Pilger on the
telephone, and Pilger made the stunning admission that not only was he there
that night 40 years ago, he heard multiple shots, says that the shots kept coming
even after Sirhan had been wrestled to the ground, and he told this to the FBI.
Something tells me that Pilger would strongly agree with the recently released
acoustic evidence;

JOHN PILGER: … Sirhan leapt up on a serving area, pointed a gun at him and
fired. He was wrestled. Kennedy fell. He was wrestled to the ground, and then
there were other shots.

There’s no question that there was another gunman, because one of the
people who was hit, just grazed, was standing next to me, and that happened
when Sirhan Sirhan had been wrestled to the ground. So that’s the interesting
thing. There was another assassin or another several assassins. And then it
was bedlam. And as you know,… Continue reading

‘The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Killing Hope’

National Coalition on Political Assassinations in Los Angeles

40th Anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy Assassination

Important New Forensic Evidence

June 6-8, 2008, Los Angeles, CA

Custom Hotel
8639 Lincoln Blvd. (Pacific Coast Highway) at W. Manchester, near LAX
(310) 645-0400, or call toll-free in the US and Canada: (877) 287-8601
KJ’s Diner, Banquet Room
8731 Lincoln Blvd. (Pacific Coast Highway), at W. Manchester Ave.
Banquet Room has separate entrance on Loyola Blvd., parking available

Speakers and films:

Friday, June 6

Dinner: 6:00 pm, KJ’s Diner, Banquet Room, 8731 Lincoln Blvd. (Pacific Coast
Highway), at W. Manchester Ave.
Banquet Room has separate entrance on Loyola Blvd., parking available

Keynote: 7:00 pm
Custom Hotel, 8639 Lincoln Blvd. (Pacific Coast Highway) at W. Manchester Ave.
Prairie Room, 2nd Floor

Panel Discussion:

Dr. Robert Joling, forensic expert and co-author of An Open and Shut Case,
www.anopenandshutcase.com
Audio interview

Philip Van Praag, audio engineer, analyzed tape of RFK assassination with 13
shots, co-
author of An Open and Shut Case
CBS video
Audio interview

Paul Schrade, eyewitness and victim in the Ambassador pantry shooting in 1968,
working to reopen the case
Biography

Also speaking that night:

Dr. William Pepper, Esq, former attorney for James Earl Ray and Martin Luther
King
family in civil suit exonerating Ray, author of Orders to Kill
Biography

Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman from Georgia, presidential candidate,
2008 Green Party
Website

Friday night’s event will be live-streamed at our COPA website, www.politicalassassinations.com

Film after speakers, 10:00 pm

Mark Sobel, documentary filmmaker, producer… Continue reading

‘CIA Secret Experiments’, by National Geographic

On the 40th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination on June 5, 1968
and death on June 6th, National Geographic has produced a powerful new documentary,
CIA Secret Experiments. This riveting video reveals astonishing new facts on
the assassination at minutes 28 to 37. Numerous facts in the film suggest that
RFK may actually have been killed by a manchurian candidate programmed to commit
the murder under the influence of hypnotic mind control.

The RFK assassination is only one section of what is one of the best documentaries
exposing top secret government mind control programs. To view a five-minute
trailer of this disturbing, yet incredibly important video visit the first link
below. For the entire 45-minute film see the second link. For an even more revealing
documentary on the same topic by the History Channel, click here.

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/inside/3313/Overview – Trailer
(click on “Video”)

(watch below or click here–http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7593041103799709699 – CIA Secret Experiments
full film

Here’s how the film is described on the National Geographic website at the
first link above:

“It’s the height of the Cold War and the United States government is
desperate to combat the spread of Communism. The CIA launches a highly classified,
top secret research program into the covert use of biological and chemical
agents. In simulated attacks on enemy populations, entire cities in America
are contaminated with bacteria, exposing millions of Americans to germ warfare.
But the real focus of the research is on mastering the art of mind
control.

“Psychiatrists at top academic… Continue reading

Montreal 9/11 Truth welcomes David Ray Griffin & Michel Chossudovsky June 21

Montreal 9/11 Truth Presents

David Ray Griffin

professor, author, and lead researcher of the 9/11 cover-up

Come hear what the media won’t tell you
in a lecture chaired by

Michel Chossudovsky

Canadian economist and head of the Centre for Research on Globalization
www.globalresearch.ca

Saturday, 21 June 2008
19h30

(New Location for Event)

Centre St-Pierre

1212 rue Panet,rm.:100

5 min. walk from Beaudry metro

free parking

Tickets: $10 in advance at www.mtl911truth.org

(paypal option will be up and active in a few days)

OR

-check or money order payable to
Michael Pengue
4360 de Chateaubriand
Montreal, PQ
H2J2T8

or $15 at the door (Includes a free 9/11 dvd)

n.b. to all. Please clearly provide us your full name so we
can correctly identify people at the door confirming their payment. Also, please
provide your email address and an email will be sent confirming receipt of your
payment.

Profits will go to our March on Ottawa project

Please join us and sign our petition at:

www.ipetitions.com/petition/canada911truth/index.html

This year we demand the truth!

www.marchonottawa2008.org

drgmontreal

Hungry for Truth — Day 11

Blair Gadsby went to the doctor on this day of his hunger strike for 911 Truth.
11 days with out food and the doctor gave him a clean bill of health! Blair
is committed to seeing this thing through and will not compromise his request
of two hours of McCains time. Good weather permitting a plane is scheduled to
toe a 35 foot banner on friday between 5pm and 7pm, a rally of the movement
here in Phoenix has been set for that time in front of McCain’s office. The
banner will read “Google Hunger Strike for 911 Truth” the plane will
be over McCains office around 5pm for 15 to 20 minutes and then fly all over
the valley. With the plane in the air now would be a good time to call local
Radio and TV stations! Are you as hungry as we are?

Hungry for Truth — Day 10

The good news is just that, NEWS Coverage! Seeing a hard copy of the paper
this morning gave Blair a big boost of energy. KTVK Channel 3 sent out a camera
man this morning and interviewed Blair. Shortly after noon two McCain Staff
Members came out to the curb and offered to sit down with Blair, Gage and Jones
and allow them to present our side of the story to McCain’s staff, Blair stood
his ground and once again stated that he must have a two hour sit down with
McCain and allow media to be present.

Hungry for Truth–Day 9, and Media Action Alert

Day 9 of Blair Gadsby’s Hunger Strike for 9/11 Truth brought two radio interviews
and a phone interview from The Arizona Republic. Blair responded to
Senator McCain’s letter and Senator Karen Johnson issued her own written request
to Sen. McCain urging him to meet with Blair, and both Blair and Senator Johnson
were interviewed by Jack Blood on GCN radio network. It seems as though Blair
has cracked the veil of silence from the MSM as his 9/11 concerns will be stated
in a nArizona Republic newspaper article. Your constant calls, email and faxes
to the MSM are working (please see Media Alert below, to take action right now).
Now is not the time to slow down or scale back our efforts. Your actions are
empowering Blair and he feels it’s because of your efforts that this hunger
strike is receiving so much attention. It’s time to push back. Could the summer
of truth bring a crashing blow to the biggest cover-up of our time? -Tim King

See also: Article in Arizona Republic, Phoenix’s main corporate newspaper, available here.


Media Alert — Call to Action.

Hungry4Truth.com

Your Phone Calls and email are working! Hunger Strike activist Blair Gadsby
has finally broke in to the main stream media. Tuesday evening Blair was interview
by the Arizona Republic for an article that should come out Wednesday morning.
Rumor has it that the NBC affiliate in Phoenix reported on Karen Johnson’s request
to senator McCain’s office on the 10 o’clock news… Continue reading

9/11 Victims’ Families Send Letter Decrying Politicization Of Guantánamo Military Commissions

(6/3/2008)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: (646) 206-8643 or (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org

NEW YORK — Family members of 9/11 victims have sent a letter today to
Susan Crawford, Convening Authority of the Guantánamo military commissions,
sharply criticizing the politicization of the system. According to news reports,
a Pentagon representative secretly invited an outspoken supporter of the military
commissions to Guantánamo Bay for Thursday’s arraignment of Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed and four other detainees on terrorism-related charges, but did
not make this option available to family members who have expressed criticism
of the commissions. This type of politicization is symptomatic of the unconstitutional
and biased tribunal system, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The letter echoes the widespread call for a system to try the Guantánamo
detainees that adheres to the Constitution, stating, “As people who lost
loved ones in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we want nothing more than to see
that justice is served in the prosecution of suspects. However, we know that
no justice will come out of a system that has been compromised by politics and
stripped of the rule of law.”

The military commission proceedings have been subject to unlawful political
influence since they started. After holding detainees for over six years, the
government is now rushing through these cases, giving the defense just three
months to prepare for a trial timed to begin only weeks before the November
elections.

“The American public has every right to expect that prosecutions of 9/11
suspects will be conducted in a fair, open and honest manner that is not compromised
by crass political considerations.…

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History Commons Projects, Update on June 4, 2008

The History Commons has started two new timelines this week, both of which
cover overlaps between the site’s main projects. One of them deals with
the military analysts story. It has been garnering more attention since the
recent New York Times expose, but articles about it have dripped out over the
years and there is a wealth of material, which was previously split between
the Iran, Iraq Invasion, Iraq Occupation, and Detainee Abuse Timelines.
Read more

The second new timeline is called Neoconservative Think Tank Influence on
US Policies, and groups together entries that were previously split up between
the various Iran, Iraq, Detainee Abuse, and 9/11 projects.
Read more

Otherwise, the main additions to the History Commons this week were in the
9/11 Timeline and dealt with the 2002 Bali bombings, including some pretty specific
warnings, and al-Qaeda in Southeast Asia. In addition, there is more about the
time spent by two 9/11 hijackers in Thailand and the CIA’s seeming inability
to find them there, as well as extra material about British intelligence asset
and al-Qaeda recruiter Abu Hamza al-Masri.
Read more

The Invasion of Iraq Timeline has cross-posted entries from the military analysts
timeline that relate to Iraq. One thing about the press coverage that is interesting
is that while the major networks and the Washington Post got it wrong, and the
New York Times boasted the supreme talents of Judy Miller, Knight Ridder (now
McClatchy) actually got the story right, proving that it could be done.
Read… Continue reading

9/11 Debate Continues on AirAmerica’s Clout : 5/29 Lorie van Auken, John Judge & Kyle Hence; 5/22 Peter Dale Scott

by Jon Gold
May 26, 2008

5/28–SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Joining John and Kyle will be 9/11 Family Member, and “Jersey Girl” Lorie Van Auken who lost her husband Kenneth Van Auken.

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This week’s debate on Air America’s “Clout” with Richard Greene is destined to be a special one. As it stands right now, the two confirmed “pro-Truth” guests to appear are Kyle Hence, and John Judge, the founders of 9/11 CitizensWatch. Citizenswatch was a watchdog group of the 9/11 Commission that worked alongside the 9/11 Family Steering Committee. Along with the families, they called for the resignation of Executive Director Philip Zelikow, and at one point, they started an advertising campaign “demanding that Bush, Cheney, Clinton, Gore and Rice testify publicly, and under oath before the commission.” They ran “billboard advertisements in the Washington metro rail system for four weeks, as well as quarter-page ads in The Washington Post.” Thus far the one confirmed guest who does NOT agree that we need another investigation is Daniel Pinchbeck, the author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Tarcher, 2006 and editorial director of the web magazine, Reality Sandwich. Daniel’s position is that we need to move forward, not back.

9/11 CitizensWatch has appeared on C-SPAN:

6/18/2004 (RealPlayer Required)
7/22/2004 (RealPlayer Required)

Kyle Hence is the Executive Producer of “9/11: Press For Truth”, and “In Their Own Words: The Untold Stories Of the 9/11 Families”. John Judge has worked as the Special Projects Assistant to Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, has been a member of COPA for years, and is writing a critique of the 9/11 Commission Final Report for the 9/11 Research Center.…

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SPECIAL REPORT: SUING THE SAUDIS–Pinning the Blame for 9/11

SPECIAL REPORT: SUING THE SAUDIS
Pinning the blame for 9/11
Special Report: A Phila. law firm wages an epic legal battle to win billions from Saudi Arabia.

By Chris Mondics, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

First of two parts.

Less than a mile from the mournful place in Lower Manhattan where the World Trade Center came crashing to the ground, in a hushed federal courthouse, a small band of Philadelphia lawyers is prying loose secrets of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

It is here that the Cozen O’Connor law firm has filed an 812-page lawsuit on behalf of U.S. and global insurance companies alleging that Saudi Arabia and Saudi-backed Islamist charities nurtured and financed al-Qaeda, the author of those deadly attacks.

Led by its flinty chairman and founder, Stephen Cozen, the firm has invested thousands of hours and millions of dollars to scour the world for witnesses, documents and other evidence in its attempt to hold the oil-rich desert kingdom liable for more than $5 billion in damages.

Among the companies represented in the lawsuit are Chubb, Ace, Allstate, One Beacon, and nearly three dozen other insurers.

“Our concern was whether there was a viable case to be made against the defendant,” Cozen said, “and whether the defendant could pay.”

Round 1 in this titanic legal battle went to the Saudis and their high-powered lawyers three years ago when a U.S. District Court judge removed the government and Saudi royals as defendants.

Defense lawyers have declined repeated requests for interviews,… Continue reading

Update 6/3: Brooklyn International Film Festival to screen Able Danger Opening Night!

Opening Night – Brooklyn Lyceum
Friday, May 30, 2008

7:30pm – Opening Ceremony

8:00pm – FILM SCREENING

ABLE DANGER
Dir: Paul Krik, United States, 85 min, 2008, Feature
US Premiere. Cast & Crew in attendance.

abledangerstillThomas Flynn, the idealist owner of a left-leaning radical cafe-bookstore and the quixotic publisher of a hard-hitting 9/11 conspiracy expose, finds himself entangled with a mysterious Eastern European beauty, Kasia, who is on the run from the architects of a global 9/11 cover-up, in this contemporary take on classic film noir. When Thomas is implicated in the murder of his friend and employee, he’s forced to unravel Kasia’s complex web of lies while attempting to fight his natural attraction to her. As it turns out, Kasia possesses the smoking gun that proves the identities and methods of the real architects of 9/11, and Thomas is willing to risk everything to expose the truth.

More info, buy tickets, view full film details at Brooklyn International Film Festival site.

10:00pm – PARTY!
Complimentary Stella Artois beer and Glaceau Water.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by: Planethailand 212 Planethailand Williamsburg Babouche Restaurant

Music sets by DJs: Gibo Rosin Funky Junction

WHERE: Brooklyn Lyceum: 227 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

ABLE DANGER
US Premiere

WATCH TRAILER

Director: Paul Krik
United States, 2008, 85min
Format: HD-CAM
Festival Edition: 2008
Category: Feature

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showtime: 8:00 pm | Friday May 30 and June 6 | Brooklyn Lyceum buy tickets for this show

Cast: Elina Lowensohn, Adam Nee, Dave Coburn, Michael Burg, Tamarra Knaussz
Crew: Producers: Paul Krik, Katharina Lang, Ari Krepostman – Screenwriter: Paul Krik – Editor: Paul Krik & Roberto Serrini – Cinematographer: Charles Libin – Original Score: Michael Montes, John Roome, Alexander Schiebel – Sound: George Lara – Concept Director: Noah Ross – Art Director: Martina Nevermann, Willa Armbruster, Jose Barth Torres
Sales: Paul Krik – T: 917.664.6664
Email: paul [at] abledangerthemovie.com
Web: www.abledangerthemovie.com

synopsis
Thomas Flynn, the idealist owner of a left-leaning radical cafe-bookstore and the quixotic publisher of a hard-hitting 9/11 conspiracy expose, finds himself entangled with a mysterious Eastern European beauty, Kasia, who is on the run from the architects of a global 9/11 cover-up, in this contemporary take on classic film noir.…

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Hungry for Truth – Day 7

Day 8 of Blair Gadsby’s hunger strike for 9/11 Truth was met with opposition
and a written response from the office of U.S. Senator John McCain. Blair was
approached by the property manager at McCain’s office and a Phoenix police officer
and was told to remove his signs, stating that he was on private property. Numerous
signs and banners have been surrounding Blair during his hunger strike to add
to the visual affect. Wanting to comply with the law we had no choice but to
remove the signs and now he has only what he can physically hold. Later in the
day Blair made yet another visit inside the office to hand deliver a request
to meet with Senator McCain. At this moment Blair was handed a written response
to his request that stated the Senator’s schedule would not permit him to meet
with Blair at this time. (McCain’s response is below.) Notice the date on the
letter–May 30th!! They let Blair sit outside, in 100 plus degree weather, on
a hunger strike while that letter sat on someone’s desk inside the office all
weekend.

Blair is preparing a response to deliver to the office of John McCain.

Stay tuned for an interview with Blair on GCN’s Dead Line Live with Jack Blood
today or Wednesday.

Thanks to everyone supporting this action and sending Blair their thoughts
and well wishes. -Tim King

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This week Visibility 9-11 welcomes Blair Gadsby who is now in day 8 of his Hungry
for Truth… Continue reading

TONIGHT–Join the Center for Constitutional Rights for an Exciting Live Webcast

On Tuesday, June 3, join the Center for Constitutional Rights for an exciting
live webcast
of the event "True Crimes: The Untold Story Behind the Devastation
of Iraq." The event, which will take place at New York City’s Town Hall,
features bestselling author JEREMY SCAHILL, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer CHRIS
HEDGES, journalist LAILA AL-ARIAN, and The New Yorker’s SEYMOUR HERSH, as they
go behind the headlines to tell the untold story of the occupation of Iraq, the
daily plight of Iraqi civilians, and the ongoing role of private mercenaries in
America’s so-called "war on terror."

The webcast will stream live on CCR’s website on Tuesday, June 3, 7 p.m. EST.
Go here for more details.

This event also marks the book launches of Collateral Damage: America’s
War Against Iraqi Civilians
by Chris Hedges and Laila al-Arian and the
updated paperback edition of Blackwater: Rise of the World’s Most Powerful
Mercenary Army
by Jeremy Scahill.

CCR has worked with all of these authors in our pursuit of justice for the
victims of the war and occupation of Iraq. Recently, we filed new cases against
Blackwater for its killing of Iraqi civilians as well as a new case against
CACI and Titan, military contractors in Iraq who were responsible for interrogation
and translation at Abu Ghraib.

The event is co-sponsored by CCR, The Nation, Public Concern Foundation,
Democracy Now!, The Indypendent, CERSC, Democrats. com, Veterans for
Common Sense, Peace Action New York, Alternet and Tricycle.…

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Meet Blair Gadsby, Currently Engaged in Hunger Strike for Truth

 

AZ Senator Karen Johnson: “Blair has a lot of courage and I’m hoping that what he does here will be very effective and that it will bring the attention to Senator McCain that is needed, so that he will take another look at this and really understand that there are a lot more questions than answers out there. and that The folks that lost their loved ones in this horrible tragedy deserve to have answers. That’s what we need to do, is find these answers for them.”


Hungry for Truth – Day 7

Braving temperatures reaching 104 degrees and denying himself food, one man’s epic struggle to find the truth about 9/11 has resulted in a outpouring of support across the United States and around the world. Blair Gadsby has completed day 7 of his first ever Hunger Strike for 9/11 truth. In seven days Gadsby has been interviewed six times by the alternative media while being largely ignored by the MSM. No surprise there. On day seven a large rally was held to cheer Blair on as he enters week two. Fifty plus people showed up at various times throughout the evening to give Blair their support. During an internet radio interview conducted by Cosmos of truthaction.org, Blair received a call from Sydney, Australia. This proves that news of Blair’s hunger strike is circling the globe and hopefully his efforts will inspire others to stand up and demand a new investigation. Blair also received well wishes and a… Continue reading

Note from David Ray Griffin, Statement of Support for the NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative

David Ray Griffin
June 1, 2008

nyc ballot
Although I was not able to be present at the rally either in person or by telephone,
I wanted to express my strong support for the NYC
9/11 Ballot Initiative
.

There has never been a better time to get such an initiative on the ballot, because
the 9/11 Truth Movement’s case against the official account of 9/11 is now extremely
strong—much stronger than it was just two years ago.

For example, new evidence has been brought forth to show that the official account
of the destruction of the Twin Towers and WTC 7 cannot possibly be true. The NIST
Report has been shown to be completely inadequate, and a former employee of NIST
has spoken out
to verify what we already suspected—that NIST has become totally
politicized, so that its scientists are little more than “hired guns.”

Besides the fact that the NIST Report has been discredited, so has The 9/11
Commission Report
. Philip Shenon’s book has made public what we in the movement
have long known, that the 9/11 Commission was controlled by a man, Philip Zelikow,
who represented the Bush-Cheney White House. Shenon even shows that Zelikow had
outlined the whole report before the Commission’s staff had begun its work.

Moreover, some central pillars of the official account have been demolished by
the FBI. It has said it has no hard evidence that Osama bin Laden was responsible
for the attacks, that there were no cell phone calls from passengers… Continue reading

Lawyers want 9/11 trial dismissed (and related articles)

By Andrew O. Selsky
May 29, 2008

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Defense lawyers accused the government of
rushing the Sept. 11 defendants to trial at Guantánamo to influence the U.S.
presidential elections, and asked the military judge to dismiss the case in
a court filing obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

The filing also shows that the former chief prosecutor at Guantánamo, who resigned
in October over alleged political interference, was sanctioned by the military
on May 23 after testifying for the defense in a Guantánamo hearing.

The former prosecutor, Air Force Col. Morris Davis, wrote that the action will
discourage any other military members from providing information about the controversial
war-crimes tribunals. The tribunals’ legal adviser, Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas
Hartmann, told the AP Davis was sanctioned because of poor job performance and
not because he testified.

Military lawyers for alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and
four co-defendants revealed that prosecutors are seeking a Sept. 15 trial date
— weeks before the Nov. 4 election.

The five men accused of mounting the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed almost
3,000 people are to be arraigned June 5 at the U.S. Navy base in Guantánamo
Bay, Cuba — the most high-profile of the military commissions, as the
war-crimes proceedings are called.

"It is safe to say that there are senior officials in the military commission
process who believe that there would be strategic political value to having
these five men sitting in a death chamber… Continue reading